Reflections of 2013 and Happy New Years Eve!!

Hello and Happy new years eve! Reporting  from sunny California…where the weather is just perfect in every sense. Sunny, warm, 70’s, zero humidity…….it is heaven especially coming from cold, icy NY! I prepared this post in advance…… I just cannot believe 2013 is over. Hard to believe we are about to start a whole new year…wow this one really flew. I feel like I say it every year but this year I really really mean it. It was a good year, a productive year and a year filled with many highlights. There are still many many things on my “to do” list and I am hoping that 2014 will allow me to bring those to fruition. I have a penchant for even numbers and 14 happens to be one of my lucky numbers so I am quite looking forward to 2014!

As I have done the last two years (wow cannot believe I have been blogging that long) I have created a post on reflections from this past year as well as a favorite post from each month of the last year. Hope you enjoy…I cannot thank you enough for your support, friendship, I feel incredibly fortunate and look forward to another wonderful year together! I will be back on Jan. 4th and very much look forward to resuming blogging and starting off 2014 with a bang!

Click on title of post to visit

JANUARY….One word with Tina from The Enchanted Home, I had fun answering my own questions on different things.

FEBRUARY   Building a blue and white collection. A fun post for any blue and white aficionado and how to start building a blue and white collection.

MARCH Three cheers for cherry blossoms. This post is so appropriate for March…cherry blossom beauty at its best!

APRIL Dining al fresco.….nothing quite like it!

MAY The perfect little getaway.  A recap from my wonderful trip to the beautiful Mayflower Inn and Spa.

JUNE Party central part 1. A fun look at the prep behind a birthday luncheon I threw for a friend…..

JULY Hamptons Panache. Love any excuse to talk about the wonderful Hamptons!

AUGUST  Why the beauty of fall sometimes makes me cry. One of my personal all time favorite posts.

SEPTEMBER How my home came to be. A look at how it all happened……it was fun to go down that road again!

OCTOBER Fall in the Hamptons. A fun post on visting my favorite beach town in the “off season”

NOVEMBER Yearning for urns part 2. A great post on so many wonderful ways to use urns…..

DECEMBER By Invitation only…..Christmas cocktails. Loved and enjoyed putting this fun post together!

Reflections on 2013…….

Taking advantage of time. It is a cliche but a true one at that.  I have learned how precious time really is…and to try to take advantage of “living in the moment”, seizing opportunities when they happen. I have gotten pretty bold about just going for it as opposed to saying one day I would like to do this or that. Time is so precious and it is a gift, don’t let it pass you by and then one day you have no choice but to look back with regret because that moment of opportunity has come and gone.

Quality vs. quantity in relationships. I have been very very blessed to have some incredible friendships. As with all things in life, some come and some go.           Many I have had for over 20 years and they are still going strong. Some have proven their friendship more than others…..I have learned that it is far more valuable to have a few close true authentic friends than a bunch of people who might not have your back or just be there when it’s fun and fabulous. You know a  good friend by how they react during a tough time, they know when you are sick or stressed and are there unconditionally with support, a hug and a smile. They are by your side not through not just the fun times but the tough ones, when you are sick or down….those are the friends who are the “real deal”.  I value and cherish the friendships I have and am incredibly thankful for them. You know who you are……a million thanks!


Becoming an empty nester. I honestly feel way way too young to almost be an empty nester. Just saying the word makes me well up. My “baby” all six feet of him will be off to college next year fulfilling his dream of playing college lacrosse…it is a dream we are so happy to share with him but it is a chapter closing to what has been virtually my entire life. To any of you who have young kids…..I cannot stress enough how important it is to find the enjoyment and joy out of even the small every day happenings….one day you will wake up and they too will be heading off to college. I have no regrets, I devoted my life to my three kids and wouldnt’ have it any other way. Take all the pictures you want to, even if people make fun of you for it (my family sure did) they will one day be the one thing that can “take you back” to their childhood and fond family memories.I know the silver lining in all of this is more time to myself to pursue dreams and ambitions that maybe had to take a backseat to my most important job, motherhood. More time with my hubby to work on projects together, and travel more……a new stage which will take getting used to. I am thankful to have so many amazingly fond memories of my kids when they were young and still “in my nest” but know there are many special times ahead……

Travel. I really miss traveling the way we used to. All except the flying part!  But thankfully there are meds to get me on the plane and keep me happy and calm! I plan to resume more traveling in the coming year and already have a few ideas for trips including that southern road trip that didn’t happen! I LOVE this quote and think it is so on the mark. Travel makes you feel alive and helps you see a different perspective both of the world all the way until you get home….you know that feeling of  walking into your home after being away and looking at things with a whole new set of eyes and renewed vigor! Travel really does invigorate me.

Slowing down. Up until about 6 years ago I was my happiest being busy 24/7. I was known as the one who was never home and if someone caught me at home it was  a surprise. Now (possibly in part thanks to blogging) I LOVE being home. I have in fact become a bit of a homebody, go figure! I am definitely my happiest being home, being in comfy yoga pants and doing things like blogging, reading, cooking up something yummy, sprucing up something around the house or plotting my next project:) I dont’ miss my frantic lifestyle of going morning, noon and night and love and relish this more relaxed stage of my life. I take it slow and am not afraid to say no to doing things…it is liberating!

Great food. Hey, whats life without something good to eat! I do not fit into my size 6’s anymore and of course I miss looking so svelte but I have to admit I do love good food, love cooking it, buying it and tasting it. Life is too short to not enjoy it. The only thing I want to do different in 2014 is to incorporate more exercise into my life. This might help offset my habit that is here to stay of eating great foods. Life wouldn’t be worth living without cheese, bread, a bit of chocolate,etc…..can’t give those up, no way. But I will start getting back to a regular exercise regimen! Goal for 2014……………of course while enjoying a nice chunk of parmigaiano and a good glass of wine 🙂


Everyone is fighting a battle. I totally believe this. No one and I mean no one goes through life unscathed. Everyone is fighting a battle, some big and some small. I love the saying ” the grass is greener where you water it”. It is easy to look over your shoulder to someone who might seemingly have it better than you but truth is things are not always what they seem. If you walk through life assuming that everyone has something they are battling….you might find yourself being more compassionate and empathetic towards people. I have adopted this and have found its made a difference in how I treat people.

All things worth having are worth waiting for. Boy is that ever true. Case in point my bedroom. I so believed in getting wall to wall carpet for my bedroom that it was worth the “standoff” with my husband for almost a year and a half! But finally we got it and I have been unstoppable in getting the room completed!! Window treatments got put up within weeks, my new lamps were placed on their nightstands, new down comforter and pillows ordered to fill the new linens…indeed the room has come together in just weeks because I felt inspired to finish it at long last. I walk into my room now and am overjoyed with how it makes me feel. It is truly my private oasis. A refuge to get away from our chaotic world, it is everything I wanted and dreamed of. It made me realize and confirmed how very true it that it is indeed worth the wait to get what you want, so don’t compromise if you don’t have to. Carry on with a little more fight…..think you will be happy in the end:)

Hope you enjoyed this post…..what are your own reflections from 2013? Learn something new or did something inspire you to carry into the new year? I like closing the door to the current year having learned a thing or two and starting the new year feeling inspired and enlightened.

 I thank you again for following along…without your support, friendship, encouraging words and countless emails (which I LOVE to read) this blog would cease to exist. You give me a great reason to get up and excited to blog and share so sending a great great big thank you! I look forward to an even better 2014! Cheers to a new year filled with all great things, good health, happiness, love and plenty of laughter:)

Because of this trip…my “Christmas magic” contest dates are slightly changed.
Instead of the deadline for submissions being Jan. 1st it is now Jan. 4th and
the contest will run Jan. 5th through Jan. 7th
. I will announce two lucky
winners on Jan. 8th. Details are below……
I also want to announce the start of my
final contest for 2013, “Christmas magic”. I will be collecting pictures as of
today through Jan. 4th.  I will hold the contest on Jan. 5th- 7th and announce
the winner(s) on Jan 8th. As the name implies….please send your pictures of
anything Christmas related, your decorated front door, a beautifully wrapped
gift, a table set with your Christmas finest, your darling kids and pets are
always a hit, whatever the name “Christmas magic” means to you! Since my “Hooray
for the Holidays” post included some Christmas pictures, if you would like to
use the entry you used for that please just email me to let me know and I will
be happy to include it. I cannot wait to start getting your entries!!
  • 2 entries per person (they must be your pictures, not downloaded from
    internet)
  • Please in subject line when you email me put Christmas Magic (get
    tons of emails )
 
Please email your pictures to theenchantedhome@gmail.com

Reflections of 2013 and Happy New Years Eve!!

Hello and Happy new years eve! Reporting? from sunny?California…where the weather is just perfect in?every sense. Sunny, warm, 70’s, zero humidity…….it is heaven especially coming from cold, icy NY! I prepared this post in advance……?I just cannot believe 2013 is over. Hard to believe we are about to start a whole new year…wow this one really flew. I feel like I say it every year but this year I really really mean it. It was a good year, a productive year and a year filled with many highlights. There are still many many things on my “to do” list and I am hoping that 2014 will allow me to bring those to fruition. I have a penchant for even numbers and 14 happens to be one of my lucky numbers so I am quite looking forward to 2014!

As I have done the last two years (wow cannot believe I have been blogging that long) I have created a post on reflections from this past year as well as a favorite post from each month of the last year. Hope you enjoy…I cannot thank you enough for your support, friendship, I feel incredibly fortunate and look forward to another wonderful year together! I will be back on Jan. 4th and very much look forward to resuming?blogging and starting off 2014 with a bang!

Click on title of post to visit

JANUARY….One word with Tina from The Enchanted Home, I had fun answering my own questions on different things.

FEBRUARY?? Building a blue and white collection. A fun post for any blue and white aficionado and how to start building a blue and white collection.

MARCH Three cheers for cherry blossoms. This post is so appropriate for March…cherry blossom beauty at its best!

APRIL Dining al fresco.….nothing quite like it!

MAY The perfect little getaway.? A recap from my wonderful trip to the beautiful Mayflower Inn and Spa.

JUNE Party central part 1. A fun look at the prep behind a birthday luncheon I threw for a friend…..

JULY Hamptons Panache. Love any excuse to talk about the wonderful Hamptons!

AUGUST? Why the beauty of fall sometimes makes me cry. One of my personal all time favorite posts.

SEPTEMBER How my home came to be. A look at how it all happened……it was fun to go down that road again!

OCTOBER Fall in the Hamptons. A fun post on visting my favorite beach town in the “off season”

NOVEMBER Yearning for urns part 2. A great post on so many wonderful ways to use urns…..

DECEMBER By Invitation only…..Christmas cocktails. Loved and enjoyed putting this fun post together!

Reflections on 2013…….

Taking advantage of time. It is a cliche but a true one at that.? I have learned how precious time really is…and to try to take advantage of “living in the moment”, seizing opportunities when they happen. I have gotten pretty bold about just going for it as opposed to saying one day I would like to do this or that. Time is so precious and it is a gift, don’t let it pass you by and then one day you have no choice but to?look back with regret because that moment of opportunity has come and gone.

Quality vs. quantity in relationships. I have been very very blessed to have some incredible friendships.?As with all things in life, some come and some go.?????????? Many I have had for over 20 years and they are still going strong. Some have proven their friendship more than others…..I have learned that it is far more valuable to have a few close true authentic friends than a bunch of people who might not have your back or just be there when it’s fun and fabulous. You know a? good friend by how they react during a tough time, they know when you are?sick or?stressed and are there unconditionally with support, a hug and?a smile. They are by your side not through not just the fun times but the tough ones, when you are sick or down….those are the friends who are the “real deal”.? I value and cherish the friendships I have and am incredibly thankful for them. You?know?who?you are……a million thanks!


Becoming an empty nester. I honestly feel way way too young to almost be an empty nester. Just saying the word makes me well up. My “baby” all six feet of him will be off to college next year fulfilling his dream of playing college lacrosse…it is a dream we are so happy to share with him but it is a chapter closing to what has been virtually my entire life. To any of you who have young kids…..I cannot stress enough how important it is to find the enjoyment and joy out of even the small every day happenings….one day you will wake up and they too will be heading off to college. I have no regrets, I devoted my life to my three kids and wouldnt’ have it any other way. Take all the pictures you want to, even if people make fun of you for it (my family sure did) they will one day be the one thing that can “take you back” to their childhood and fond family memories.I know the silver lining in all of this is more time to myself to pursue dreams and ambitions that maybe had to take a backseat to my most important job, motherhood. More time with my hubby to work on projects together, and travel more……a new stage which will take getting used to. I am thankful to have so many amazingly fond memories of my kids when they were young and still “in my nest” but know there are many special times ahead……

Travel. I really miss traveling the way we used to. All except the flying part!? But thankfully there are meds to get me on the plane and keep me happy and calm! I plan to resume more traveling in the coming year and already have a few ideas for trips including that southern road trip that didn’t happen! I LOVE this quote and think it is so on the mark. Travel makes you feel alive and helps you see a different perspective both of the world all the way until you get home….you know that feeling of??walking?into your home after being away and looking at things with a whole new set of eyes and renewed vigor! Travel really does invigorate me.

Slowing down. Up until about 6 years ago?I was my happiest being busy 24/7. I was known as the one who was never home and if someone caught me at home it was? a surprise. Now (possibly in part thanks to blogging) I LOVE being home. I have in fact become a bit of a homebody, go figure! I am definitely my happiest being home, being in comfy yoga pants and doing things like blogging, reading,?cooking up something yummy, sprucing up something around the house or plotting my next project:) I dont’ miss my frantic lifestyle of going morning, noon and night and love and relish this more relaxed stage of my life. I take it slow and am not afraid to say no to doing things…it is liberating!

Great food. Hey, whats life without something good to eat! I do not fit into my size 6’s anymore and of course I miss looking so svelte but I have to admit I do love good food, love cooking it, buying it and tasting it. Life is too short to not enjoy it. The only thing I want to do different in 2014 is to incorporate more exercise into my life. This might help offset my habit that is here to stay of eating great foods. Life wouldn’t be worth living without cheese, bread, a bit of chocolate,etc…..can’t give those up, no way. But I will start getting back to a regular exercise regimen! Goal for 2014……………of course while enjoying a nice chunk of parmigaiano and a good glass of wine 🙂


Everyone is fighting a battle. I totally believe this. No one and I mean no one goes through life unscathed. Everyone is fighting a battle, some big and some small. I love the saying ” the grass is greener where you water it”. It is easy to look over your shoulder to someone who might seemingly have it better than you but truth is things are not always what they seem. If you walk through life assuming that everyone has something they are battling….you might find yourself being more compassionate and empathetic towards people. I have adopted this and have found its made a difference in how I treat people.

All things worth having are worth waiting for. Boy is that ever true. Case in point my bedroom. I so believed in getting wall to wall carpet for my bedroom that it was worth the “standoff” with my husband for almost a year and a half! But finally we got it and I have been unstoppable in getting the room completed!! Window treatments got put up within weeks, my new lamps were placed on their nightstands, new down comforter and pillows ordered to fill the new linens…indeed the room has come together in just weeks because I felt inspired to finish it at long last. I walk into my room now and am overjoyed with how it makes me feel. It is truly my private oasis. A refuge to get away from our chaotic world, it is everything I wanted and dreamed of. It made me realize and confirmed how very true it that it is indeed worth the wait to get what you want, so don’t?compromise?if you don’t have to. Carry on with a little more fight…..think you will be happy in the end:)

Hope you enjoyed this post…..what are your own reflections from 2013? Learn something new or did something inspire you to carry into the new year? I like closing the door to the current year having learned a thing or two and starting the new year feeling inspired and enlightened.

?I thank you again for following along…without your support, friendship, encouraging words and countless emails (which I LOVE to read) this blog would cease to exist. You give me a great reason to get up and?excited to blog and share so?sending a?great?great big thank?you! I look forward to an even better 2014! Cheers to a new year filled with all great things, good health, happiness, love and plenty of laughter:)

Because of this trip…my “Christmas magic” contest dates are slightly changed.
Instead of the deadline for submissions being Jan. 1st it is now Jan. 4th and
the contest will run Jan. 5th through Jan. 7th
. I will announce two lucky
winners on Jan. 8th. Details are below……

I also want to announce the start of my
final contest for 2013, “Christmas magic”. I will be collecting pictures as of
today through Jan. 4th.? I will hold the contest on Jan. 5th- 7th and announce
the winner(s) on Jan 8th. As the name implies….please send your pictures of
anything Christmas related, your decorated front door, a beautifully wrapped
gift, a table set with your Christmas finest, your darling kids and pets are
always a hit, whatever the name “Christmas magic” means to you! Since my “Hooray
for the Holidays” post included some Christmas pictures, if you would like to
use the entry you used for that please just email me to let me know and I will
be happy to include it. I cannot wait to start getting your entries!!
  • 2 entries per person (they must be your pictures, not downloaded from
    internet)
  • Please in subject line when you email me put Christmas Magic (get
    tons of emails )
?
Please email your pictures to theenchantedhome@gmail.com

A holiday recap and leaving on a jet plane……

Hi…wow does anyone else feel like December was just one big blur? I cannot believe Christmas and all the buildup has come and gone! So much fun, so crazy and chaotic, LOTS of work, endless cooking, food and cleanup…….and I loved every single minute of it. We had the good fortune to have hosted my family as well my incredible 96 year old grandmother…you heard right! I soooo hope just a smidgeon of her super incredible genes are in my body:) We had a blast…so much fun game playing, eating, cooking, entertaining, movie watching, you name it …..all that was on my wishlist was indeed accomplished.

On Christmas night, as we all sat together in my living room which looked all aglow with just the sconces on and candles lit, I for a brief moment looked around at all those I love and realized at that very moment that is what perfect feels like. We were all together in good health, safe and warm, and I felt so blessed at that very moment and to me, that was the essence of Christmas. So I feel incredibly grateful and will always cherish Christmas 2013.

I admittedly had a lot of fun decorating my home. Though I realized after years of collecting decorations that have red in them I am ready for a change. And had a “aha” moment while one day in Lord and Taylor’s holiday shop,  I spotted the most beautiful silvery and pale gray/blue garland. That is when I got my divine inspiration for a new direction. So I bought all they had and proceeded to transform my dining room with the new color scheme. By next year…I hope to extend it to the rest of the house. I may gather up all my beautiful decorations that have the red in them and sell them as one big lot, not sure. They have certainly seen me through some wonderful holidays…but change is good! So thought I would share a few final shots of the past few days when all decorations were completed.

This post is very picture heavy…..you might want to take a seat and grab another cup of coffee:)

I finally got my front door together. I kept it simple and elegant, lots of greens and magnolia leaves. I never got to do a few things I wanted to do, thanks to unexpected snowfalls and deep freezes so had to try to do what I could  in between when things thawed out…

Other festive vignettes around the house……


Every year I display my adorable ceramic holiday cupcakes in my domed displays……..

Just back from the local nursery with all my white holiday flowers ready to put into planters……

A Christmas gift to me from me started collected Royal Crown Derby’s Blue Mikado…..so pretty!

My dining room and its new gorgeous soft colored holiday decor…..

And I kept tweaking once I added all my white flowers…white paperwhites and white amaryllis!

 A few pics from my family Christmas party (as things were setting up)…..

Say hello to my GORGEOUS new blue pillows that I had made….in love with them (a Christmas present to myself:)

LOVE these pillows so much and got more of the velvet to make a tufted ottoman for my living room

Dessert is served…….


And Christmas day dinner getting set up…..

Since we needed two extra seats, set up this table for two….love a small intimate table, don’t you?

I just love setting up my table with the napkin rings, they always end up being such wonderful conversation pieces

Christmas night, my sons girlfriend and family were coming by so we set up drinks and a few things to nibble on…..

So that’s a wrap up of my holidays….so much fun, and so very memorable. Yes, my feet are tired and I feel a bit worn out but it was so worth all the effort, it was a truly wonderful and perfect holiday! I hope yours were the same.

 I am leaving for a much needed and much anticipated vacation to California. You can be sure my iPhone will be charged and ready to capture the beauty and inspiration that California always promises! I will not be around for the next week so look forward to catching up when I return on Jan. 5th. I do have a post planned to post on Jan. 1st and hope it will work (used the blogger scheduler to do this) so just in case,  I will wish you all now nothing but the best in 2014….may it bring you much love, peace and laughter.

Because of this trip…my “Christmas magic” contest dates are slightly changed. Instead of the deadline for submissions being Jan. 1st it is now Jan. 4th and the contest will run Jan. 5th through Jan. 7th. I will announce two lucky winners on Jan. 8th. Details are below……

 I also want to announce the start of my final contest for 2013, “Christmas magic”. I will be collecting pictures as of today through Jan. 4th.  I will hold the contest on Jan. 5th- 7th and announce the winner(s) on Jan 8th. As the name implies….please send your pictures of anything Christmas related, your decorated front door, a beautifully wrapped gift, a table set with your Christmas finest, your darling kids and pets are always a hit, whatever the name “Christmas magic” means to you! Since my “Hooray for the Holidays” post included some Christmas pictures, if you would like to use the entry you used for that please just email me to let me know and I will be happy to include it. I cannot wait to start getting your entries!! Remember-

  • 2 entries per person (they must be your pictures, not downloaded from internet)
  • Please in subject line when you email me put Christmas Magic (get tons of emails )
Please email your pictures to theenchantedhome@gmail.com 

A holiday recap and leaving on a jet plane……

Hi…wow does anyone else feel like December was just one big blur? I cannot believe Christmas and all the buildup has come and gone! So much fun, so crazy and chaotic, LOTS of work, endless cooking, food and cleanup…….and I loved every single minute of it. We had the good fortune to have hosted my family as well my incredible 96 year old grandmother…you heard right! I soooo hope just a smidgeon of her super incredible genes are in my body:) We had a blast…so much fun game playing, eating, cooking, entertaining, movie watching, you name it …..all that was on my wishlist was indeed accomplished.

On Christmas night, as we all sat together in my living room which looked all aglow with just the sconces on and candles lit, I for a brief moment looked around at all those I love and realized at that very moment that is what perfect feels like. We were all together in good health, safe and warm, and I felt so blessed at that very moment and to me, that was the essence of Christmas. So I feel incredibly grateful and will always cherish Christmas 2013.

I admittedly had a lot of fun decorating my home. Though I realized after years of collecting decorations that have red in them I am ready for a change. And had a “aha” moment while one day in Lord and Taylor’s holiday shop,? I spotted the most beautiful silvery and pale gray/blue garland. That is when I got my divine inspiration for a new direction. So I bought all they had and proceeded to transform my dining room with the new color scheme. By next year…I hope to extend it to the rest of the house. I may gather up all my beautiful decorations that have the red in them and sell them as one big lot, not sure. They have certainly seen me through some wonderful holidays…but change is good! So thought I would share a few final shots of the past few days when all decorations were completed.

This post is very picture heavy…..you might want to take a seat and grab another cup of coffee:)

I finally got my front door together. I kept it simple and elegant, lots of greens and magnolia leaves. I never got to do a few things I wanted to do, thanks to unexpected snowfalls and deep freezes so had to try to do what I could? in between when things thawed out…

Other festive vignettes around the house……


Every year I display my adorable ceramic holiday cupcakes in my domed displays……..

Just back from the local nursery with all my white holiday flowers ready to put into planters……

A Christmas gift to me from me started collected Royal Crown Derby’s Blue Mikado…..so pretty!

My dining room and its new gorgeous soft colored holiday decor…..

And I kept tweaking once I added all my white flowers…white paperwhites and white amaryllis!

?A few pics from my family Christmas party (as things were setting up)…..

Say hello to my GORGEOUS new blue pillows that I had made….in love with them (a Christmas present to myself:)

LOVE these pillows so much and got more of the velvet to make a tufted ottoman for my living room

Dessert is served…….


And Christmas day dinner getting set up…..

Since we needed two extra seats, set up this table for two….love a small intimate table, don’t you?

I just love setting up my table with the napkin rings, they always end up being such wonderful conversation pieces

Christmas night, my sons girlfriend and family were coming by so we set up drinks and a few things to nibble on…..

So that’s a wrap up of my holidays….so much fun, and so very memorable. Yes, my feet are tired and I feel a bit worn out but it was so worth all the effort, it was a truly wonderful and perfect holiday! I hope yours were the same.

?I am leaving for a much needed and much anticipated vacation to California. You can be sure my iPhone will be charged and ready to capture the beauty and inspiration that California always promises! I will not be around for the next week so look forward to catching up when I return on Jan. 5th. I do have a post planned to post on Jan. 1st and hope it will work (used the blogger scheduler to do this) so just in case,? I will wish you all now nothing but the best in 2014….may it bring you much love, peace and laughter.

Because of this trip…my “Christmas magic” contest dates are slightly changed. Instead of the deadline for submissions being Jan. 1st it is now Jan. 4th and the contest will run Jan. 5th through Jan. 7th. I will announce two lucky winners on Jan. 8th. Details are below……

?I also want to announce the start of my final contest for 2013, “Christmas magic”. I will be collecting pictures as of today through Jan. 4th.? I will hold the contest on Jan. 5th- 7th and announce the winner(s) on Jan 8th. As the name implies….please send your pictures of anything Christmas related, your decorated front door, a beautifully wrapped gift, a table set with your Christmas finest, your darling kids and pets are always a hit, whatever the name “Christmas magic” means to you! Since my “Hooray for the Holidays” post included some Christmas pictures, if you would like to use the entry you used for that please just email me to let me know and I will be happy to include it. I cannot wait to start getting your entries!! Remember-

  • 2 entries per person (they must be your pictures, not downloaded from internet)
  • Please in subject line when you email me put Christmas Magic (get tons of emails )
Please email your pictures to theenchantedhome@gmail.com?

Merry Christmas and a lucky winner!

Well folks the time has come. Christmas cards have been mailed, decorations are all put up, gifts have been bought and wrapped (well almost all), stretchy pants have been brought out to accommodate the indulgence of great foods, menus have been planned, my holiday family party has come and gone (and my feet paid the price) and our doors have been opened and are still being opened today to our out of town guests/family. All of the “buildup” of the last month has come to fruition. And now its time to sit back, savor, cherish and enjoy! But before I do I want to announce the lucky winner of the absolutely gorgeous Safavieh bench! Congrats goes to……

 

Result:  89

Hello Tina, As always I enjoy your post so much. Thank you so much for yet another giveaway! Wow! Safavieh Home is full of lovelies. I have been looking for a console table and I was drawn to the “Nakita” and “Bucknell” consoles. Merry Christmas to you and yours!
Please contact me here so your gorgeous bench can be on its way!! Thank you Safavieh!

I will be taking off the next few days to celebrate this most wonderful season of Christmas with my family. I want to wish everyone a most joyous season, one that I hope will be filled with much joy, laughter, love and peace. I have a feeling 2014 is going to be a fabulous year (14 afterall if one of my lucky numbers)!

Hope your Christmas/holidays are wonderful and I personally look forward to doing a lot of cooking, eating, game playing, movie watching and reminiscing with my family (and maybe some sneaking in a little time to see what’s new and exciting in blogland)!

 From our home to yours…..a very Merry Christmas!

Don’t forget as you get busy celebrating Christmas to snap a few pictures of the festivities and enter them in my contest!

 I also want to announce the start of my final contest for 2013, “Christmas magic”. I will be collecting pictures as of today through Jan. 1st. I will hold the contest on Jan. 4-6th and announce the winner(s) on Jan 7th. As the name implies….please send your pictures of anything Christmas related, your decorated front door, a beautifully wrapped gift, a table set with your Christmas finest, your darling kids and pets are always a hit, whatever the name “Christmas magic” means to you! Since my “Hooray for the Holidays” post included some Christmas pictures, if you would like to use the entry you used for that please just email me to let me know and I will be happy to include it. I cannot wait to start getting your entries!! Remember-

  • 2 entries per person (they must be your pictures, not downloaded from internet)
  • Please in subject line when you email me put Christmas Magic (get tons of emails )

Please email your pictures to theenchantedhome@gmail.com 

Ho ho ho….Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas and a lucky winner!

Well folks the time has come. Christmas cards have been mailed, decorations are all put up, gifts have been bought and wrapped (well almost all), stretchy pants have been brought out to accommodate the indulgence of great foods, menus have been planned, my holiday family party has come and gone (and my feet paid the price) and our doors have been opened and are still being opened today to our out of town guests/family. All of the “buildup” of the last month has come to fruition. And now its time to sit back, savor, cherish and enjoy! But before I do I want to announce the lucky winner of the absolutely gorgeous Safavieh bench! Congrats goes to……

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Result:? 89

Hello Tina, As always I enjoy your post so much. Thank you so much for yet another giveaway! Wow! Safavieh Home is full of lovelies. I have been looking for a console table and I was drawn to the “Nakita” and “Bucknell” consoles. Merry Christmas to you and yours!
Please contact me here so your gorgeous bench can be on its way!! Thank you Safavieh!

I will be taking off the next few days to celebrate this most wonderful season of Christmas with my family. I want to wish everyone a most joyous season, one that I hope will be filled with much joy, laughter, love and peace. I have a feeling 2014 is going to be a fabulous year (14 afterall if one of my lucky numbers)!

Hope your Christmas/holidays are wonderful and I personally look forward to doing a lot of cooking, eating, game playing, movie watching and reminiscing with my family (and maybe some sneaking in a little time to see what’s new and exciting in blogland)!

?From our home to yours…..a very Merry Christmas!

Don’t forget as you get busy celebrating Christmas to snap a few pictures of the festivities and enter them in my contest!

?I also want to announce the start of my final contest for 2013, “Christmas magic”. I will be collecting pictures as of today through Jan. 1st. I will hold the contest on Jan. 4-6th and announce the winner(s) on Jan 7th. As the name implies….please send your pictures of anything Christmas related, your decorated front door, a beautifully wrapped gift, a table set with your Christmas finest, your darling kids and pets are always a hit, whatever the name “Christmas magic” means to you! Since my “Hooray for the Holidays” post included some Christmas pictures, if you would like to use the entry you used for that please just email me to let me know and I will be happy to include it. I cannot wait to start getting your entries!! Remember-

  • 2 entries per person (they must be your pictures, not downloaded from internet)
  • Please in subject line when you email me put Christmas Magic (get tons of emails )

Please email your pictures to theenchantedhome@gmail.com?

Ho ho ho….Merry Christmas!

2 winners and a final Christmas giveaway………..

Before I begin-  The beautiful and stylish Debby that we all know and love from Inspired Design was so kind to feature my home decorated for the holidays today! Be sure to stop over by clicking here and take a peek…she did such a beautiful job. Thank you Debby!

Hi there, such busy days this week. I am sure its the same for you. Exciting, adrenaline rushing, maddening and chaotic all rolled into one. I think the bulk of my “elf duties” is done but now I am concentrating on the final details for our annual Christmas family party this weekend. So that is what I will be busy doing these next few days……it all gets done so I am not sweating it (or at least trying not to). Also have out of town guests coming in, so it’s going to get really busy around here. First things first! I want to announce the two lucky winners from last weeks contest. Congratulations goes to…..

For the Judith August book and product, the winner is……

Result: 42

Happy Birthday, Tina! Your house is looking festive and ready for the holidays. As always, no one does a better job than you. Thank you for the great giveaway. For make-up, I’d choose everything to cover under eye dark circles. For sweets, it is the holiday gift set — you get to taste everything.

Reply

And for the sweets from Sucre, the winner is………(from Facebook)

Result: 1

I’m visiting from the enchanted home and love any of the nuts and the macaroons.

Like ? ? December 15 at 9:16am


Please contact me here to provide your shipping details.

I promised a giveaway a week in November and I have to say there have been some really amazing giveaways which I have had a lot of fun giving away! Today’s is a whopper..one could argue the best for last or at least one of the bests for last!

 I think just about everyone knows Safavieh Home. A mecca for the best brands at the best prices. Period. There is no getting around it….they have everything, including all the very best brands and their prices cannot be beat. So they have generously offered this amazingly beautiful bench, I LOVE this piece and doubt anyone would be hard pressed to find a place for this beauty.

 I adore the pickled wood and the neutral cotton like velvet fabric, a great neutral, and such an elegant piece!

I thought it would be fun to look at some of my favorite things from Safavieh and there are indeed a ton of things to admire,  then details follow on how to enter!

Kind of gets you in the mood to decorate, doesn’t it? OK to enter, all you need to do is visit Safavieh Home by clicking here, check out all the goodies, come back here and tell me a favorite item. That is it..you are in the running!

If you want a second chance, leave them a comment on Facebook by clicking here telling them you are from The Enchanted Home and what your favorite item is. I will announce a lucky winner on Monday morning! Thanks as always for stopping in, wishing you a wonderful day.

Three more tidbits to remember-

1. The gift buying, decorating, gift giving, food prepping, and all the festive fun is so wonderful but this post singlehandedly reminds us all of how precious life is and what the real meaning of the holidays is. I think its impossible to read this and not get choked up, but let me tell you it was one of the most touching and beautiful posts I have read about Christmas all season long. Talk about putting it in perspective, I strongly advise you to take a look. Click here on Preppy Princess to visit.

http://preppyprincessblog.com/2013/12/18/avoiding-little-miss-crankypants/

2. Don’t forget to send in your Christmas related pictures as the holiday gets underway! Now accepting pictures for my “Christmas magic” contest and already getting in some beauties!!

 I also want to announce the start of my final contest for 2013, “Christmas magic”. I will be collecting pictures as of today through Jan. 1st. I will hold the contest on Jan. 4-6th and announce the winner(s) on Jan 7th. As the name implies….please send your pictures of anything Christmas related, your decorated front door, a beautifully wrapped gift, a table set with your Christmas finest, your darling kids and pets are always a hit, whatever the name “Christmas magic” means to you! Since my “Hooray for the Holidays” post included some Christmas pictures, if you would like to use the entry you used for that please just email me to let me know and I will be happy to include it. I cannot wait to start getting your entries!! Remember-

  • 2 entries per person (they must be your pictures, not downloaded from internet)
  • Please in subject line when you email me put Christmas Magic (get tons of emails )

Please email your pictures to theenchantedhome@gmail.com 

3. If you missed the most amazing gingerbread houses, you must click here to see!

That’s it I promise! Wishing you a fabulous and productive day! Don’t forget to take little breathers and to take good care of yourself. I am practicing what I preach and doing things like indulging in a little chocolate or getting a pedicure…..something that feels good:) Thanks for stopping in!

2 winners and a final Christmas giveaway………..

Before I begin-? The beautiful and stylish Debby that we all know and love from Inspired Design was so kind to feature my home decorated for the holidays today! Be sure to stop over by clicking here and take a peek…she did such a beautiful job. Thank you Debby!

Hi there, such busy days this week. I am sure its the same for you. Exciting, adrenaline rushing, maddening and chaotic all rolled into one. I think the bulk of my “elf duties” is done but now I am concentrating on the final details for our annual Christmas family party this weekend. So that is what I will be busy doing these next few days……it all gets done so I am not sweating it (or at least trying not to). Also have out of town guests coming in, so it’s going to get really busy around here. First things first! I want to announce the two lucky winners from last weeks contest. Congratulations goes to…..

For the Judith August book and product, the winner is……

Result: 42

Happy Birthday, Tina! Your house is looking festive and ready for the holidays. As always, no one does a better job than you. Thank you for the great giveaway. For make-up, I’d choose everything to cover under eye dark circles. For sweets, it is the holiday gift set — you get to taste everything.

Reply

And for the sweets from Sucre, the winner is………(from Facebook)

Result: 1

I’m visiting from the enchanted home and love any of the nuts and the macaroons.

December 15 at 9:16am


Please contact me here to provide your shipping details.

I promised a giveaway a week in November and I have to say there have been some really amazing giveaways which I have had a lot of fun giving away! Today’s is a whopper..one could argue the best for last or at least one of the bests for last!

?I think just about everyone knows Safavieh Home. A mecca for the best brands at the best prices. Period. There is no getting around it….they have everything, including all the very best brands and their prices cannot be beat. So they have generously offered this amazingly beautiful bench, I LOVE this piece and doubt anyone would be hard pressed to find a place for this beauty.

?I adore the pickled wood and the neutral cotton like velvet fabric, a great neutral, and such an elegant piece!

I thought it would be fun to look at some of my favorite things from Safavieh and there are indeed a ton of things to admire,? then details follow on how to enter!

Kind of gets you in the mood to decorate, doesn’t it? OK to enter, all you need to do is visit Safavieh Home by clicking here, check out all the goodies, come back here and tell me a favorite item. That is it..you are in the running!

If you want a second chance, leave them a comment on Facebook by clicking here telling them you are from The Enchanted Home and what your favorite item is. I will announce a lucky winner on Monday morning! Thanks as always for stopping in, wishing you a wonderful day.

Three more tidbits to remember-

1. The gift buying, decorating, gift giving, food prepping, and all the festive fun is so wonderful but this post singlehandedly reminds us all of how precious life is and what the real meaning of the holidays is. I think its impossible to read this and not get choked up, but let me tell you it was one of the most touching and beautiful posts I have read about Christmas all season long. Talk about putting it in perspective, I strongly advise you to take a look. Click here on Preppy Princess to visit.

http://preppyprincessblog.com/2013/12/18/avoiding-little-miss-crankypants/

2. Don’t forget to send in your Christmas related pictures as the holiday gets underway! Now accepting pictures for my “Christmas magic” contest and already getting in some beauties!!

?I also want to announce the start of my final contest for 2013, “Christmas magic”. I will be collecting pictures as of today through Jan. 1st. I will hold the contest on Jan. 4-6th and announce the winner(s) on Jan 7th. As the name implies….please send your pictures of anything Christmas related, your decorated front door, a beautifully wrapped gift, a table set with your Christmas finest, your darling kids and pets are always a hit, whatever the name “Christmas magic” means to you! Since my “Hooray for the Holidays” post included some Christmas pictures, if you would like to use the entry you used for that please just email me to let me know and I will be happy to include it. I cannot wait to start getting your entries!! Remember-

  • 2 entries per person (they must be your pictures, not downloaded from internet)
  • Please in subject line when you email me put Christmas Magic (get tons of emails )

Please email your pictures to theenchantedhome@gmail.com?

3. If you missed the most amazing gingerbread houses, you must click here to see!

That’s it I promise! Wishing you a fabulous and productive day! Don’t forget to take little breathers and to take good care of yourself. I am practicing what I preach and doing things like indulging in a little chocolate or getting a pedicure…..something that feels good:) Thanks for stopping in!

Not your mama’s gingerbread house…..

Hi there, are you as busy as I am? C R A Z Y time of year, but somehow it is still fun and magical and exciting I keep thinking if I tell myself this I will really believe it! Not sure about you but I have had a lifelong fascination with gingerbread houses ever since I was little.  And even though my talent is no match for my enthusiasm and love, I still am fascinated by them. Lets just say “my creations” will never EVER grace the pages of Pinterest! But I am still in awe of the spectacular houses that are made by the hands of some seriously talented bakers and artisans. Thought it would make a fun post in the spirit of Christmas being just days away.

I cannot get over the level of detail and one year, when all is calm and peaceful in the kingdom, I may just attempt to make a really special gingerbread house. It won’t be a frantic “lets do it in one night” attempt but instead it will be a carefully thought out, brilliantly orchestrated month long affair…….tweaking and adding just bit by bit, day by day and I promise to  take you along for the ride. Who knows…..perhaps next Christmas! How about you? Do you make one or are you like me just are in awe and love to marvel at the talents of others? Feast your eyes on these…….

 The details, the details!
How sweet, a pink gingerbread house! Sweetopia,

 A gingerbread house with its very own slate roof….gotta love it!

 I am expecting Hansel and Gretel to come waltzing out of there any minute…….

This one is so amazing…love the snow and the “stone” Indulgy
 I am just floored at the level of detail!
This one is so sweet, love the pink and rock crystal “trees”….clever!

 So elegant and grand!
Simple and sweet…….

 I love the simplicity of this one, heck almost something I could do!
LOVE this barn, the silo is such a cute addition! Style sweet
 Cake 3 did a fabulous job on this lifelike gingerbread house
OK seriously people I want to live here!
 This is more like a gingerbread estate!
 Cannot get over the level of detail here……amazing!!
Gotta love it…a gingerbread pagoda!!
Wow! This is one blinged out gingerbread house…..so festive!
Well? What do you think? Love them? Me too! Have a favorite? Have you ever attempted to make one? One year I am determined to make one that will warrant sharing:) Thanks for stopping in, hope you are not too crazed as I know this time of year just inevitably has us all running around like mad. I am trying to take  little breathers (like going to blogland) amidst all the chaos and just know things will get done:) Enjoy and be back tomorrow with my final giveaway announcement as well as two winners!!

TWO THINGS…..

1. Don’t forget today is the last day to be eligible for my amazing giveaways!! Click here for details.

2. And I am now accepting pictures of my newest contest “Christmas Magic”

 I also want to announce the start of my final contest for 2013, “Christmas magic”. I will be collecting pictures as of today through Jan. 1st. I will hold the contest on Jan. 4-6th and announce the winner(s) on Jan 7th. As the name implies….please send your pictures of anything Christmas related, your decorated front door, a beautifully wrapped gift, a table set with your Christmas finest, your darling kids and pets are always a hit, whatever the name “Christmas magic” means to you! Since my “Hooray for the Holidays” post included some Christmas pictures, if you would like to use the entry you used for that please just email me to let me know and I will be happy to include it. I cannot wait to start getting your entries!! Remember-

  • 2 entries per person (they must be your pictures, not downloaded from internet)
  • Please in subject line when you email me put Christmas Magic (get tons of emails )

Please email your pictures to theenchantedhome@gmail.com 

Not your mama’s gingerbread house…..

Hi there, are you as busy as I am? C R A Z Y time of year, but somehow it is still fun and magical and exciting I keep thinking if I tell myself this I will really believe it! Not sure about you but I have had a lifelong fascination with gingerbread houses ever since I was little.? And even though my talent is no match for my enthusiasm and love, I still am fascinated by them. Lets just say “my creations” will never EVER grace the pages of Pinterest! But I am still in awe of the spectacular houses that are made by the hands of some seriously talented bakers and artisans. Thought it would make a fun post in the spirit of Christmas being just days away.

I cannot get over the level of detail and one year, when all is calm and peaceful in the kingdom, I may just attempt to make a really special gingerbread house. It won’t be a frantic “lets do it in one night” attempt but instead it will be a carefully thought out, brilliantly orchestrated month long affair…….tweaking and adding just bit by bit, day by day and I promise to? take you along for the ride. Who knows…..perhaps next Christmas! How about you? Do you make one or are you like me just are in awe and love to marvel at the talents of others? Feast your eyes on these…….

?The details, the details!
How sweet, a pink gingerbread house! Sweetopia,

?A gingerbread house with its very own slate roof….gotta love it!

?I am expecting Hansel and Gretel to come waltzing out of there any minute…….

This one is so amazing…love the snow and the “stone” Indulgy
?I am just floored at the level of detail!
This one is so sweet, love the pink and rock crystal “trees”….clever!

?So elegant and grand!
Simple and sweet…….

?I love the simplicity of this one, heck almost something I could do!
LOVE this barn, the silo is such a cute addition! Style sweet
?Cake 3 did a fabulous job on this lifelike gingerbread house
OK seriously people I want to live here!
?This is more like a gingerbread estate!
?Cannot get over the level of detail here……amazing!!
Gotta love it…a gingerbread pagoda!!
Wow! This is one blinged out gingerbread house…..so festive!
Well? What do you think? Love them? Me too! Have a favorite? Have you ever attempted to make one? One year I am determined to make one that will warrant sharing:) Thanks for stopping in, hope you are not too crazed as I know this time of year just inevitably has us all running around like mad. I am trying to take? little breathers (like going to blogland) amidst all the chaos and just know things will get done:) Enjoy and be back tomorrow with my final giveaway announcement as well as two winners!!

TWO THINGS…..

1. Don’t forget today is the last day to be eligible for my amazing giveaways!! Click here for details.

2. And I am now accepting pictures of my newest contest “Christmas Magic”

?I also want to announce the start of my final contest for 2013, “Christmas magic”. I will be collecting pictures as of today through Jan. 1st. I will hold the contest on Jan. 4-6th and announce the winner(s) on Jan 7th. As the name implies….please send your pictures of anything Christmas related, your decorated front door, a beautifully wrapped gift, a table set with your Christmas finest, your darling kids and pets are always a hit, whatever the name “Christmas magic” means to you! Since my “Hooray for the Holidays” post included some Christmas pictures, if you would like to use the entry you used for that please just email me to let me know and I will be happy to include it. I cannot wait to start getting your entries!! Remember-

  • 2 entries per person (they must be your pictures, not downloaded from internet)
  • Please in subject line when you email me put Christmas Magic (get tons of emails )

Please email your pictures to theenchantedhome@gmail.com?