Seven on Sunday

Hi there, hope everyone is having a great weekend! First order of business is to announce the winner of the blue and white giveaway! Congratulations goes to-

?#71? molly says:

I just had the most wonderful time looking at all the blue and white beauties yet again. My particular favorites are the pieces that are so nicely antiqued. Love the planters with the pierced bottom edge and the tall vases that are so perfect for some of your big cherry blossom branches So fun to look at them over and over.

Please contact me at theenchantedhome@gmail.com to claim your prize!

Have a close relative very sick in the hosptial and my husband has been under the weather so any of our “fun/leisurely” plans were put on hold, but I still managed to spend some time outdoors and the weather has been heavenly this weekend. After such an incredibly busy, hectic and full week, I needed that downtime outdoors more than anything:)

Today is going to be a day of pure relaxation…I have worked super hard this week with the porcelain container arriving and getting endless orders out the door, so today is a “me” day where I will get a pedicure, make myself a cocktail, grab all my newest magazines and go sit outside and just chill. And you? Whats new on your end? Here we go with my Seven on Sunday….

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1. A GORGEOUS KIDS CLOTHING LINE. I love traditional kids clothing…..and this line speaks to me, so precious! Whether you have young kids or might? need a gift, The Proper Peony has the answer. I can see Prince George and Princess Charlotte loving these! Click here to visit….

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2. INSTAGRAMS OF INTEREST. So enjoy showing and sharing what’s caught my eye this week, and as usual there is so much to? love out there. Often the hardest part is narrowing it down, but alas I did and here is what I rounded up this week-

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3. EXCITING SHOP NEWS! I am so thrilled to have gotten my container…we are super busy unloading and getting orders out. I am shipping orders out in the order they were received, and we are through the first batch and plowing full steam ahead determined to get all orders out by end of next week. On top of pieces I have already shown you, there are approx 10 more that you have not seen yet. They will be added this coming week. Here’s a peek at the blue and white happenings this week at the warehouse-

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On top? of that got in the most wonderful collection of antique dough bowls! I just as of Sunday afternoon started a 3 day promo on the bowls, click here for details

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4.CHANEL’S FIRST SPA! Yes you read right, the iconic name is partnering with another icon, The Ritz of Paris and opening their very first spa! What a perfect? girls trip:)? That really will be the pinnacle of luxury, won’t it….being able to stay at the new and improved Ritz and visiting a Chanel spa…yes please! You can read a bit more here.

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5. A GORGEOUS COLLECTION. Naeem Khan, a name synonymous with dreamy evening dresses. Well clearly even Naeem knows there is a serious blue and white craze happening, as evidenced by these exquisite gowns for his pre fall 2015 collection-

LOVE!

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6. FABULOUS NEW PILLOWS. One of my sponsors, Studio Tulia has come out with some of the most exquisite new pillows….this could be dangerous (for me) as I have a bit of a blue and white pillow obsession. My patio is loaded with her pillows and I can attest to the high quality, great prices and fabulous styles. Just look at some of the newest beauties. Click here to visit Studio Tulia

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FAVORITE SUMMER DISHES. Had friends over for our very first al fresco meal last weekend. I love taking advantage all the fresh produce, like super ripe tomatoes, fresh basil, and any and all vegetables I can get my hands on.

I started with a caprese crostini (my favorite) and had baked chicken Milanese (breaded but not fried, it was baked) with a chopped salad on top of that consists of chopped boston lettuce, tomato, red onion, basil and mozzarella.? I made these wonderful stacked potatoes (sliced with a mandolin) and seasoned with olive oil, butter, Parmesan or Asiago? and thyme, yum yum! Click here for recipe.

Then had fresh green beans and we topped it off with a big platter of fresh fruit for dessert, guilt free but delicious. Cheers to many more al fresco dinners this summer! Here is a peek (phone died so only managed to snap a few )-

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Now I am feeling a bit hungry:) Hope you have enjoyed a great weekend…have something to share , then tell me all about it! Don’t forget to enter to win the wonderful new book, Cottage Living- A Palette of White.? Click here to enter. Thank you as always for stopping in, until next time!

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Color crush- white on white and a giveaway!

Hi everyone! Hope you have had a wonderful week, over here it’s been an insanely busy week. The arrival of my porcelain container and the incredible response to it has kept me beyond busy, had a cousin visiting from out of town, a few obligations this week, a sick relative in the hospital, a dough bowl arrival and trying to manage getting an enormous batch of porcelain orders out the door! Busy indeed.

If you are one who is waiting on a porcelain order, we are getting things out as fast as humanly possible…we are sending out in the order that they were received, expect all orders to be out by mid week next week- big accomplishment! I must say I am so in love with my new pieces, I want one of everything! Plus you know how one likes to change things up with a new season, a little “summer spruce up”.

Speaking of new seasons, when I think of white I think of summer. It is no secret that I love white. White interiors, white clothing, white accessories, white flowers and of course white teeth:) There is nothing prettier than walking into a white on white interior, may not be the most practical for some households but beautiful…yes indeed!

So today a look at? what is not a new color crush but one that is so perfect for the warmer months ahead. White on white……

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My husbands bathroom has a white theme going with brown and white waterjet floors from New Ravenna

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Love this all white kitchen from Leo Design

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And this scrumptious bedroom, Luxe Magazine

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I like the idea of an all white interior paired with exposed woods, beautiful! Pinterest

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An all white bathroom is so elegant and timeless

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Love this dining space, simple, clean and crisp Indulgy

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This is as pretty as it is cozy, Atlanta Home Magazine

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Even simple spaces like this stair hall in a beach house painted all white is just beautiful! Home Bunch

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I love all white with natural colored woods, fabulous! HomeBunch

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If this isn’t white living at its very best…don’t know what is! Stefano Dorata Architecture

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And there is something quite ethereal about an all white bedroom, do you agree? Popsugar

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I love this space and everything about it, Restyle Source

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Something so incredibly inviting and charming about this beach house “mud room” Jenny Wolf Interiors

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Great beach house dining room….can almost feel that ocean air! Kate Jackson

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Isn’t this dining room a vision in white/cream? South Shore Decorating

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And of course the all white bathroom is a classic like no other….gorgeous! Veranda

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Another favorite space, this fabulous beach house in the pale woods and white with just small bits of color is just incredible! Better Homes and Gardens

 

Something about an all white bed that makes you just want to jump in! Lucinda Loya Interiors

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There are variations with white, it can be a creamy white like this beautiful space by Lisa Luby Ryan

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And who says white interiors are limited to the indoors….bring it outside too! Chic Coastal Living

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No matter the style, an all white interior always seems to work. Case in point this fabulous French-y feeling living room, Romantic Homes

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More beautiful outside white living

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THE GIVEAWAY-

So if all this white has you dreaming of sprucing things up a bit in your own home, this giveaway is just for you! The newest book by Hoffman Publications, Cottage Style- A Palette of White is just fabulous.

From front cover to back, it is filled with so many wonderful images of white interiors…..talk about a great way to be inspired and walk away with so many ideas. I have the book and love it, highly recommend it for anyone who collects design books like myself. If you would like to purchase it, click here.

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Phyllis Hoffman has generously offered one as a giveaway. Simple comment here what you? love about white spaces and if you want a second chance, leave them a comment on Phyllis’s Facebook page (click here). While you are at it, check out her wonderful blog, A Ribbon in my Journal.? Be sure to mention you are from The Enchanted Home. I will announce a winner next Wednesday.

If you want to see even more white interiors, then click here to see my board “White living” which is constantly being added to. Thank you for stopping in, wishing everyone a fabulous day! Until next time…..

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway as well for the beautiful blue and white jar (just announced). Click here to be in the running.

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The porcelains are here and a fabulous blue and white giveaway!

THE PRESALE IS? NOW OVER (AS OF 5PM THURSDAY) BUT PLEASE DO LEAVE A COMMENT TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR THE GIVEAWAY!!

YOU CAN SEE ALL PORCELAINS ON MY SHOP WWW.THEENCHANTEDHOMESHOP.COM

 

Well friends, the very long awaited container of some of the most beautiful? porcelains I have ever seen have arrived and let me just say….it was so worth the wait. Even more beautiful in person (if that is even possible).

You know the feeling when you eagerly await something hoping it will be as pretty as you hoped, and then it arrives, and…..it is even more incredible looking in person. Every single piece fits this description. It is no easy task unloading a container of 560 pieces:) We are just finishing the unloading/sorting process and orders for the presale start getting shipped tomorrow.

After being at the dusty warehouse in a serious blue and white state of mind, I had my car loaded up with some of new favorites and cannot wait to display them around my own home, so exciting:)

 

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As a celebration of the arrival and this is indeed big news I am extending the presale for ONE DAY ONLY? STARTING THIS AFTERNOON (this will end tomorrow, Thurs. at 5pm) and I am offering an amazing blue and white giveaway (details below). If you know prices of fine blue and white porcelain you will instantly recognize the incredibly low prices that you will never see again here today. So take advantage! Just a few “guidelines”

  • Please refer to item number when submitting your order (no item description just item number)
  • Email all orders to theenchantedhome@gmail.com
  • Subject to availability (only a certain number of items per style are being sold at this presale price) Some styles there are only a few left
  • Shipping is extra
  • Presale only for the U.S.
  • Invoices will be submitted promptly and payment within 12 hours is expected, otherwise do not submit an order
  • Everything in stock and ready to ship

?THE PRESALE IS OVER AS OF 5PM THURSDAY BUT PLEASE DO LEAVE A COMMENT TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR THE GIVEAWAY!!

ALL PORCELAINS CAN BE SEEN ONLINE AT MY SHOP – WWW.THEENCHANTEDHOMESHOP.COM

So here again is the presale-

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ITEM 1. This planter is one of my current best selling, at $75.00. Measures 9″ x 14″ x 9″, this is a deal and as low as it will go:)

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ITEM 2. The perfect classic ginger jar, beautifully antiqued. Screaming for a spray of tall blossoms or curly willow. 24″ x 10″Today it is $160.00

Dramatic Tall Flower Vase

Dramatic Tall Flower Vase

 

ITEM 3. The perfect mid sized planter, how perfect is this for topiaries or a beautiful boxwood! Measures 15.5″ x 16”Today it is $140.00

Stunning Fishbowl

Stunning Fishbowl

 

ITEM 4. A classic pair of antiqued white foo dogs, impressive size, a beautiful addition to any vignette. 11.5″ x 8″ Pair today is $85.00

Gorgeous Pair of Antiqued White Foo Dogs

Gorgeous Pair of Antiqued White Foo Dogs

 

ITEM 5. The most beautiful oval planter. Period. This classic beauty normally retails for around 10.5″ x 15.5″ $285-350 today it is $218.00

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Fabulous Oval Planter

 

ITEM 6. Gorgeous and grand antiqued chunky ginger jar….love this beautiful jar alone or as a pair. VERY large and VERY impressive at 26″ x 14″. $220 (retails for $750)

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Incredible antiqued massive ginger jar, 26″ x 14″ $220.00

 

ITEM 7. Another variation of the perfect planter, this one is round.10.5′ x 15″? $210.00

Beautiful Round Planter

Beautiful Round Planter

ITEM 8.? This showstopper of a jar is sold in some very fine stores for over $1000.00.? Measures 21″ x 10″. Today it is $370!

Heirloom Jar

Heirloom Jar

 

 

ITEM 9. Gorgeous octagonal planter with bottom saucer, such an elegant style hand painted on all sides? 9.5′ x 14.5″ $218.00

Magnificent Octagonal Planter with Plate

Magnificent Octagonal Planter with Plate

 

ITEM 10. A beautiful mid sized planter scalloped on top with beautiful figurines. 9.5″ x 15″ $185.00

Figurine Planter

Figurine Planter

 

ITEM 11. Classic dragons ginger jar, a piece I currently sell that is a top seller. Stands 18.5″ tall? Today it is? $125!

Gorgeous Chunky Ginger Jar

Gorgeous Chunky Ginger Jar

 

ITEM 12. Great shape to add to an existing vignette or to create a new one, 11.5″ x 9″ …$85.00

Beautiful Hexagon Lidded Jar

Beautiful Hexagon Lidded Jar

 

ITEM 13. The Chinese character ginger jar is a classic in blue and white porcelain, this beauty is $115.00, thats’s a lot of ginger jar! 14″ x 9″

Wonderful Chinese Character Lidded Ginger Jar

Wonderful Chinese Character Lidded Ginger Jar

ITEM 14. Isn’t this a beauty? I own this and have big sprays of cherry blossoms in them, $120.00! 17″ x 9″

Tall Impressive Chinese Character Flower Vase

Tall Impressive Chinese Character Flower Vase

 

ITEM 15. Love this square shape, makes for an interesting addition to any vignette. $95.00 12″ x 7.5″

Great More Modern Take on a Ginger Jar

Great More Modern Take on a Ginger Jar

ITEM 16. This beautiful cherry blossoms jar is super decorative and with the predominantly white background a real standout! $85.00? 11.5″ x 9″

Beautiful Cherry Blossom Hexagon Covered Jar

Beautiful Cherry Blossom Hexagon Covered Jar

 

ITEM 17. The perfect jar for your weekly fresh flowers, and at this price you can get an extra one for a gift!$75.00 15″ x 8″

Wonderful Open Flower Vase

Wonderful Open Flower Vase

 

ITEM 18. Another beautiful shape $85.00 16″ x 8″

Another Great Flower Vase

Another Great Flower Vase

 

ITEM 19. Adore these figurines that are nearly half today of what they retail for $88.00 for set of 3 14″ x 4″

Stately Set of 3 Emperors Beautifully Antiqued

Stately Set of 3 Emperors Beautifully Antiqued

ITEM 20. And the smiling Chinese men, set of 3 $92.00 17″ x 4″

Beautiful Set of 3 Smiling Men

Beautiful Set of 3 Smiling Men

ITEM 21. A smaller planter, so perfect for a topiary, boxwood or flowering plant $65.00 7″ x 10″

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Small delicate flower container/planter, measures 7″ x 10″ $65.00

 

ITEM 22.Isn’t this warrior jar pretty? Great round caddy shape $75.00 10.5″ x 8″

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Pretty round warrior jar, 10.5″ x 8″ $75.00

 

ITEM 23. I like the transitional feeling of this jar and the fact that it has a lot of white, very striking! $85.00 12″ x 7″

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Stunning cherry blossom jar, 12″ x 7″ $85.00

 

ITEM 24. I love this for tall flowers/blossoms/curly willow. $130.00 20″ x 5.5″

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Fabulous tall flower vase, 20″ x 5.5″ $130.00

 

ITEM 25. Every vignette needs a small dramatic jar and this beauty does just the trick! $70.00 13.5″

 

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Pretty navy blossom flat top jar, 13.5″ round $70.00

ITEM 26. I have this jar and love the shape and traditional Chinese scene $85.00 12.5″ x 11″

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Gorgeous scenic diamond shaped jar, 12.5″ x 11″ $85.00

 

ITEM 27. Flat top jars are amongst one of my best sellers, at $75.00 this is as low as they go! 12.5″ x 9″

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Pretty flat top with emperors 12.5″ x 9″ $65.00

 

ITEM 28. This is a wonderful mid sized ginger jar, great size for just about anywhere.? 14″ x 9.5″? $75.00

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THE GIVEAWAY-

Now for the giveaway, to win this gorgeous blue and white flower vase all you need to do is to take a look around at my blue and whites on my online shop by clicking here, come back and tell me a favorite item (or two).

If you want a second chance, leave me a comment on The Enchanted Home’s Facebook page, click here. I will announce a winner on Sunday! Be sure to check back here to see if you won.

Another Great Flower Vase

Another Great Flower Vase

?THE PRESALE IS OVER AS OF 5PM THURSDAY BUT PLEASE DO LEAVE A COMMENT TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR THE GIVEAWAY!!

YOU CAN SEE ALL PORCELAINS ON MY SHOP WWW.THEENCHANTEDHOMESHOP.COM

 

Again email all orders to theenchantedhome@gmail.com. Thank you for stopping by and being a part of my little blue and white celebration:) Until next time…..

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Which would you choose?

Hi friends…hope everyone had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend, ours was a lot of fun and chock full, we were in DC and let me tell you Georgetown was hopping! Onto summer…can you believe its finally here! For those of us who endured endless weeks of snow, ice and frigid temps..this is reason for celebration!

Summer, to me means alfresco dining and entertaining…my favorite!! I always like to add new items for summer entertaining and beyond my own collection of goodies, Horchow is a place I often turn for exceptional deals on gorgeous items. A few things I recently bought are below and though this would make a fun Which would you choose. So ready, let’s go!

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CHOICE 1 This 20 piece set of flatware is perfect for those alfresco meals, and such a bargain. Click here to see.

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CHOICE 2? I just sent two sets of these 16 piece services for a delayed wedding gift, so fabulous and so well priced! Click here for details.

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CHOICE 3. And how beautiful is this silver caddy for all of your utensil carrying needs. Click here for details.

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CHOICE 4 And can you just see this beautiful setting on a table for dining under the stars! Click here for details

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CHOICE 5? Their selection of chic outdoor rugs is phenomenal….love this pattern. Click here for details.

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CHOICE 6. Can’t think of a more stylish way to serve beverages than this and it’s so well priced and ships free! Click here for details

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CHOICE 7 Someone special is getting a set of these…fabulous and reminiscent of old world European linens, great prices! Click here for details

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CHOICE 8 I simply could not resist the prices on these, they look very expensive but I won’t need to freak out if someone breaks them (sometimes even for summer entertaining its nice to serve in a glass/crystal glass vs plastic). Click here for details.

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CHOICE 9. And these are so pretty for both indoor and alfresco entertaining, adds elegance to anything they are served in! Click here for details

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CHOICE 10. The amazing mix and match blue pieces just came back in stock and are at their lowest prices…..click here for details

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CHOICE 11. Serving your guests in style is easy with these chic cocktail napkins, set of 6, great hostess gift too. Click here for details

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CHOICE 12. Had to share these again because though they are on back order they are at their lowest price ever and these are some of the prettiest planters I have seen yet. Waiting on mine, but a friend who ordered a pair said they came? in even before the promised back order date, plus free shipping! Click here for details

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OK, so many beautiful things not only for alfresco entertaining but indoors too! Your turn to pick two faves, use the poll below.? Their incredible Memorial Day sale ends 5/30 and is worth taking a look at Horchow.com.

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Thank you for stopping in, wishing you a wonderful day and great start to this short week. Until next time….

If you missed my Seven on Sunday, click here.

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Seven on Sunday

Hello and happy Sunday to everyone. I cannot believe it is Memorial Day weekend! By the time you are up and reading this I will be off for a very short getaway. I am going to do my best to keep up with my Seven on Sunday, because I happen to really like putting them together and it appears a number of you enjoy them as well, but I am going to be taking a looser approach to summer blogging and will probably post 2-3 times a week on average.

So there will be weeks when I will be able to post on Sunday and others when I will not, I am hoping to take some down time this summer to just get out there, enjoy the warm wonderful weather and breath in that fresh summer air that we have waited for, for so very long!

Big news- the porcelain container is in and will be delivered sometime between Tues-Thurs! Very very exciting. For all who placed a presale order, we will start shipping out orders by end of next week. The items just got put up on my online shop (last night) so click here to take a look around, so many pretties!! They are under respective categories, planters, jars, vases, etc…..

Here we go with my Seven on Sunday…..

 

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1. MONOGRAMMED NAPKINS. For anyone who has been considering ordering these, the last day to place an order will be June 5th for the summer (will resume taking orders again in mid to late August sometime). These make the ultimate statement for any table. So don’t delay if you have been wanting to place an order, click here for details.

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2. THE MET, CHINA- THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS. I was so happy to finally go last week and what a treat it was, so worth the traffic snarls:) This was a fascinating and incredibly beautiful exhibit that I absolutely urge anyone within driving distance to visit. I was in pure nirvana upon entering “the blue and white sanctum” complete with all my favorite things, blue and white gowns, blue and white porcelain and chinoiserie……incredible!

This was one time I really wish I had my “real” camera, as the corridors where the dresses were was rather dark, but for those who cannot make it, wanted to share it with you here, next best thing to being there! Here are some highlights, click here for more information.

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And then there was the “me” room, the blue and white room with the MOST exquisite blue and white gowns and porcelain,? I have ever seen (nearly fainted from the beauty)

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3. INSTAGRAMS OF INTEREST. Never at a loss of beautiful and inspiring pictures to share. Instagram never ceases to amaze me. So many beautiful flowers, adorable pets and just plain old gorgeousness all the way around!

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4. JACK ROGERS. I love these shoes and have worn them for years, have them in several colors and love them today as much as I did ten or so years ago:)? I am loving a few of the newer styles and was at the darling Jack Rogers store on Madison Ave the other day that had them in every color, like a candy shop for adults! Click here to visit Jack Rogers.

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5. A WONDERFUL NEW BOOK. I always like to tell you of any new books that I feel are worth talking about. This one is soooo pretty and filled with a plethora of gorgeous and inspiring pictures. A wonderful collection of rooms done in all white,? every picture feels like a breath of fresh spring air.? Loved adding this to my budding interior design book collection. Click here to purchase.

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6. WRAP IT UP. By now you know I love to wrap pretty presents. I like trying new combinations and am bid on adding pretty little adornments as a way to finish a pretty package. No rules and think gingham ribbon adds a lot to any wrapping paper. Case in? point, some of my recent wrapped gifts-

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And any gift accompanied by a beautiful “original” card by PVE is always the perfect crowning touch!

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And here are others given recently…LOVE the monogrammed labels from LB Originals, adds so much pizazz!

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7. AN INSPIRING STORY. I cannot think of a more appropriate or poignant way to close this post in honor of Memorial Day. This story will move you,? you might know of it already, but I? promise you that if you take a few minutes it takes to watch this, you will not regret it and in fact will want to share it with others…..it’s a “feel good” kind of story. The generosity of others particularly when passed down over many generations is just awe inspiring…..

 

Speaking of Memorial Day, my friend Elizabeth from Pine Cones and Acorns did such a beautiful post on Memorial Day and honoring those who serve to protect our freedoms, I highly recommend visiting her post and taking a look, click here.

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So on that note, I hope you all have a wonderful and enjoyable Memorial Day weekend. How long have we waited to say summer is here!? We all should? take a minute to give thanks to all of the brave men and women who so nobly fight and defend our freedoms, we are so fortunate. Thank you as always for stopping in,until? next time……

 

PS If you missed my post on accepting The Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award and my answers please check here!

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Sisterhood of the world bloggers award!

Hello friends…hope you had a great week. Is it really already Memorial Day weekend? Wow, hard to believe summer is just about here! Over here, super busy and spring fever has absolutely kicked in and I am loving it.
Already daydreaming about what I want to plant in my garden in a few weeks. This is on the front burner for this coming week, the time is here and I have visions of beefsteak tomatoes, crisp cucumbers and a wide array of herbs dancing through my head:)
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I had the good fortune to be tagged by Katie, the hysterically funny voice behind Preppy Empty Nester. She selected a group of bloggers to “tag” in this fun game of asking 10 random questions of us. Besides being hilarious, being the ultimate trophy wife, a world class shopper and one heck of a funny story teller, I will add great interviewer to her budding resume. If you do not follow her and her hilarious tales, then you are missing out, I promise!
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Not to mention, I have always wanted to accept an award, be it an Academy award or Golden Globe but this one sounds every bit as important- Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award…..this is big leagues indeed!
Great questions here, Katie..ones that really made me pause and think. Well, finally I finished them up and here they are along with a list of 10 other bloggers to tag and my own 10 questions.
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1. Where do you write your blog? ?Do you have a writing schedule? Absolutely no schedule but my “best work” is most definitely done early in the morning in my home office (a work in progress). I am naturally an early riser and am often at my computer at 5:30ish. I am refreshed, with coffee in hand and find that to be the best and most productive time of day for me. I often start posts in batches and will leave them as drafts to finish at a later time. So, no schedule at all for me, I do better “winging it” and figuring things out as I go along….
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2. ?When was your last light bulb moment? Hum…..well, on a totally superficial level it was the other day, getting ready to meet a friend for lunch and I was having a wardrobe meltdown (translates to almost nothing was fitting) when lurking in the back of my closet was a beautiful white lace blouse I totally forgot about. Best part? It’s super forgiving…needless to say it saved my day and has since practically become my uniform!
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On a deeper level, I was stressing over something, tossing and turning in the middle of night, really having a hard time relaxing and getting back to sleep but then I kept telling myself which is so true, that things always seem better and not quite so bad the next morning. And that is so true, I woke up feeling like I could deal with it, there was clarity and a new found energy to march on…it would be OK.
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3. ?What one piece of advice would you give your younger self? Seize the day!! Oh boy, youth really is wasted on the young! You are not young forever, take advantage of youth, energy and time (yes they all go hand in hand) and make every day count. Make sure you do at least one thing every single day that has meaning and enriches your life somehow someway.
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4. ?If you had to eat one food all day long, what would it be? Really? One? That is cruel…. you know I love my food! Well, pasta, cheese, bread and chocolate would have to fight to the ground over who gets top prize. It would probably be between bread and cheese (with a few grapes and wine thrown in for good measure)? but then again I think I could eat sushi every single day and it is less fattening, oh boy……decisions decisions!
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5. ?What is your biggest phobia? C L A U S T R O P H B I A!!!!!!!!!!! This is a major one for me, don’t ask. I have come a long way but have not taken an elevator in 21 years and will not ever step foot in one again. Need to take meds to get on a plane, so yes it still impacts my life however I have overcome other obstacles, like now I can go through the tunnel or get stuck on a bridge without having an anxiety attack, progress and baby steps:)
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6. ?In your dreams, if you could be famous for one thing, what would it be? Either writing a blockbuster screenplay, changing someone’s life (helping someone who has nothing become a success) such as put someone through college, helping a underprivledged family build a life, etc….along that line. I will also happily settle for inspiring people in any way, shape or form:)
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7. ?What would be one piece of advice that you would give?a bride and groom?? To know that everything in life worth having is worth fighting for and there will be plenty of fights in married life (if there are not, somethings is amiss). Never to think of separating/divorce as an easy option- just weathering the storms together and knowing there will be some “rough seas”, but as long as they stay in the same boat, they will weather it together and thats what’s key. (clearly there are exceptions but I am a believer in trying to make a marriage work)
Kids today in my humble opinion give up way too soon….the minute things get a little uncomfortable, they want to throw in the towel. Marriage is a commitment and one to be taken seriously.

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8. ?Ideal dinner party – name 6 ?(living) famous guests you would like to have at your table.? OK first I am? rebel as some of my guests are no longer with us:)

Oh man, this is hard and one reason it took? me so long to finish this post…here we go, The Pope (gotta love the man), Albert Einstein (always been fascinated by him) and would love to pick his brain, Carolyne Roehm, my style/flower heroine, (we could talk blue and white all night long), Ben Franklin (he was such a fascinating, intelligent multi faceted and accomplished kind of guy), Jacqueline Kennedy (I have questions and we share similar style ) and Robin Williams (what a wonderful man he was, who could make anyone laugh) .

Plus I think Jackie, Carolyne and I would become fast friends:) and last, I would love to sit next to Robin Williams, what a guy and? a mega talent, I know he would keep me in stitches all night long.? What a fun night this would be…oh and Katie you are invited too:)

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9. ?What’s the best book that you’ve read in the past year? Hummm…..have read a few good ones. May I name more than one? Just finished Dear Carolina (by Kristy Harvey) and it was fabulous, highly recommend it….also? A little life, and finally just read The Residence, an utterly fascinating look inside the “going ons” at the White House. I am about to read A Spool of Blue Thread, anyone read it?

10. ?Most useful advice that you have received in the past 10 years?? I have received a? lot of great advice from my husband, good friends, a few pieces worth sharing-

  • Never sell yourself short to please someone else,you will always regret/resent that you did
  • Squeaky wheel gets the oil, don’t be afraid to pipe up if you want/need something, what’s the worst that will happen? They say no and you? move on
  • Be the person you want to see in the world, lead by example (especially great for your kids to see)
  • In business, never ever compromise your standards, stay strong and stick to what you believe in without concessions

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My goodness, this was awfully cathartic! Thank you Katie for including me in this fun exercise and counting me amongst your “blogging besties” 🙂 It was an honor to participate! Now I get to “tag” 10 additional bloggers with my set own set of questions. No pressure to any of you, but if you can participate it would be great! (I tried and hope I succeeded in not tagging anyone that was not previously tagged for this). ? Hope you will play along, and here they are-

?Jeanne of I Dream Of

Maryann of Classic Casual Home

?Stacy of South Shore Decorating

Debby from Beautiful Serendipity

Alison of The Polo House

Amy of Maison Decor

Emily of Splendid Market

Kristy and Beth from Design Chic

Desiree of Beautifully Seaside

Elizabeth of Pine Cones and Acorns

 

?And my own 10 questions for you, my friends are the following-

If you had to live in one country outside of the U.S. for a year, where would you reside and why?

What quality do you think most people admire most about you?

Describe your “last supper” and we like details…….

Your favorite room of your house and why?

If you had to be named something else, what would you name yourself? Go ahead and include a middle name while you are at it:)

Pick an all time favorite movie and and all time favorite book that you think we should all watch and read

If you had to be born in one decade, what decade what that have been/be and why?

A movie is going to be filmed based upon your life, who will play you and what will the name of this blockbuster be?

Every one has them….come on tell us, what is one of your guilty pleasures?

Tell us 3 things on your summer bucket list.……

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No pressure to participate, but if you do I look forward to seeing what you have to say. For everyone else, thanks so? much for stopping in. And to my readers, feel free to answer any and all of these questions….it would be fun to hear what you would have to say on the matter! Wishing you a fabulous day and a wonderful and relaxing holiday weekend…..

One day left for the wonderful “last chance” current promo, click here for the details.

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Monogrammed bedding…yay or nay?

Hello! Hope your week is off to a great start, so excited to be going to the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s newest exhibit China- Through the Looking Glass today. You know how I love my monograms…….you surely don’t need to ask my opinion on the matter asI love them every bit as much on bedding too.

Also new promotion on last chance items,? just started as of Thurs. morning (will send on Saturday) Click here for the details…..

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I think monograms should be on everything that isn’t nailed down! We have monograms in all of our bedrooms in our house and I wouldn’t want it any other way:) They are so classically elegant and with today’s multitude of choices and styles, they can sway easily towards? more transnational/modern which makes them look fresh and new.

Then of course you can go the route of? the classically elegant traditional monograms which are here to stay. Either way……..whatever your style, suffice to say there is a monogram out there for you! So let’s take a look at some of the best…..

 

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Love a tonal bedding ensemble, such as this beauty by Leontine featured Atlanta Homes

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This is great look for a more masculine take on monogrammed bedding, Elle Decor

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Julia B is a wonderful resource for custom monogrammed work

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Isn’t this stunning! Things that Inspire

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The Glam Pad totally nailed this! Love this so much (monogrammed pillows by Calico Daisy)

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Don’t be afraid to use a splash of color, just look how fabulous this orange looks, Leontine Linens

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Tonal monograms are dreamy, Phoebe Howard

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This more modern version by Sam Allen is so cheery and well done!

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This is a great look for a teenage girl. I love the crisp happy appeal of the bright pink coupled with the pale blue…fabulous!

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Isn’t this handsome? Monograms are gorgeous for the men in your lives too:) Home Edit

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Monograms absolutely belong in kids rooms, Pamela Weiss

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I love mixing monograms with beautiful patterned duvets, Legacy Linens

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How amazing is this dorm room bed? Yes I said dorm room! Decor 2 ur door

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In my guest room I used a single monogrammed pillow to make a monogram statement

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I LOVE this for a boys room or a fun coastal guest room, amazing!

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So elegant and understated, Leontine

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Always been drawn to this light and airy look, the monogrammed pillows finishes it off perfectly. Magaux Interiors Limited

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This is a beautiful way to show how monograms are right at home even in a more rustic setting, Atlanta At Home

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This is stunning, isn’t it? Nells Hills

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Isn’t this the picture of elegance? Atlanta Homes

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This is a great idea for a boys room

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Leave it up to Cathy Kincaid to create this dreamy oasis with beautiful monogrammed bedding

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A great example of how monograms can be beautifully used in more modern bedrooms, Alexandra Kaehler

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A longtime favorite by Cathy Kincaid…a vision in blue and white

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Forget the bedding, Janet Rice went right to the headboard and the effect is fantastic!

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I do? love the look of any color monogram on crisp white, so pretty! Kathy Ireland

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I like this idea of monogramming an oversized bolster,? if you want to keep things clean, simple and streamlined, Jenny Wolf Interiors

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Even when used iwth other colors or patterns, a single monogrammed pillow can be a perfect finishing touch, Tobi Fairley

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Isn’t this so happy and perky! Knight Moves

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It is perfect for a babies nursery!

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Isn’t this like a breath of fresh summer air? Soft and tonal….yes! Laura Tutin Interiors

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Don’t be afraid to infuse a little fun color into your monogram. Case in point here, this is fantastic looking! J and J Design Group

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OK, OK, so you love the look. You want the look and have decided you need monograms on your bed. How to get it? Well to start, if you have bedding you already love, then you can buy a few pillows and add them to your existing bedding ensemble.

Or you can go all the way and do an entire ensemble, I did for my own bedroom and never looked back. I smile every time I walk into my room:) Here are some favorite and “sure thing” monogram bedding sources-

Click on title of each company or bedding ensemble to visit site

One of my favorite sources who I have used and recommended many times is Calico Daisy, love her appliqued monogrammed pillows, they make a real statement! In fact just ordered a wonderful pair of shams for my sons eventual room makeover. You can customize monogram style and, font color and fabric color to create your dream pillow.? Click here to visit Calico Daisy

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Leontine Linens is also known as the unofficial Rolls Royce of monogrammed linens, you could go nuts on their website, don’t say I didn’t warn you 🙂

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Then there are other resources that are a bit more affordable and equally as gorgeous and right now Horchow is incidentally having a 30% off sale:)? Click on title of each bedding ensemble to get information-

Love, love this Mirasol bedding-

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And this one also from Matouk, so fresh and crisp!

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And this elegant ensemble by Matouk….

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Another elegant scalloped idea from Matouk-

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This is fabulous by Scalamandre for Eastern Accents-

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How to choose! They are all so incredibly fabulous. To me, nothing is prettier than a bed with monogrammed goodness adorning it. The fun part which is true now more than ever, is there are no rules. You can mix and match colors, prints, and styles.

You can keep it soft and quite and monochromatic or go for a splash of fun color and bold pattern if that is what you love….as shown above, nearly anything goes. And the way a single monogrammed pillow can somehow tie it all together is quite remarkable. It is the perfect finishing touch if you ask me!

So your turn to? weigh in on the matter…yay or nay? Thank you for stopping in, wishing you a fabulous day. Until next time……

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Which would you choose?

Hello! Hope everyone out there had a wonderful weekend. Ours was great, we were in the city for a beautiful dinner party, got to see friends and had a really relaxing day yesterday. I worked all day on getting my porcelain presale orders organized, the response has been overwhelming, and last night marked the end of the very successful presale. The container is due to be released from customs any day now and then all pieces will get added to the website, hopefully by next week! I will be sure to announce when they are online!

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So on top of many balls in the air, I continue to work on my edesign projects which I have to tell you are so much fun…I really enjoy the entire process from start to finish, though it can take many months for things to come to fruition (some longer). Two current clients that I am working need lighting……so I have been scouring the landscape for great options at even greater prices and boy did I hit the jackpot!

All of these are heavily discounted plus combined with free shipping, it simply could does not get better and an added bonus was finding a few things for myself:) So thought this would make a fun which would you choose..if you were in the market for a new lamp, sconce or chandelier, which would you choose?

 

YOU CAN CLICK ON ITEM TITLE ABOVE EACH PICTURE TO BE TAKEN TO STORE SITE WHERE THEY ARE SOLD

 

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CHOICE 1 Love this lamp and can you believe its on sale for $149!!!! Ordered two for a client.

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CHOICE 2. Just ordered this gorgeous crystal flower ceiling mounted beauty for a small vestibule in my room, can’t wait to get it

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CHOICE 3. Finding a gorgeous floor lamp is not easy, so I was thrilled to find this beauty at such a great deal.

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CHOICE 4.? This elegant sconce would be fabulous in a powder room/bathroom!

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CHOICE 5. How beautiful is this sparkling mini crystal chandelier! I think this is such a beautiful statement piece for smaller spaces…

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CHOICE 6. If I had a beach house I would snag a pair of these beautiful white coral lamps, so elegant for a coastal home

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CHOICE 7. This gorgeous stately nickel sconce is a winner, might do these in our lower level powder room and the price is sooo right:)

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CHOICE 8. This gold coral lamp is fabulous with a price to match!

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CHOICE 9. Totally in love with this bamboo fretwork lantern, and have seen something nearly identical for four times the price, brainstorming where I could use it!

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CHOICE 10. Used this beautiful mother of pearl lamp for a guest bedroom recently….so pretty

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So many beautiful lighting choices, and best part is the prices! Lighting can make a room….amazing how it can transform. Your turn to pick your two top favorites. Thank you as always for stopping in, wishing you a fabulous day and start to your week. Until next time….

If you missed my Seven on Sunday, click here (it’s a good one)!

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Seven on Sunday

Hi there and happy Sunday morning to everyone! Hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend.? First off time to announce the lucky winner of the beautiful peony bouquet from The French Bee. Congratulations goes to-

#28 Frances Sankey says:

? My heart skips a beat with boxwood?s. I love them all but this one makes me swoon! R18319-Cone/Ball Boxwood in Black Crested Garland Pot

Love your new sponsor Tina.

Please contact me at theenchantedhome@gmail.com to claim your prize!

 

We have had such a nice weekend, dinner with old friends friends and then went to a beautiful dinner party in the city last night. Not used to getting back at 1:30, brought me back to my “younger days” and I realized I cannot do those crazy late nights without dragging the next day (nor do I want to:)

Today, is a day of catch up, been overwhelmed (and thrilled) with the incredible reaction to my porcelain container and presale! There are so many fabulous pieces,? which I am selling limited numbers of at a special presale price. The very special offer ends tomorrow night, so? if you haven’t taken a look, click here.

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Ready for my Seven on Sunday? Here we go……

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1. BLUE AND WHITE BAGS TO DIE FOR. When I saw these I nearly fainted from how pretty they are. Leave it up to Dolce and Gabanna to hit a home run with these blue and white beauties!!

I am considering one of them, they are so chic, I can so easily see it with a beautiful all white outfit…oh yes! The first one is a presale but so worth the anticipation of getting what is sure to become a girls favorite and the second one appears to be available now and I am equally in love with both:)

 

This tote is the perfect summer tote and surely has my name all over it….and love that it has the option of carrying it in your hand or over your shoulder with a longer strap.

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And this one is so stunning for dressier occasions, talk about making a statement!

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And just when I thought they could not get any prettier, I see this beauty!

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2. INSTAGRAMS OF INTEREST. Oh my, so much to share this week it? was hard narrowing it down. But suffice to say this batch is most inspirational! Here is what made the cut……

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3. SPRING IS ALIVE AND WELL. I am LOVING seeing everything so lush and green, with the flowers blooming everywhere, it puts a smile on my face! Seeing all this green makes me feel so happy, remember not so long ago we were buried under FEET of snow! I am going to be getting my garden underway in the next week as well. Here are some of the spring happenings over here…….

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The white azaleas and rhodos along the driveway are spectacular, we are in the process of putting up a gate which is why you see the caution tape

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How beautiful are these 7 foot tall (variation of a)myrtle topiaries? Waiting for my planters to arrive:) I will probably put them on the back patio-

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And added these beautiful triple ball topiaries added to my pretty myrtle topiary family…

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4.SHOWHOUSE SEASON. So many showhouses going on……If you are in my area, the Mill Neck Manor showhouse is a must see, it’s just a fun way to spend an afternoon, the home and grounds themselves are simply spectacular and I always enjoy seeing how others interpret design. There is also another showhouse just around the corner, called Home is Where the Heart is, and it is also very pretty and worth the visit. Then there is also Kips Bay in NYC which I really enjoyed very much.

I had to change out my big beautiful vase of blossoms on the table at the showhouse space as the wind was just impossible and they kept toppling over, so I made a sturdier container of hydrangeas and must say I think I love this every bit as much! Here it is…..

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I also went to the Kips Bay showhouse in the city and will do a post on it (and the showcase I am in as well) in the next week or so but here is a sneak peek. I was very impressed and highly recommend it. I was somewhat disappointed the last few years but this year was an absolute winner.

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And finally so excited tomorrow I am going on a barn/showhouse tour….how fun! I cannot wait:)

5. A NEW PRODUCT I LOVE. I always enjoy telling you about something I love or think is worth sharing. Skin care can be so incredibly overwhelming, there is so much out there, all promising to be the fountain of youth. You don’t know where to begin, right? Well I must say this product is one that I am extremely happy with, and HIGHLY recommend.

It isn’t cheap but a little bit goes a loooong way and I think this could last me several months. What better investment than our skin! This is made in France, came recommended by my friends sister who is a big wig makeup artist in L.A. Feels so good on and just yesterday someone complimented me on my glowing skin,? I swear even after two weeks my skin does look smoother and brighter. Apparently it is the ingredient, trylacel that is the key:)? Click here for more info…..

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6. A FLOWER SCHOOL I MUST ATTEND! I attended a class about 8 years ago and it was so much fun, but I was not nearly the flower fanatic that I am now. So high on my list of things to do is to book myself into one of the master classes over at Flower School NY. Classes are from total novices to experts and taught by floral professionals or masters as they call them, what could be more fun than learning the art of creative flower arranging!

Taught right in the heart of the bustling flower district in NYC, if you are within driving distance, you? might want to sign up too:) Click here for more info and to read over their extensive class schedule.

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7. COCKTAIL SEASON! Well truth is, every season is the cocktail season:) but summer and spring mean al fresco dining/drinking/entertaining and it doesn’t get better than that! I have plans to set up a new little bar arrangement and found this chart to be so helpful, thought this was the perfect place to share it.

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So that about wraps it up for me, anything on your radar that you care to share? Wishing you a fabulous day and end to your weekend. Crazy isn’t it that next week is Memorial day and the start of summer, woo hoo! Thank you for stopping in. Until next time….

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My most exciting announcement ever!

Hi friends, well I have been chomping at the bit to put this post together and tell you about this wonderful announcement for some time now. This is VERY exciting news I have to share today. I officially have the very first container arriving in about 6-8 days with over 500 of the most beautiful porcelain pieces,? my very first exclusive porcelains for The Enchanted Home. And you will be astounded at how amazing both the pieces and prices are!! I literally want one of everything:)

This has actually been in the works for quite some time, and it was no easy feat, a lot of meetings, back and forth….but finally it happened and I took the plunge. It is en route and due to arrive no later than May 18th.

There are a few reasons this is great news for you my readers and customers….I can offer my same beautiful quality porcelains at an even deeper discounted price (that is huge), there is going to be a vast selection of porcelains to choose from and there is going to be a lot of stock on each item (at least in the beginning). Plus for four days only I am offering a very special “presale”! So it’s a true win/win and I am over the moon about it!

 

A sneak peek…..

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THE OFFER-

Which brings me to today’s post….when these items come, they will be added to the online shop at my usual discounted rates. But what I am offering today is even better than that, I am offering a “presale”.

Which means you buy an item at an even deeper discounted price and it will ship upon receipt within about 10 days. Today’s prices are approx. 20-25% off what I will be selling them for when they arrive next month. A GREAT opportunity to take advantage of considerable savings.

To place an order-

So here is how it works, every item is numbered, all you do is email me at theenchantedhome@gmail.com with your order request (just include item numbers please).

You will receive an invoice. You will get another email in about 10 days to confirm when your order ships out. Easy peasy.

So I am sure you are ready to see the goods, and I am excited to show them to you, ready? Let’s go!

 

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ITEM 1. This planter is one of my current best selling, at $75.00. Measures 9″ x 14″ x 9″, this is a deal and as low as it will go:)

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Measures 9″ x 14′ x 9″

 

ITEM 2. The perfect classic ginger jar, beautifully antiqued. Screaming for a spray of tall blossoms or curly willow. Today it is $160.00

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Incredible dramatic flower vase, 25″ x 8.5″ $160.00

 

ITEM 3. The perfect mid sized planter, how perfect is this for topiaries or a beautiful boxwood! Today it is $140.00

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Spectacular planter, 15.5″ x 16″ $160.00

 

ITEM 4. A classic pair of antiqued white foo dogs, impressive size, a beautiful addition to any vignette. Pair today is $85.00

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Creamy white foo dogs measure 11.5″ x 8″

 

ITEM 5. The most beautiful oval planter. Period. This classic beauty normally retails for around $285-350 today it is $218.00

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Stunning planter measures 10″ x 15″ $218.00

 

ITEM 6. Gorgeous antiqued chunky ginger jar….love this beautiful jar alone or as a pair. Very large and very impressive. $220 (retails for $500)

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Incredible antiqued massive ginger jar, 26″ x 14″ $220.00

 

ITEM 7. Another variation of the perfect planter, this one is round. $210.00

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Gorgeous round planter measures 10.5″ x 15″ $210.00

ITEM 8.? This showstopper of a jar is sold in some very fine stores for over $1000.00. Today it is $370!

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ITEM 9. Gorgeous octagonal planter with bottom saucer, such an elegant style hand painted on all sides $218.00

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Gorgeous octagonal planter with saucer measure 9.5″ x 14″ $218.00

 

ITEM 10. A beautiful mid sized planter scalloped on top with beautiful figurines. 9.5″ x 15″ $185.00

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Elegant fluted planter 10″ x 15″ $210.00

 

ITEM 11. Classic dragons ginger jar, a piece I currently sell that is a top seller. Stands 18.5″ tall? Today it is? $125!

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Classic dragon jar measures 18.5″ x 10″ $125.00

 

ITEM 12. Great shape to add to an existing vignette or to create a new one…$85.00

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Children playing hexagon jar, measures 11.5″ x 9″ $85.00

 

ITEM 13. The Chinese character ginger jar is a classic in blue and white porcelain, this beauty is $115.00, thats’s a lot of ginger jar!

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Classic Chinese character jar, measures 14″ x 10″ $115.00

ITEM 14. Isn’t this a beauty? I own this and have big sprays of cherry blossoms in them, $120.00!

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Stately tall Chinese character flower vase, measures 17″ x 9″ $120.00

 

ITEM 15. Love this square shape, makes for an interesting addition to any vignette. $95.00

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Pretty square jar, measures 12″ x 7.5″ $95.00

ITEM 16. This beautiful cherry blossoms jar is super decorative and with the predominantly white background a real standout! $85.00

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Pretty blossom hexagon jar 11.5″ x 9″ $85.00

 

ITEM 17. The perfect jar for your weekly fresh flowers, and at this price you can get an extra one for a gift!$75.00

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Dramatic flower vase, measures 15″ x 8″ $75.00

 

ITEM 18. Another beautiful shape $85.00

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Showstopping flower vase, measures 16″x 8″ 85.00

 

ITEM 19. Adore these figurines that are nearly half today of what they retail for $88.00 for set of 3

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Set of wise old emperors, 14″ x 4″ $88.00

ITEM 20. And the smiling Chinese men, set of 3 $92.00

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Set of three men, 17″ x 6″ $92.00

ITEM 21. A smaller planter, so perfect for a topiary, boxwood or flowering plant $65.00

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Small delicate flower container/planter, measures 7″ x 10″ $65.00

 

ITEM 22.Isn’t this warrior jar pretty? Great round caddy shape $75.00

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Pretty round warrior jar, 10.5″ x 8″ $75.00

 

ITEM 23. I like the transitional feeling of this jar and the fact that it has a lot of white, very striking! $85.00

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Stunning cherry blossom jar, 12″ x 7″ $85.00

 

ITEM 24. I love this for tall flowers/blossoms/curly willow. $130.00

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Fabulous tall flower vase, 20″ x 5.5″ $130.00

 

ITEM 25. Every vignette needs a small dramatic jar and this beauty does just the trick! $70.00

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Pretty navy blossom flat top jar, 13.5″ round $70.00

ITEM 26. I have this jar and love the shape and traditional Chinese scene $85.00

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Gorgeous scenic diamond shaped jar, 12.5″ x 11″ $85.00

 

ITEM 27. Flat top jars are amongst one of my best sellers, at $65.00 this is as low as they go!

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Pretty flat top with emperors 12.5″ x 9″ $65.00

 

ITEM 28. This is a wonderful mid sized ginger jar, great size for just about anywhere.? 14″ x 9.5″? $75.00

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So……told you there would be lots of great things? to see! If you see something or several things that are calling your name, simply email me at theenchantedhome@gmail. with your order. As I stated there are limited quantities with this promotion which will run through Monday evening. I do hope to have everything up on my site within a few days of their arrival (but at their regular selling prices) which will be discounted approx. 25-35% off of normal retail!

 

Thank you for stopping by, so happy that this container finally arrived. For those who place an order, you will get a email confirmation when container arrives and your item is ready to ship. I was truly a kid in a blue and white candy shop:) Until next time…….

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