Say hello to the new kids in town…..and a giveaway!

 
Hi there!! I love when I get new things  in that have me really excited! Tabletop and personal accessories…two of my most favorite things that I seem to not be able to get enough of (my husband will attest to this) Is there any thing more fun than setting a beautiful table? This addition was born out of my love for entertaining and setting pretty tables…. When I find a line that I not only love but is really well priced, the first thing that comes to mind is selling them in my online store. Hence how my tabletop section got started.

 It is just  the beginning and over time I will be adding on, but for now I am super thrilled to be introducing these fabulous serving pieces, gorgeous linens (think spring), and super chic serving dishes. Everything is of the highest quality and priced right… a winning combination! These are as of today up on my online store, click here to visit.

 
 
LOVE these stunning classic salt and pepper shakers (very heavy, beautiful quality)

Margot salt and pepper shakers (heavy and beautiful quality) $45.00
Madeline salt and pepper shakers, heavy and beautiful quality $48.00

 
  Close up, just so elegant!!
 
 
Serving pieces…love these!!
All three styles come in slotted spoon, salad serving set, serving spoon, spreaders, cake spade

 Large wicker serving spoon $16.00
Close up of handle
 Heavy acrylic clear salad set $28.00

 Wicker cake spade  $18.00
 Antler and silver serving spoon $18.00

 Antler and silver spreader (set of 4)  $35.00, all three handles are offered in the spreaders

These are the three handles offered…..

And how about these classic porcelain and wicker serving dishes! These are so great for the summer! Comes in 5 sizes…all soon to be added, very elegant way to dress up any table…..

This shape is so practical…for larger dishes like mains or a lasagne, and the smaller one for potatoes, or rice…love these! (removable wicker liner)

 Another oval med. ideal for sides

 Oval serving dish with wicker basket  $39.00 perfect for vegetables or any side dish




Another love for me is accessories, I am a definite girly girl. Love handbags, clothes, jewelry, beautiful bath products, you name it…….so this section, while not the focus of my shop is just another extension of me and what I love. Got these awesome spring/summer bags, wicker/rattan with fun leather trim and bamboo accents. How great are these? They look like a million dollars but are soo affordable. I think these are so  chic!! I cannot wait for the warm weather to arrive just so I can use these bags!! For now these will be under New arrivals, some are now listed as of today and more are being added  but they will soon be in their own little section entitled “Personal accessories”and you better believe I will have fun building on that! So take a look at these pretties…..click here for new arrivals.

The totes are only $75.00 the clutches are $60.00
Love the bamboo and top stitch detailing….

Each of the clutches comes with a gold chain if you want to use it over the shoulder…..



  And the best part about this post is that I am offering a giveaway!! I am offering up either your choice of  one salad serving set or a salt and pepper set to celebrate! One winner to be announced on Friday morning.
 

 
 
To enter…. all you need to do is visit my online store, come back here and tell me one thing you would to receive. If you can’t stop at one, no problem pick two or three🙂  Anonymous– you must put your first name and last name initial in the comment box! 
 
To all my subscribers who email me with their comments- PLEASE click on title of my post in your email, it will take you directly to my website where if you scroll to bottom of post you can leave a comment. Either by signing in with gmail, or just putting your name or anonymous. This is the only way I get the names for the contest.
 

  If you want a second chance, leave a comment on The Enchanted Home’s Facebook page, by clicking here. 

 
As always if you have any questions at all about anything in my online store, just email me here. Thanks for stopping in and wishing you a wonderful day!
 
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Say hello to the new kids in town…..and a giveaway!


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Hi there!! I love when I get new things? in that have me really excited! Tabletop and personal accessories…two of my most favorite things that I seem to not be able to get enough of (my husband will attest to this) Is there any thing more fun than setting a beautiful table? This addition was born out of my love for entertaining and setting pretty tables…. When I find a line that I not only love but is really well priced, the first thing that comes to mind is selling them in my online store. Hence how my tabletop section got started.

?It is just? the beginning and over time I will be adding on, but for now I am super thrilled to be introducing these fabulous serving pieces, gorgeous linens (think spring), and super chic serving dishes. Everything is of the highest quality and priced right… a winning combination! These are as of today up on my online store, click here to visit.

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LOVE these stunning classic salt and pepper shakers (very heavy, beautiful quality)

Margot salt and pepper shakers (heavy and beautiful quality) $45.00
Madeline salt and pepper shakers, heavy and beautiful quality $48.00

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? Close up, just so elegant!!

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Serving pieces…love these!!

All three styles come in slotted spoon, salad serving set, serving spoon, spreaders, cake spade

?Large wicker serving spoon $16.00
Close up of handle
?Heavy acrylic clear salad set $28.00

?Wicker cake spade? $18.00
?Antler and silver serving spoon $18.00

?Antler and silver spreader (set of 4)? $35.00, all three handles are offered in the spreaders

These are the three handles offered…..

And how about these classic porcelain and wicker serving dishes! These are so great for the summer! Comes in 5 sizes…all soon to be added, very elegant way to dress up any table…..

This shape is so practical…for larger dishes like mains or a lasagne, and the smaller one for potatoes, or rice…love these! (removable wicker liner)

?Another oval med. ideal for sides

?Oval serving dish with wicker basket? $39.00 perfect for vegetables or any side dish




Another love for me is accessories, I am a definite girly girl. Love handbags, clothes, jewelry, beautiful bath products, you name it…….so this section, while not the focus of my shop is just another extension of me and what I love. Got these awesome spring/summer bags, wicker/rattan with fun leather trim and bamboo accents. How great are these? They look like a million dollars but are soo affordable. I think these are so? chic!! I cannot wait for the warm weather to arrive just so I can use these bags!! For now these will be under New arrivals, some are now listed as of today and more are being added? but they will soon be in their own little section entitled “Personal accessories”and you better believe I will have fun building on that! So take a look at these pretties…..click here for new arrivals.

The totes are only $75.00 the clutches are $60.00
Love the bamboo and top stitch detailing….

Each of the clutches comes with a gold chain if you want to use it over the shoulder…..



? And the best part about this post is that I am offering a giveaway!! I am offering up either your choice of? one salad serving set or a salt and pepper set to celebrate! One winner to be announced on Friday morning.

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To enter…. all you need to do is visit my online store, come back here and tell me one thing you would to receive. If you can’t stop at one, no problem pick two or three:)? Anonymous– you must put your first name and last name initial in the comment box!?

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To all my subscribers who email me with their comments- PLEASE click on title of my post in your email, it will take you directly to my website where if you scroll to bottom of post you can leave a comment. Either by signing in with gmail, or just putting your name or anonymous. This is the only way I get the names for the contest.

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? If you want a second chance, leave a comment on The Enchanted Home’s Facebook page, by clicking here.?

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As always if you have any questions at all about anything in my online store, just email me here. Thanks for stopping in and wishing you a wonderful day!

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My Oscar recap…

Happy Monday evening to you! OK,  I feel like I have earned the right to do this because afterall I started my “Oscar marathon” at 4pm yesterday on the red carpet with the” E channel gang” and didn’t move a muscle (except to eat my popcorn) until just before midnight, yep…even made it to some of the “after show” parties! Imagine all this, from the comfort of my own home and I can assure you I was by far the most comfy of all the guests:) Take that,  all you spanx and Loubutin wearing starlets though truth is if I had been invited, I would have been on the next flight out of here!
 
So……here is my recap on all the glamour, fun, highs and lows hits and misses, the whole enchilada. Please allow me to preface this by first saying this is totally subjective, not in any way meant to offend anyone, that its all relative…….its Hollywood for goodness sake!  This is all in the name of fun and entertainment. Part of what makes the recapping so much fun is how we all see things differently……. Cheers to that!
 
This is just my honest take on the show. I actually loved the show overall and felt it was one of the best in years……but we all know there are hits and misses!
 
The hits that speak for themselves…..
 
I felt a definite touch of old Hollywood glamour on Hollywood’s biggest night and I loved and lapped up every minute. From the opening dance of Charlize and Channing….my what a dashing pair to all the nods to “old Hollywood” dressing, the men in their crisps tuxedos, the women glittering like Oscars themselves in their beaded fitted flowy and colorful gowns. All of it for the most part so incredibly glamorous (there were exceptions and we will get to that later) So here is who I think embodied the “Hollywood actress that  knows how to rock the red carpet” vibe…..
 

Jessica….so elegant and graceful

Naomi looking better than ever, great color for her!

Octavia, thought this was so flattering and a beautiful choice for her

Jennifer  embodies the new Hollywood princess, who even takes a tumble every now and then!

Charlize…the picture of elegance, sophistication and cool beauty

 I thought she looked fabulous and carried off this color and style beautifully!

Initially I went back and forth but since this is the color I want my master bedroom swathed in, I decided to fall in love. She does look quite elegant, maybe would have opted for a different hairstyle but the dress is a work of art.
Kerry looked beautiful in this stunner of a gown, loved the beaded bodice and bow…..great color
Georgina Chapman (wife of Harvey Weinstein) and of Marchesa fame….always so elegant

I didn’t care for the bottom but overall thought she looked so pretty

 While it did not initially “wow” me, I have to say I do think she looks great, its age appropriate flattering, elegant and hey its Americas sweetheart…I love Sandra! (Shes the Kelly Clarkson of movies, knows how to keep it real)

 Zoey looked so pretty in this blue floaty gown….it compliments her beautiful eyes so well

Adele is so pretty and I love that she dresses for her body in things shes comfortable in

The misses or near misses  (but I at least tell you why and my own thinking behind what went wrong)
 

Helen, what would possess you to have H&M make you a dress that looks like a wrinkled mess before the show even starts? Girlfriend…… there’s a time and place to go for the almighty bargain and to try to make an ” eco statement” but  I think we can all agree……the red carpet is most definitely not the time OR the place!

Near miss- Jen, yes we  know you are very pretty. and that it doesn’t  take much effort for you to look good and you seem to rely on that which is awesome.  But seriously…….could you just this once have done something with “the hair” (yes the hair is spoken to in third person) its that famous. Maybe a half up do with a gorgeous pair of earrings perhaps? A touch of red lipstick? Still love you though!
 
 

 This picture sort of leaves me speechless…so lets stop there. Hey, at least she was having fun hamming it up!

 She has  a very pretty face, is hysterical and you can see is genuinely comfortable in her own skin, bravo to her BUT what was she thinking? This dull gray jersey dress did nothing for her, the mullet of the hairstyle can only be worn by people like Babe Paley and other serious style icons….I just didn’t get this at all and can think of 10 other looks and colors that would be been way more flattering.

 Anne, I love you and always think you are so elegant and classy, but I expected more…sorry! (did love your hair though) The “darts” were also not very becoming and a bit of an unfortunate optical illusion! What can I say to me you are a fashion icon so this just fell a little short.

Kristin…ugh, were you taking a nap and woke up and decided to  maybe just maybe to hit the red carpet? That’s what it looked like…..I mean you could have at least brushed your hair!!
 Pretty girl but it was all too “pale”. I also feel like this dress appears dated like it belonged to a country and western star accepting an award years ago, not feeling it…if she was going to do this she should have brightened up her face with more color…something!

Salma, you are a pint sized bombshell…we all know that but this particular dress in my humble opinion belongs on a tall starlet..its just too much for your tiny frame and I feel like it swallows you up. And I don’t know…… black velvet in California? Just not feeling it…sorry but don’t feel too sorry for her because she is  afterall married to the most amazing closet husband in the world!
 
 
My new BFF’S
Two people that I could see being bff’s with…just love their candid authentic personalities, you can tell they are the “real deal”… we would get along famously, I can just tell!

If either of you are reading this, I am free for lunch  next Thurs. or Friday but after 1:) Call me!

 
Best commercial….
Best commercial of the night…JCP gotta hand it to you. You are proving that you are really do have more than 9 lives and sure came out swinging a home run with this beautiful commercial ( I was sure it was for Hallmark or the Wounded Warriors or something like that, really was surprised  when I saw it was JCP) but it was so well done…
 

 
 
 
Adele’s voice…..
Loved Adele’s song and her reaction was so real….that voice, is just something!

 
 
Best Speech
Best speech of the night..its actually a 2 way tie, between Daniel Day Lewis and Ben Affleck, so if you  missed them there they are! I felt they were both incredibly humbled and you could see and feel the emotion..it just made you so happy for them. Not to mention they both represented two fabulous films, well done boys!
 

Biggest mysteries of the night, things that make you go hummmm……..
What was up with Renee’s eyes? Why couldn’t she read much less open her eyes? Every time she was handed a cue card, she passed it to someone  else and she seemed to be having a hard time standing up? It was really bizarre and did not go unnoticed…….

Just what does Jane do to look so amazingly young and fit? Inquiring minds need to know!
Why oh why was Brandi there? Shes a reality show housewife with a filthy mouth and then to boot she wore this horrid ensemble. Yikes! Hey Brandi….newsflash, have you ever heard of “leave something to the imganation”?

 
Barbara I love you…..and your voice is still sooo amazing but why didn’t anyone tell you long sharp nails frosted nonetheless went out a long time ago with shoulder pads,velvet chokers and waist high jeans

  Cutest and happiest looking couple(s)….
 Love how real they both seem……..love them
 Channing and Jenna..so sweet!

 Didn’t love her dress but she still looks beautiful and they do seem so happy…good for them!

 Gotta say she looks so happy…….at last:) She is positively glowing!
 Love how they seem like they are best friends…….his warmth and authenticity cancels out the fact that I was “not feeling” her decision to wear pants on the red carpet
And I must include this “one of a kind couple” because judge them as you will…they are totally meant for one another and do seem quite happy:) Loves come in all shapes, sizes and colors and clothing choices!
Are you wondering who their hairdressers are? Me too:)
And finally while  a few of his jokes might have crossed the line (and there were indeed some that probably should not have been included), or fell flat, I think Seth overall did a great  job. I actually really enjoyed his wit, humor and quite good voice ( a surprise). He is really a talented guy and I thought a good choice….and Seth in reply to what you opened with, that you were on a quest to get Tommy Lee Jones to laugh..you succeeded! That was pretty funny and something I had noticed myself from previous shows. 

Hope you enjoyed my little Oscar rundown. Again its all meant to be in good fun, please take no offense to any playful criticism and know we can agree to disagree...we all know these people are amazing and have given us countless hours of awesome entertainment on the big screen so thank you for that! Hats off to you and congrats to all the winners……it was a beautiful night!

PS Helena Bottom Carter looks like a major fashion queen next to what I was wearing last night….think yoga pants, robe, fuzzy socks, you get the picture:) 
Your turn…who knocked it out of the park in your book and who never made it past homeplate? Do tell! 

My Oscar recap…

Happy Monday evening to you! OK,? I feel like I have earned the right to do this because afterall I started my “Oscar marathon” at 4pm yesterday on the red carpet with the” E channel gang” and didn’t move a muscle (except to eat my popcorn) until just before midnight, yep…even made it to some of the “after show” parties! Imagine all this, from the comfort of my own home and I can assure you I was by far the most comfy of all the guests:) Take that,? all you spanx and Loubutin wearing starlets though truth is if I had been invited, I would have been on the next flight out of here!

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So……here is my recap on all the glamour, fun, highs and lows hits and misses, the whole enchilada. Please allow me to preface this by first saying this is totally subjective, not in any way meant to offend anyone, that its all relative…….its Hollywood for goodness sake!? This is all in the name of fun and entertainment. Part of what makes the recapping so much fun is how we all see things differently……. Cheers to that!

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This is just my honest take on the show. I actually loved the show overall and felt it was one of the best in years……but we all know there are hits and misses!

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The hits that speak for themselves…..

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I felt a definite touch of old Hollywood glamour on Hollywood’s biggest night and I loved and lapped up every minute. From the opening dance of Charlize and Channing….my what a dashing pair to all the nods to “old Hollywood” dressing, the men in their crisps tuxedos, the women glittering like Oscars themselves in their beaded fitted flowy and colorful gowns. All of it for the most part so incredibly glamorous (there were exceptions and we will get to that later) So here is who I think embodied the “Hollywood actress that? knows how to rock the red carpet” vibe…..

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Jessica….so elegant and graceful

Naomi looking better than ever, great color for her!

Octavia, thought this was so flattering and a beautiful choice for her

Jennifer? embodies the new Hollywood princess, who even takes a tumble every now and then!

Charlize…the picture of elegance, sophistication and cool beauty

?I thought she looked fabulous and carried off this color and style beautifully!

Initially I went back and forth but since this is the color I want my master bedroom swathed in, I decided to fall in love. She does look quite elegant, maybe would have opted for a different hairstyle but the dress is a work of art.
Kerry looked beautiful in this stunner of a gown, loved the beaded bodice and bow…..great color
Georgina Chapman (wife of Harvey Weinstein) and of Marchesa fame….always so elegant

I didn’t care for the bottom but overall thought she looked so pretty

?While it did not initially “wow” me, I have to say I do think she looks great, its age appropriate flattering, elegant and hey its Americas sweetheart…I love Sandra! (Shes the Kelly Clarkson of movies, knows how to keep it real)

?Zoey looked so pretty in this blue floaty gown….it compliments her beautiful eyes so well

Adele is so pretty and I love that she dresses for her body in things shes comfortable in



The misses or near misses? (but I at least tell you why and my own thinking behind what went wrong)

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Helen, what would possess you to have H&M make you a dress that looks like a wrinkled mess before the show even starts? Girlfriend…… there’s a time and place to go for the almighty bargain and to try to make an ” eco statement” but? I think we can all agree……the red carpet is most definitely not the time OR the place!

Near miss- Jen, yes we? know you are very pretty. and that it doesn’t? take much effort for you to look good and you seem to rely on that which is awesome.? But seriously…….could you just this once have done something with “the hair” (yes the hair is spoken to in third person) its that famous. Maybe a half up do with a gorgeous pair of earrings perhaps? A touch of red lipstick? Still love you though!

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?This picture sort of leaves me speechless…so lets stop there. Hey, at least she was having fun hamming it up!

?She has? a very pretty face, is hysterical and you can see is genuinely comfortable in her own skin, bravo to her BUT what was she thinking? This dull gray jersey dress did nothing for her, the mullet of the hairstyle can only be worn by people like Babe Paley and other serious style icons….I just didn’t get this at all and can think of 10 other looks and colors that would be been way more flattering.

?Anne, I love you and always think you are so elegant and classy, but I expected more…sorry! (did love your hair though) The “darts” were also not very becoming and a bit of an unfortunate optical illusion! What can I say to me you are a fashion icon so this just fell a little short.

Kristin…ugh, were you taking a nap and woke up and decided to? maybe just maybe to hit the red carpet? That’s what it looked like…..I mean you could have at least brushed your hair!!
?Pretty girl but it was all too “pale”. I also feel like this dress appears dated like it belonged to a country and western star accepting an award years ago, not feeling it…if she was going to do this she should have brightened up her face with more color…something!

Salma, you are a pint sized bombshell…we all know that but this particular dress in my humble opinion belongs on a tall starlet..its just too much for your tiny frame and I feel like it swallows you up. And I don’t know…… black velvet in California? Just not feeling it…sorry but don’t feel too sorry for her because she is? afterall married to the most amazing closet husband in the world!

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My new BFF’S

Two people that I could see being bff’s with…just love their candid authentic personalities, you can tell they are the “real deal”… we would get along famously, I can just tell!

If either of you are reading this, I am free for lunch? next Thurs. or Friday but after 1:) Call me!


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Best commercial….

Best commercial of the night…JCP gotta hand it to you. You are proving that you are really do have more than 9 lives and sure came out swinging a home run with this beautiful commercial ( I was sure it was for Hallmark or the Wounded Warriors or something like that, really was surprised? when I saw it was JCP) but it was so well done…

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Adele’s voice…..

Loved Adele’s song and her reaction was so real….that voice, is just something!





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Best Speech
Best speech of the night..its actually a 2 way tie, between Daniel Day Lewis and Ben Affleck, so if you? missed them there they are! I felt they were both incredibly humbled and you could see and feel the emotion..it just made you so happy for them. Not to mention they both represented two fabulous films, well done boys!

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Biggest mysteries of the night, things that make you go hummmm……..
What was up with Renee’s eyes? Why couldn’t she read much less open her eyes? Every time she was handed a cue card, she passed it to someone? else and she seemed to be having a hard time standing up? It was really bizarre and did not go unnoticed…….

Just what does Jane do to look so amazingly young and fit? Inquiring minds need to know!
Why oh why was Brandi there? Shes a reality show housewife with a filthy mouth and then to boot she wore this horrid ensemble. Yikes! Hey Brandi….newsflash, have you ever heard of “leave something to the imganation”?

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Barbara I love you…..and your voice is still sooo amazing but why didn’t anyone tell you long sharp nails frosted nonetheless went out a long time ago with shoulder pads,velvet chokers and waist high jeans

? Cutest and happiest looking couple(s)….
?Love how real they both seem……..love them
?Channing and Jenna..so sweet!

?Didn’t love her dress but she still looks beautiful and they do seem so happy…good for them!

?Gotta say she looks so happy…….at last:) She is positively glowing!
?Love how they seem like they are best friends…….his warmth and authenticity cancels out the fact that I was “not feeling” her decision to wear pants on the red carpet
And I must include this “one of a kind couple” because judge them as you will…they are totally meant for one another and do seem quite happy:) Loves come in all shapes, sizes and colors and clothing choices!
Are you wondering who their hairdressers are? Me too:)
And finally while? a few of his jokes might have crossed the line (and there were indeed some that probably should not have been included), or fell flat, I think Seth overall did a great? job. I actually really enjoyed his wit, humor and quite good voice ( a surprise). He is really a talented guy and I thought a good choice….and Seth in reply to what you opened with, that you were on a quest to get Tommy Lee Jones to laugh..you succeeded! That was pretty funny and something I had noticed myself from previous shows.?

Hope you enjoyed my little Oscar rundown. Again its all meant to be in good fun, please take no offense to any playful criticism and know we can agree to disagree...we all know these people are amazing and have given us countless hours of awesome entertainment on the big screen so thank you for that! Hats off to you and congrats to all the winners……it was a beautiful night!

PS Helena Bottom Carter looks like a major fashion queen next to what I was wearing last night….think yoga pants, robe, fuzzy socks, you get the picture:)?
Your turn…who knocked it out of the park in your book and who never made it past homeplate? Do tell!?


A young couples living room project!

Hi there……everyone watch The Oscars last night?  I lapped it up, and really enjoyed the show. So happy to see Argo do so well, though I would have been as happy had Silver Linings Playbook take the prize. Really happy Jennifer won, love how real she is and Daniel Day Lewis admittedly was fabulous as Lincoln though I have to admit I was rooting for Bradley Cooper who I thought was incredible in SLP.  I will cover my hits and misses on the fashion front later this week. Moving along……

I so enjoyed this recent project, and it turned out to be super successful as the young couple who hired me to create three mood boards ended up being so happy with them that they have already nearly ordered their entire living room! No grass growing under their feet, they lead busy lives and wanted to jump right in!

A little background, they are a young couple, married for a few years, he is almost done with his medical residency, and she is a teacher. They live in Chicago so wanted something polished and sophisticated but young. They are on a very limited budget but have great taste and both have an appreciation for design. They wanted an all white room (no kids) and they thought if there was a time to do this, it was now! Did not want to bring much color, wanted it monochromatic but were not opposed to a little bling (tasteful bling that is)  They needed to complete their living room for under $6000.

A challenge but certainly not impossible. The biggest splurge and their first purchase was the Thomas O Brien rug which they both fell in love with. But that purchase made for having to find great looking bargains for everything else. The white slipcovered sofa they found as a floor sample at a local store for 700.00, the two chairs from Ikea. And the accessories from a variety of places. Most pillows were between $24-50.00. The tables, on average about $200 and the chest which they both loved was the most expensive table, at $500. Mirrors and art were also very affordable.  He loves horses so one of the options was with a horse giclee. They celebrated their  honeymoon in Venice, hence the Venetian picture in mood board #2. She also didn’t mind adding a touch of light blue so one of the paintings has the softest hint of pale blue. They both loved the idea of gold accents to glam it up and she loved the idea of a textured pillow featured in one of the boards.

So that’s a little background. Now…the fun part! Here are the boards, all  similar in feel but each slightly different. They thought it would be fun to ask my savvy readers as I did last time with the beach house mood boards…….. do you have a favorite?

Remember all sizes are not totally to scale so if a lamp looks too big or small or a pillow, bear in mind these are strictly concepts:)

So does one stand out to you as a favorite? If so which? There are many elements that are the same (things they liked) but we changed up things like the pillows, lamps, mirrors,art,etc…..I always love to hear what you have to say. Thanks for stopping by and wishing you a wonderful start to your week!

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A young couples living room project!

Hi there……everyone watch The Oscars last night?? I lapped it up, and really enjoyed the show. So happy to see Argo do so well, though I would have been as happy had Silver Linings Playbook take the prize. Really happy Jennifer won, love how real she is and Daniel Day Lewis admittedly was fabulous as Lincoln though I have to admit I was rooting for Bradley Cooper who I thought was incredible in SLP.? I will cover my hits and misses on the fashion front later this week. Moving along……

I so enjoyed this recent project, and it turned out to be super successful as the young couple who hired me to create three mood boards ended up being so happy with them that they have already nearly ordered their entire living room! No grass growing under their feet, they lead busy lives and wanted to jump right in!

A little background, they are a young couple, married for a few years, he is almost done with his medical residency, and she is a teacher. They live in Chicago so wanted something polished and sophisticated but young. They are on a very limited budget but have great taste and both have an appreciation for design. They wanted an all white room (no kids) and they thought if there was a time to do this, it was now! Did not want to bring much color, wanted it monochromatic but were not opposed to a little bling (tasteful bling that is)? They needed to complete their living room for under $6000.

A challenge but certainly not impossible. The biggest splurge and their first purchase was the Thomas O Brien rug which they both fell in love with. But that purchase made for having to find great looking bargains for everything else. The white slipcovered sofa they found as a floor sample at a local store for 700.00, the two chairs from Ikea. And the accessories from a variety of places. Most pillows were between $24-50.00. The tables, on average about $200 and the chest which they both loved was the most expensive table, at $500. Mirrors and art were also very affordable.? He loves horses so one of the options was with a horse giclee. They celebrated their? honeymoon in Venice, hence the Venetian picture in mood board #2. She also didn’t mind adding a touch of light blue so one of the paintings has the softest hint of pale blue. They both loved the idea of gold accents to glam it up and she loved the idea of a textured pillow featured in one of the boards.

So that’s a little background. Now…the fun part! Here are the boards, all? similar in feel but each slightly different. They thought it would be fun to ask my savvy readers as I did last time with the beach house mood boards…….. do you have a favorite?

Remember all sizes are not totally to scale so if a lamp looks too big or small or a pillow, bear in mind these are strictly concepts:)

So does one stand out to you as a favorite? If so which? There are many elements that are the same (things they liked) but we changed up things like the pillows, lamps, mirrors,art,etc…..I always love to hear what you have to say. Thanks for stopping by and wishing you a wonderful start to your week!

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Which would you choose? Academy award edition!

Happy Saturday to you! We all know what time it is (tomorrow)…..why The Oscars of course!! I love nothing more than getting into something cozy, grabbing some favorite snacks and settling into a cozy chair to take in all the Oscar glamour! My family knows to not disturb me come Sunday around 4pm unless its a MAJOR emergency…they know I take my  “entertainment tonight preshow” very seriously. Hey in a family of all “men”…its not an easy battle to always win! How about you? I admittedly, call me vain,  enjoy the pre show maybe a tad more than I do the actual awards but its all in good fun and sooooo glamorous.

So this year as I did last…its time to pretend that you are actually going to the big show. Yes, you get to sashay down the red carpet and strut your stuff! So…..the big question is what are you wearing? Or let me rephrase that who are you wearing as they  say in red carpet world. Here we have 18 wonderful amazingly beautiful choices, and I not only want to hear what you are wearing but want to hear all the details…..right down to your hair, bag and shoes and of course the bling! So do tell…..and we are off!

CHOICE 1
Lanvin
CHOICE 2
Alexander McQueen
 CHOICE 3
Elie Saab

 CHOICE 4

Halston Heritage

                                 

CHOICE 5
Donna Karan
 CHOICE 6

Emilio Pucci
CHOICE 7
Notte by Marchesa
CHOICE 8
Burberry Prosum
CHOICE  9

Notte by Marchesa
CHOICE 10
Kaufman Franco
CHOICE 11

Elie Saab
CHOICE 12
Lanvin

 
CHOICE 13

Roland Mouret
  
CHOICE 14
Temperley London

 
 
 CHOICE 15
 

Marchesa

 
 CHOICE 16

 
CHOICE 17

Elie Saab

 
CHOICE 18

Elie Saab

 
 Lest I forget to mention….all bodies above included, yep that’s right the arms, the legs, the 19″ waists…the whole enchilada!
 
Can you stand the beauty and elegance? Only thing about choosing is how hard it is to narrow it down to one. So many of always ask who I would choose so I am going to start these Which would you choose posts with the first comment being my own, so let me get busy deciding! Can’t wait to see who takes home the gold! Enjoy the show and have a wonderful weekend……
 
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Which would you choose? Academy award edition!

Happy Saturday to you! We all know what time it is (tomorrow)…..why The Oscars of course!! I love nothing more than getting into something cozy, grabbing some favorite snacks and settling into a cozy chair to take in all the Oscar glamour! My family knows to not disturb me come Sunday around 4pm unless its a MAJOR emergency…they know I take my? “entertainment tonight preshow” very seriously. Hey in a family of all “men”…its not an easy battle to always win! How about you? I admittedly, call me vain,? enjoy the pre show maybe a tad more than I do the actual awards but its all in good fun and sooooo glamorous.

So this year as I did last…its time to pretend that you are actually going to the big show. Yes, you get to sashay down the red carpet and strut your stuff! So…..the big question is what are you wearing? Or let me rephrase that who are you wearing as they? say in red carpet world. Here we have 18 wonderful amazingly beautiful choices, and I not only want to hear what you are wearing but want to hear all the details…..right down to your hair, bag and shoes and of course the bling! So do tell…..and we are off!

CHOICE 1
Lanvin

CHOICE 2
Alexander McQueen
?CHOICE 3
Elie Saab

?CHOICE 4

Halston Heritage

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CHOICE 5
Donna Karan
?CHOICE 6

Emilio Pucci

CHOICE 7
Notte by Marchesa
CHOICE 8
Burberry Prosum
CHOICE? 9

Notte by Marchesa

CHOICE 10
Kaufman Franco

CHOICE 11

Elie Saab
CHOICE 12
Lanvin

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CHOICE 13

Roland Mouret
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CHOICE 14
Temperley London

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?CHOICE 15

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Marchesa

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?CHOICE 16

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CHOICE 17

Elie Saab

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CHOICE 18

Elie Saab

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?Lest I forget to mention….all bodies above included, yep that’s right the arms, the legs, the 19″ waists…the whole enchilada!

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Can you stand the beauty and elegance? Only thing about choosing is how hard it is to narrow it down to one. So many of always ask who I would choose so I am going to start these Which would you choose posts with the first comment being my own, so let me get busy deciding! Can’t wait to see who takes home the gold! Enjoy the show and have a wonderful weekend……

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I am back!

Good late afternoon!  I am back. Missed being in blogland…..even for a few days:) Half of my trip (4 days was spent “college shopping”…it was fun, incredibly cold, and adventurous. It was fun being on the road with my son except for when we fought about me wanting to stop and buy an umbrella and be 5 min late (gasp) to a presentation or when we argued about where to stop and eat. Besides that it was just peachy!  We enjoyed the quality time together and seeing the energy of those college campuses just made me want to be 18 all over again. Youth really is wasted on the young:)
 
I was supposed to leave today for VA. but my sister is sick and frankly I am a little wiped out so at my husbands insistence, am staying home and just going to catch up on all kinds of things that need my attention! Nothing like having an unexpected chunk of time to get productive!! So here is what’s new and exciting….
 
 
Got my window treatments done in my kitchen! Love it, it really warms up the space so much and my beloved blue and white fits in beautifully. This is Brunschwig and Fils, Digbys Tent for anyone who wants to know. I think I will have place mats made with my leftover fabric….(taken with my iPhone, better pictures to follow soon)
 
Here is the fabric, it was love at first sight…
 

 

The colors here are horrible…but you get the idea!

 

 
I am always on the prowl for really high quality faux flowers. I love flowers and nothing can replace the real deal but since I like to have them all over, it is both practical and maintenance free to have the faux around along with the real. So I was super thrilled to find the best cherry blossoms and fabulous orchid stems I have seen to date, I ordered a  bunch and will be adding them to my online shop under new arrivals. They are incredibly  real looking, beautiful stems, gorgeous blossoms come in 2 lengths, I opted for the “maximum wow factor” and went with the 54″, and the orchids are simply amazing, here they are…….
 

Mixed two stems of faux orchids with my real orchids…can you tell which is which?

One of my big jars filled with the white blossoms in my hallway
 The pink version
 And on my living room chest……

  Love them…waiting for my next batch to add a few more stems to each jar
 
Getting in some really fabulous new goodies for my shop. I am so excited, haven’t been this thrilled about new goods in a long time! I had mentioned my new tabletop soon to be added, it will up and running in the next day or two along with a tabletop giveaway to celebrate its arrival. Have some stunning new silver additions to my growing family of beautiful silver.  Then got some amazingly beautiful new blue and whites. If you are looking for an incredible and affordable tureen look no more, these are the prettiest I have seen without exaggeration.  So take a look at some of the new goodies! As always if you have any questions/inquires click here to email me. Most of these items are now up in  my online shop, click here to visit me!
 
 
Adore all these new silver pieces…..

LOVE this new planter…..perfect size for your favorite orchids or flowering plant! So elegant!

And how about these two crested beauties! The larger one is  a large planter or a wastepaper basket, love it for a beautiful bathroom……

Love this tray and actually have this in two of my own bathrooms…..a perfect size for any bathrom vanity or I love it for an elegant way to display spices in the kitchen!

And this gorgeous scalloped serving/display tray is perfect for any entertainer….

Check out these magnificent soup tureens…some of the prettiest I have seen!

This stunning Imari tureen makes my heart sing! Love love love it…..the antique version goes for $2500 and up, this one $165!

Doubles as a gorgeous planter and includes the stand

And love this blue and white beauty….

It is “antiqued” and is an identical replica to one that fetches thousands…….

And adore this new Chinese character ginger jar…perfect size alone, as a pair or part of an existing blue and white vignette!

 This is the perfect chunky jar, I call this the “chunkster” for a big spray of your favorite blossoms, branches, flowers, the size and mouth of the opening are just perfect for centerpiece jar, love this piece!! Brand new…. 16″ by 14″ wide

And for all you dough bowl lovers, I got in a box of four bowls (unexpectedly) and have one left to sell..it is 24″ long by about 12″ wide….beautiful! Email me here if you want it.

And here is how I am loving all this blue and white and silver in my own home…………..

The tureen that doubles as a planter..obviously have not added my moss yet but you get the idea!

  Proof that there is simply no such thing as “too much blue and white”!
 
Thanks for stopping in and wishing you a wonderful evening! I look forward to spending some time in blogland later and and catching up on all I have missed…..until next time! Have a wonderful evening.
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I am back!

Good late afternoon!? I am back. Missed being in blogland…..even for a few days:) Half of my trip (4 days was spent “college shopping”…it was fun, incredibly cold, and adventurous. It was fun being on the road with my son except for when we fought about me wanting to stop and buy an umbrella and be 5 min late (gasp) to a presentation or when we argued about where to stop and eat. Besides that it was just peachy!? We enjoyed the quality time together and seeing the energy of those college campuses just made me want to be 18 all over again. Youth really is wasted on the young:)

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I was supposed to leave today for VA. but my sister is sick and frankly I am a little wiped out so at my husbands insistence, am staying home and just going to catch up on all kinds of things that need my attention! Nothing like having an unexpected chunk of time to get productive!! So here is what’s new and exciting….

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Got my window treatments done in my kitchen! Love it, it really warms up the space so much and my beloved blue and white fits in beautifully. This is Brunschwig and Fils, Digbys Tent for anyone who wants to know. I think I will have place mats made with my leftover fabric….(taken with my iPhone, better pictures to follow soon)

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Here is the fabric, it was love at first sight…

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The colors here are horrible…but you get the idea!

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I am always on the prowl for really high quality faux flowers. I love flowers and nothing can replace the real deal but since I like to have them all over, it is both practical and maintenance free to have the faux around along with the real. So I was super thrilled to find the best cherry blossoms and fabulous orchid stems I have seen to date, I ordered a? bunch and will be adding them to my online shop under new arrivals. They are incredibly? real looking, beautiful stems, gorgeous blossoms come in 2 lengths, I opted for the “maximum wow factor” and went with the 54″, and the orchids are simply amazing, here they are…….

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Mixed two stems of faux orchids with my real orchids…can you tell which is which?

One of my big jars filled with the white blossoms in my hallway
?The pink version
?And on my living room chest……





? Love them…waiting for my next batch to add a few more stems to each jar

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Getting in some really fabulous new goodies for my shop. I am so excited, haven’t been this thrilled about new goods in a long time! I had mentioned my new tabletop soon to be added, it will up and running in the next day or two along with a tabletop giveaway to celebrate its arrival. Have some stunning new silver additions to my growing family of beautiful silver.? Then got some amazingly beautiful new blue and whites. If you are looking for an incredible and affordable tureen look no more, these are the prettiest I have seen without exaggeration.? So take a look at some of the new goodies! As always if you have any questions/inquires click here to email me. Most of these items are now up in? my online shop, click here to visit me!

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Adore all these new silver pieces…..

LOVE this new planter…..perfect size for your favorite orchids or flowering plant! So elegant!

And how about these two crested beauties! The larger one is? a large planter or a wastepaper basket, love it for a beautiful bathroom……

Love this tray and actually have this in two of my own bathrooms…..a perfect size for any bathrom vanity or I love it for an elegant way to display spices in the kitchen!

And this gorgeous scalloped serving/display tray is perfect for any entertainer….

Check out these magnificent soup tureens…some of the prettiest I have seen!

This stunning Imari tureen makes my heart sing! Love love love it…..the antique version goes for $2500 and up, this one $165!

Doubles as a gorgeous planter and includes the stand

And love this blue and white beauty….

It is “antiqued” and is an identical replica to one that fetches thousands…….

And adore this new Chinese character ginger jar…perfect size alone, as a pair or part of an existing blue and white vignette!

?This is the perfect chunky jar, I call this the “chunkster” for a big spray of your favorite blossoms, branches, flowers, the size and mouth of the opening are just perfect for centerpiece jar, love this piece!! Brand new…. 16″ by 14″ wide

And for all you dough bowl lovers, I got in a box of four bowls (unexpectedly) and have one left to sell..it is 24″ long by about 12″ wide….beautiful! Email me here if you want it.

And here is how I am loving all this blue and white and silver in my own home…………..

The tureen that doubles as a planter..obviously have not added my moss yet but you get the idea!

? Proof that there is simply no such thing as “too much blue and white”!

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Thanks for stopping in and wishing you a wonderful evening! I look forward to spending some time in blogland later and and catching up on all I have missed…..until next time! Have a wonderful evening.

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