Seven on Sunday

Hello….first thing I want to do is announce the two lucky winners of the giveaways! Congratulations goes to-

 

Winner #1- Sandra (#132)   who won the box of 4 ornaments

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Winner #2- Michelle (#158)  who won the beautiful silver bowl

 

Please contact me at theenchantedhome@gmail.com to claim your prize and provide your shipping addressees so your goodies can be on their way!

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I hope you are having a wonderful weekend! Here the foliage is starting to peak and it is spectacular…I hope to get out today and take some pictures with my “good camera” before the rain moves in. Really looking forward to a total day of relaxation today. I have earned it:) Had a nice dinner out with friends, a city day and today is all about a whole lot of nothing, fast becoming my favorite kind of days.

Hope you are enjoying a wonderful weekend. Here we go with my Seven on Sunday….

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1.WEDDING CAKES LIKE YOU HAVE NEVER SEEN. This is like “honey I blew up the wedding cake”…..beyond the SIZE of these mammoth cakes, large enough to feed a decent sized village, the detail is literally mind blowing.

Have I been living under a rock where wedding cakes the size of small Manhattan skyscrapers are de rigeour with a certain set in Jakarta, Bali and that region!! So much so that it looks like they actually require a big knife but a SWORD to cut them:)

I love all that you can discover on Instagram and this Jakarta based wedding cake extraordinaire, Lenovelle Cake really takes the cake, pun intended!!

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I mean seriously….can you BELIEVE this is a cake!

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And come on now, shouldn’t this be ME standing next to this cake and not her:)

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Thanks to my buddy Meg for sending me this picture (how I discovered them and now I can’t get enough)

 

2. HILARIOUS AD FOR SOMEONE RUNNING FOR OFFICE. These days funny, lighthearted and politics do NOT belong in the same sentence but this “gone viral” ad for a local Texas based  county commissioner running for office is hysterical and um….well, possibly to a degree something we can all relate to (wink).

3.  INSTAGRAMS OF INTEREST. This is always the highlight of these posts for me, getting to share all that I found on Instagram and this weekend does not disappoint!

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This one below really made me laugh-

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3 AWESOME NEW APPS! There are so many apps out there, it is overwhelming to even know which to use. However all three of these are REALLY worth looking into, it is amazing what these apps can churn out, the information they can provide! I am not the most app savvy but was recommended to these by someone who very much is-

1.IFTTT– This site is INCREDIBLE, almost magic!  I cannot believe all that it can help you do, really worth checking out!

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SKIPLAGGED– Friend told me about it, apparently a super user friendly app for really reasonable last minute flights.

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SKYSCANNER– A similar site, which he said he found a last minute flight internationally on.

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4. EVER WANTED TO OWN YOUR OWN ISLAND?  Well, now you can! Forewarning- you will fall in love and this may have you contemplating a move to the Scottish Isles! Talk about fantasy island….this is simply amazing, located less than 2 miles from mainland Scotland.

Comes with your own water views and a battalion of charming old stone cottages all along the beautiful rugged Scottish coastline!  What an amazing family retreat this would make!

If you have  a spare few million and looking to recreate “The Holiday” here is your chance! And since you found it by way of my blog, I get to be your first houseguest. Click here for more info.

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And perhaps the icing on  a very sweet cake, the post office/cafe!

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5. LOOKING FOR GREAT FURNITURE DEALS? Decor Market, a wonderful resource for rugs, furniture and lighting is having a site wide whopping 31% for Halloween. The sale is on for ONE DAY TODAY for Halloween, can’t believe 31% off of EVERYTHING!

I am working with a few edesign clients and we have made our lists in time to take advantage of the extra steep discount. Make sure you check it out and use the code SPOOKY31 on their site today only (click here) if you decide you just can’t live without something. Here are a few things on the list-

This gorgeous chair and ottoman, so beautiful! Click here

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In love with this Lucite/brass end table, click here

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One lucky client is getting this rug for her dining room…love the colors and the price of $700 even more. Click here

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Doing a pair of these on either side of her sofa, gorgeous! Click here

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How neat are these? I just ordered two for the two desks in my new offices,thought for sure the $119 price was a typo! click here

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7.  SUNDAY’S SURVEY So this week, is all about balance of time. Everyone’s formula is different, some need an equal balance of time between work and play, others more. These last weeks have been 95% work and 5% free time and I am really not complaining because its been a labor of love. But I was talking to a friend who recently went back to work and we were on the subject and we both acknowledged it’s a process to find that perfect balance.

Today’s world is akin to being on the autobahn 24/7. Everything happens fast and there is no rest for the weary! So in reflecting on your life, do you think you have achieved a perfect balance or is there improvement to be had?

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So friends, this is what’s been on my radar, anything  excite or delight you here? Hope you are having a wonderful weekend, enjoy your Sunday and be back soon. Until next time…….

PS As of Monday morning a brand new promo started, amazing selection of Annabel Ingall totes, last A.Ingall promo of 2016!  Click here

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Which would you choose?

Hello and happy Friday afternoon-  such a crazy busy week over here. We have been up to our ears in ornaments and getting orders out fast and furious…..you would not believe how much we got done this week! I am looking forward to some down time tomorrow and we are planning on driving north into CT to see the lat of the fall foliage. It is so beautiful this time of year.

In addition to putting in overtime at the office/warehouse,  have been sprucing things up around the house and one thing I do every year is go on a towel buying spree:) I love getting fresh towels in and have tried many, I have a few tried and true favorites.

One of my favorites, because of their softness,  durability and how well they absorb are the Westcott towels from Ralph Lauren. And thought you should know they are on sale right now the lowest price of the year over at one of my favorites, Horchow!! So I have stocked up for a while!

It’s a great time to buy, then I got busy (and sidetracked) buying a few accessories for a few bathrooms that had been forgotten about and I thought it would make a fun post, all about bathrooms and adding small touches to spruce them up. So time to choose your two favorite bathroom items, ready?

 

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CHOICE 1. My favorite bathroom towel in a huge assortment of colors, great price!! Click here

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CHOICE 2 How pretty are these alabaster bathroom pieces? Love them! Click here

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CHOICE 3 Isn’t this bathroom rug a beauty? Just ordered this for my guest bath, stunning and on sale:) Click here

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CHOICE 4 Adore this elegant water carafe, what a pretty little piece for a bathroom/nightstand, click here

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CHOICE 5 Great price on the Westcott bath rugs…$30! Click here

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CHOICE 6 You know I love this shower curtain from John Robshaw, very chic! Click here

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CHOICE 7 LOVE this set, and ordered it! Click here

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CHOICE 8 When you need a great big luxurious bath sheet in a wide range of colors, this huge Westcott will do and at $26 it’s a bargain!  Click here

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CHOICE 9 These polished nickel pieces are such classics, got a few for my sons bathroom, was desperately needed! Click here

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CHOICE 10 The Westcott hand towels are on sale as well, great price in a wide array of colors! Click here
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CHOICE 11 Isn’t this ruffled shower curtain the cutest! If i had a daughter she would have this in her bathroom:) Click here

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CHOICE 12 This is a stunning bathmat and at $23 you don’t have to think twice! Click here

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CHOICE 13 Isn’t this sconce gorgeous! I know I am getting ahead of myself but thinking for my PB bathroom this would be beautiful. I was floored to see they are only $250! Click here

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CHOICE 14 These beautiful wicker laundry pieces could almost make laundry fun:) Click here

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Ahh…this post makes me want to give every bathroom a makeover! So many pretty things, great prices and an amazing selection. You can always count on Horchow to deliver! Click here to see all of the bath goodies over at Horchow.

Don’t forget one more day to enter the giveaway for two great prizes, click here to throw your name in the hat. Thank you for stopping in as always, wishing you a wonderful Friday evening. Until next time…….

PS As of Saturday morning a fabulous new promo started on all the European Kitchen items, worth checking out, click here,

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Styled and Set 2016

Sorry I am so late to the party…better late than never:)

Hello! I was so excited and flattered to have been included to join a very talented group of fellow bloggers for a new blog tour,  Styled and Set featuring holiday entertaining. It runs for a week and  is a  week long plethora of holiday inspired posts.

This week will feature fall/Thanksgiving inspired posts and in about a month we will do a Christmas week. Suffice to say you will find all the ideas and inspiration you could dream of having from this amazing round up of bloggers and their ideas!

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Today’s post is all about Thanksgiving/fall and what I do in my home.  I host it just about every year and it is possibly my favorite season or  few reasons. I mean let’s get real- any excuse to load up on all  the traditional Thanksgiving fixings topped with warm pecan pie is good enough reason. But the fact that it’s all about togetherness and family without an iota of attention given to gifts make the family time extra sweet:)

We always watch old family movies, play a few games and end it with a great movie that we ALL watch together ( a rarity). So here is what fall looks like  around my home…….

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I enjoy setting a pretty table and try to change things up from year to year. Don’t think I have ever had a blue and white Thanksgiving but this year I just may:) I experimented with my pretty Blue Mikado china and must say I really like it:) I am just staring to “play”, here is a sneak peek of my playing in progress-

(sorry these pictures were taken at night due to my crazy schedule so they are a little dark)

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And I always enjoy announcing fall’s arrival with changing my planters and adding pumpkin to my “front door scape”. This year went an all white theme which I must say, I am loving. It is clean and classically elegant. Added giant white pumpkins then added the two “faux stone” pumpkins on the smaller urns in front. Topped with white mums in all the planters, it’s all set-

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Above are the faux stone pumpkins (looks like they weigh a ton but I can pick them up with one hand)

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Always love the look of beautiful white mums

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Funnily enough my giant white real pumpkins have taken on a patina so they match my faux pumpkins quite nicely:)

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And added small touches throughout, nothing crazy just small pretty little reminders that fall is here, adore my handpainted chinoiserie pumpkins from The Relished Roost-

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I LOVE magnolia leaves, in fact am kind of obsessed with them. So I love any chance to use them here and there, and found a few places throughout the house to display a couple of arrangements. The addition of fresh greens (cut from outside) and large pine cones is a pretty addition and so very easy!

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Hope you enjoyed seeing my home all dressed up for fall…..you absolutely need to check out what the others have done. You will thank me, so many wonderful and inspiring ideas. Thanks for stopping in. Until next time…..

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Please take some time to enjoy the other posts by clicking on the links below.

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Savvy Southern Style

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Maison Decor

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On Sutton Place

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If you missed Monday’s posts:

Holiday Entertaining Blog Tour | Day 1

Designthusiasm | French Country Cottage | Cedar Hill Farmhouse
Kelley Nan | Bless’er House | Maison de Pax

If you missed Tuesday’s posts:

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Town and Country Living | CitrineLiving | Sand and Sisal
Zevy Joy | Life on Virginia Street | Design, Dining and Diapers

If you missed Wednesday’s posts:

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Decor Gold Designs | ZDesign At Home | Randi Garrett Design
Ella Claire | So Much Better With Age | My Soulful Home

Monday’s posts:

Holiday Entertaining Blog Tour | Day 1

Designthusiasm | French Country Cottage | Cedar Hill Farmhouse
Kelley Nan | Bless’er House | Maison de Pax

Tuesday’s posts:

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Town and Country Living | CitrineLiving | Sand and Sisal
Zevy Joy | Life on Virginia Street | Design, Dining and Diapers

Wednesday’s posts:

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Decor Gold Designs | ZDesign At Home | Randi Garrett Design
Ella Claire | So Much Better With Age | My Soulful Home

Thursday’s posts:

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Shabbyfufu | StoneGable | Savvy Southern Style
Maison Decor | On Sutton Place | The Enchanted Home

Friday’s Posts:

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Sunny Side Up | Finding Home Farms | The Wood Grain Cottage
Setting for Four | Becky Cunningham

Coming Friday:

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The winner of Fall Love, shop news and a giveaway!

 

Hi friends, I am thrilled to announce the winner of my annual Fall Love contest….this was a battle royale as both of the finalists were just exquisite. But only one could be crowned a winner and what a winning shot it is! Congratulations to-

 

Gayle who submitted this gorgeous fall picture-

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And an honorable mention to Phyllis who submitted this picture and came in awfully close (this was a very tight race)-

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Gayle, I  will be in contact so that your wonderful stone pumpkin will be on it’s way. Hopefully the pumpkin will be an annual reminder of your victory over here at The Enchanted Home. Thank you all again for participating and voting….a new contest Holiday Love will be announced in November:)

Moving along….

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As I periodically do I share with you what is happening on the shop front. Now that an official office is in place at the warehouse, an 800 number is being established, things are really starting to move along, in a very exciting way.

I value your feedback and opinions more than you can imagine and feel so lucky to have a sounding board from all over the world….that is priceless! And to thank you for your input and participation in a few mini polls below I am offering two great prizes to two lucky winners (details on bottom).

I will be offering weekly or bi weekly promos up until Christmas. Plus about to have a big warehouse blowout on things that were either found or that we hare on only 1 or 2 left of…always some great finds!

Many exciting new personal accessories on the horizon as well, lots of goodies heading this way. So here is whats new and exciting, can’t wait to see what you have to say-

 

PROVENCE PLANTERS. These were suffice to say a major hit, I was only upset that I had to give up the ones I had put aside for myself for an order, but this time around I am ordering my own little stash:) A new order is in the works and will be here late Dec/early Jan. I would love your input on a few colors I am considering.

I am now accepting presale orders for the December container.  The finials will now be sent in a separate small box and will be screwed onto the base (avoids breakage risk).

The benefits of ordering now? You get the color size you want plus you lock in this super low presale price, these are an exceptional deal considering they sell for thousands.  They will be 15-20% higher when they arrive in Dec. Plus think of how fun it will be in the dead of winter when you see the big brown truck pull up with great big brown boxes:)

Email orders to theenchantedhome@gmail.com-

Sizes-

(All height measurements include finial)
Medium: 23.25″H x 20″D  $285.00
Large: 25.25″H x 22″D $315.00
Extra Large- 28″H x 24″ $365.00  NEW SIZE

Standard colors- Black, ivory, pale gray/blue.

CUSTOM COLORS can also be done for presale only- ($30 up charge per planter). Email me if you want to get the color chart.

 

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Here is a beautiful example of them put to use at a customers beautiful home-

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In addition a new size has been added, a jumbo which finished will measures 24 x 24. Here are some other colors I am considering, would love your take!

A darker taupe color-

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Pale blue/gray-

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How about a darker navy or mossy green-

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SILVER I must say I so love my silver…I put it to good use and have it all over. It is even more beautiful in person and I smile everything I get an email from someone over the moon with their shipment.

Seeing is believing in this case:) I have found a fantastic manufacturer whose attention to detail is spot on. I have a few new mint juleps en route as we speak, perfect timing with the holidays. Acorns and equestrian….how pretty are these!!

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In addition bringing back these sold out planters  below.

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I experimented with this square tray and it looks incredible as a charger, if I can get the price right…what do you think of having it made as a charger? Chargers are a consistently popular item. Would love your take on these-

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CHINOISERIE TOLE Another obsession of mine:) Excited to get the bamboo lanterns and gorgeous new lamps in, in a few weeks. A presale is going to be offered on these beauties next week. Already have a few places in my home waiting for some of these!

Working on an order to arrive in later January. The mirrors turned out to be a great call and I am placing a reordered on them. The black is  no brainer and always popular. I am going to be offering a smaller style mirror as well.

 

The classic bamboo lantern is coming in as a smaller size as well, 24″ and offering a new color, navy w/gold-

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LOVE all these new lamps-

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These two mirrors were offered last time, which do you prefer style/shape wise?

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What colorway would you like to see these mirrors in (you can check up to 2)?


 

 

MY NEW SIGNATURE CANDLE! Oh boy this signature candle is already a hit….and wait till you smell it, you will be hooked! I am accepting orders now for the next batch due here around Nov. 20th. They are presale $95 but will be $110 once they are on the site. Amazing! Contact me to place a presale order on this fabulous signature candle.

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PORCELAINS. The “main event” of my shop is always the porcelains and there is a stunning new shipment in route.  I am also bringing back some old favorites and ordered extra stock to be sure they are here for a while:)

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And then another presale will be offered in a few weeks on the first official shipment of 2017, with some fabulous new goodies. In terms of porcelain please tell me what you would most like to see come in (click all that apply)-

 

ORNAMENTS! These are the buzzword around here, I cannot tell you how magnificent they are in person. Just beyond gorgeous! They are like little jewels and have me so excited to decorate a tree:) I had them professionally photographed. We are working fast and furiously on getting orders out and I go to sleep with visions of ginger jar ornaments dancing through my head:)

A new shipment of them is arriving very soon so hope to be well stocked for the holiday rush!  I love that they come in a beautiful white Enchanted Home gift box, makes them a easy and beautiful, unique gift!

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So friends that is a recap of what is happening over here. We are doing a “comb through” of the  new site and it could be live within a few days! Some wonderful new items are coming in and  I will be sure to share all of the goodness with you when they do.  Thank as always for your loyal support and feedback.

THE GIVEAWAYS-

Two lucky winners are going to win a great prize!

Winner #1 will win a box of 4 of my new ornaments

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Winner #2 will win this beautiful silver bowl

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Simply participate in the polls above, leave a comment on this post telling me your favorite new item and I will choose 2 winners on Sunday.

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Thanks for stopping in, wishing you a a wonderful day. Congratulations again to Gayle. Until next time…..

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Fall Love- The showdown round is on!

Hello and happy Tuesday to you from chilly NY. The weather has suddenly turned very cold, it is sweater and boot weather and I am loving it:) I have such fun hosting these contests…..they are such a testament to the talents and tastes of my amazing readers/customers!

So thank you one last time to everyone for entering and for those who are voting. Today we have a showdown of two incredible pictures that embody all that is good about fall. It is not an easy decision as they are both so exquisite. But it’s time to make a decision! So here are your two finalists-

 

CHOICE 1 from round 1

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CHOICE 2 from round 2

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Sneak peek- While I have your attention I just had to share with you these most gorgeous pictures I just got back of my magnificent ornaments collection..so excited with how these came out. I am obsessed with these ornaments, they are bigger and more amazing in person, and the details are really special, seeing is believing!  I cannot wait to hear the first round of feedback from those who have ornaments en route:)

They were professionally photographed a few days ago and will be added to the new site (very soon, we are really at the final stages now). You know I have no patience and have to share right away!!

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Can you blame me for being over the moon about these ornaments!! It was years in the making so the satisfaction is extra sweet:) And how about those two finalists…amazing indeed!

Thanks for stopping in, wishing you a wonderful day. Until next time…….

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Enchanted Home Fall Love Contest- round 2

Good Monday morning to you, hope you had a great weekend. Ours was very nice and thankfully really relaxing which I needed after a very busy work week. I am well rested and ready for another busy week!

Hopefully you got to see round 1 of the Fall Love which was a gorgeous display of fall beauty, courtesy of my talented readers/customers. If you can believe it, here is another equally gorgeous round…..this is no easy decision!

As with round 1 this will be open for one day to vote, and tomorrow we will have the showdown round of the two finalists. Finally on Wed, I will announce the lucky winner. So let’s get right to it, remember you can vote for your TWO favorites (get your pen and paper ready)-

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This was not easy…..so many beautiful and inspiring pictures. Hope you were able to narrow it down easier than I was:) Thank you again to all who participated,  and to everyone for voting. I will be back tomorrow with the two finalists! Until then……

PS If you missed my Seven on Sunday, it’s worth going back to, click here to see


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Seven on Sunday

Hello and happy Sunday to you! First order of business is to announce the lucky winner of the beautiful cashmere scarf from Last Call. Congrats goes to

#67  SYLVIA FAYE

Please contact me at theenchantedhome@gmail.com so that your lovely prize can be on it’s way!

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Hope you are having a great weekend…..here the foliage is exploding and it is so gorgeous. This is most definitely my favorite time of year. My college son is home this weekend which is a great treat, though I have seen him literally for all of maybe 45 min,  such is the life of a busy, social college aged kid. I get it, I was 21 once:)

But when he is getting ready to GO OUT to a party in the city that STARTS at 11 at night…..I had a secretive little smile on my face as I sat cozy in my pjs in my comfy bed that I was so happy it’s him and not me. I like a nice evening out but I start turning into a pumpkin BY 11:) Moving on……

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1 MY NEW OFFICE IN THE WORKS! So I have been very busy setting up an “official” Enchanted Home office at my warehouse space. It is about a 2400 sq foot space divided into rooms with one large room, which was a sad looking storage room.

It was high time to set a proper office up at the warehouse since I was going back and forth sometimes twice in one day. Especially now that the new site will soon be up with get this…….an 800 number (after many have asked for one)! Good things are happening over here. It is still very much a work in progress but definitely really coming along-

This board exemplifies the look I am after. My workspace  is very important to me, it has to be clean, crisp and happy.  Will be sure to share pics when its all done and painted! Here is a mood board I had created about the vibe I am after, and so far it’s coming along much like I had hoped-

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So here is a very disheveled “before”- it is one long rather ugly boring room. There is  a hallway which leads to other smaller rooms which is where we store everything, this was a storage room that is being converted to the office aka world headquarters for Enchanted Home:)

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Cleared it out…..can’t wait to rip up that boring brown carpet

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And looky what I found, can’t believe this is commercial carpet!

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Night and day! Looks brighter already, paint being  done in a few days

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And here is a in progress shot, new desks got delivered and blue and whites started being put out, I will feature the completed before and after when done in about a week or so-

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2.WHY DON’T THESE TYPES OF  STORIES MAKE IT TO  FRONT PAGE? We know within seconds when there is any kind of Kardashian drama or when something big is going down with one of our presidential nominees, when the latest Hollywood divorce is unraveling, but we rarely hear about those stories that embody basic, good humanity, the “feel good” stories that we all long and need to hear about. This is Hollywood at it’s finest.

Here is one recent such story that we should ALL know about and the media should talk about (thanks Dad)-

 

Denzel Washington and Brooks
Army Medical Center.
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Don’t know whether you heard about this but
Denzel Washington and his family visited the troops at Brooks Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas,(BAMC) the other day. This
is where soldiers who have been evacuated
from Germany come to be hospitalized in
the United States , especially burn victims.
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There are some buildings there called
Fisher Houses. The Fisher House is a hotel
where soldiers’ families can stay, for little
or no charge, while their soldier is in the hospital. BAMC has quite a few of
these houses on base, but as you can imagine, they are almost filled most of the time.
While Denzel Washington was visiting
BAMC, they gave him a tour of one of
the Fisher Houses.
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He asked how much one
of them would cost to build. He took his checkbook out and wrote a check for the
full amount right there on the spot.
The soldiers overseas were amazed to hear
this story and want to get the word out to the American public, because it warmed
their hearts to hear it. 
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The question is, ‘Why do:
Britney Spears, Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton, Tom Cruise
and other Hollywood fluff
make front page news with their ridiculous antics, and 
Denzel Washington’s Patriotism doesn’t even make page 3 in the Metro
section of any newspaper except the
local newspaper in San Antonio ?’

 

3. A WONDERFUL NEW BLOG. I got an email from a newer blogger who experienced some of the same trepidation and uncertainty that I did when I started blogging. You wonder who will ever find me? How? Will they even like me?  I can relate from when I started blogging, as it can be daunting with a sprinkle of excitement for sure.

I want to introduce you to Elizabeth of  Ellie and Elizabeth.  Her home is beautiful and she has a love of design as so many of us do. Plus I got a few great ideas from her wise kitchen storage. Here is a peak below, click ere to visit and say hello to over at Ellie and Elizabeth.

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4 INSTAGRAMS OF INTEREST.  This week it is very heavy on the majesty of fall and great food….not planned that way but it just worked out like that with a healthy dose of blue and white of course!! Enjoy….

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5. GORGEOUS E DESIGN JOBS AND TALENTED CLIENTS! I love to share with you on occasion the “after” of various edesign jobs I have been working on, it is so much fun to watch a room evolve and come together.

I have some incredible before and afters that I am going to feature within the next few weeks but here are a few recent pictures I got from my super talented clients/customers-

This job is still in the works but coming along so beautifully! Decor Market (where we got the cocktail table) featured it on their Instagram:) This will be a wonderful before and after and I will share with you when the pillows and final accessories are in place-

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Another great project is this beautiful tranquil bedroom, we are working on pillows and small accessories now….

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You will not get over the before when you see this incredible bathroom, going to feature this on an upcoming post, here is  a teaser:)

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And loving this arrangement a talented customer made-

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What a thrill to see the first round of Provence planters put to beautiful use….amazing!

I have 5 left that are up for grabs for non payment- contact me at theenchantedhome@gmail.com if interested

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6 AMAZING PUMPKINS! I love Amy from Maison Decor, she is so talented and I really love and admire not only her talent but her gumption to roll up her sleeves and get things done.

I have had the fortune to meet Amy in Boston when she had her wonderful shop, and can attest that this woman can do anything hence my nickname for her – Amazing Amy. Loving this pumpkins she did, she makes it look easy but I know they are not:) Nice job Amy!! Click here to read the post plus a how to-

 

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7. SUNDAY’S SURVEY. On the subject of media,  there is a lot of talk lately about the media being rigged and bias. I have my own definite feelings about the media and of course there are a few factors that would potentially affect how one looks at it. What media you are listening to- there are those diehard right wing and left wing media outlets and they are both masters at selling one story or another with a very specific angle.

And of course how you look at the media largely depends upon your personal views and how much what they say shapes what you feel. It is interesting and never,  especially with social media has media as a whole infiltrated our lives as they do now. On one hand I love the immediate access to breaking news all around the world, on the other I think it’s gone too far and often crossed lines.

I also have seen a HUGE shift in how anchors personalize the very stories they report on. It’s not difficult to see where they stand and that bothers me. I want balanced, fair objective news not a personal narrative….they need to get off their soapbox!! BBC is one that I have found so far to be the most balanced.

So as I always love to hear your take, its your turn to weight on the media in our lives-


 

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And that friends is a wrap! Hope you enjoyed the post, anything excite or resonate with you? It is coooold here today, a great excuse to bring out my favorite cashmere sweaters and cozy jackets,  bring on the boots! Wishing you a wonderful and relaxing Sunday. Today for me, it is all about total relaxation and doing exactly what I please:) Until next time…..

besttina

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The Enchanted Home Fall Love Contest- Round 1

***So sorry about the poll glitch this morning, it’s fixed and the poll is up and running***

Good morning friends! It’s a rainy dreary cool weekend but I am just so happy it’s Saturday. I have working around the clock this week and will be at the warehouse this morning for a few hours overseeing the start of sending out the ornaments…yes, they came in!

And let me tell you they are “beyond” in person…so much more beautiful and large, each like a little jewel. I flipped out over them and cannot wait to start decorating a tree! I look forward to a day of rest tomorrow. But for now, we have a contest to start-

Really excited for the Fall Love contest,  and got so many wonderful pictures…..it surely validates why fall is my most favorite season. I took a max of 70 pictures so there are two rounds of 35.

Today will be the voting for round 1 and round 2 will take place Monday.  Finally on Tuesday we will have the showdown round and on Wed, I will announce a winner. I want to thank all who sent in their beautiful pictures showing me what fall means to them, you sure do this season justice!

It’s not too soon to start taking pictures to enter the Holiday Love Contest which will happen around Dec. 15th (will start taking pictures in Nov). So with further ado, here we go with round one of my Fall Love  Contest (get those pencils and paper ready)!

 

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Wow, so many wonderful pictures…all that embody all the goodness and majesty of fall. Again thanks to all who participated, now time to choose your absolute two favorites!


You can choose TWO favorites (voting is only once per day)

Please check back on Monday for round 2! Don’t forget today is the last day to enter your name in the hat for the pair of pagodas, click here to enter.  Until next time….

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Bluff Diaries Chapter 8

Good morning friends.  Hope you are having a good week, here it’s been very busy with lots of changes on the warehouse/office/new website front. Coming up for air.  But all good things…so no complaining but today is a nice deviation from that- Palmetto Bluff!

I waited a long time to tell you that we have officially signed with the builder as of about 3 weeks ago and it’s full steam ahead now. When I started this post we were due to get our permits on or around  Oct. 10th and break ground right after that, then Hurricane Matthew came along and derailed the plans a bit.

I was also supposed to be there this past Monday for the week with friends, but with the hurricane and clean up going on,  postponed my trip.  So…….we are hoping to get the permits in the next few days and hope to break ground this week or next and we are very excited.  Check out these pictures my friend who lives there sent me, (thanks for sending J)!

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Now that the hurricane is thankfully a thing of the past and to Palmetto Bluff’s credit they have cleaned it up,  by all reports really expeditiously. We are however already talking things like plumbing, floor outlets and custom cabinetry.  As we are really hoping to get this done as expeditiously as possible, we want everything ordered and decided upon well ahead of schedule. So we are already starting with the kitchen design which is very exciting.

The kitchen is  smaller than my current one but it’s an open layout and a nice size and I have decided I am going to do it light and airy. I am thinking a variation of a white cabinet with white marble countertops. This was my idea from the getgo and I haven’t wavered much since.

This will not be my last kitchen post but I do think this accurately sums up what I am hoping to achieve. So as my ideas start to crystallize this post is full of ideas that I am pretty much sold on.

Ready to see my latest ideas on the kitchen? Let’s get started-

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This is a great visual- So we had seen a house being built in PB  when we first started looking and immediately said “this is exactly what we want” (great layout). We then started working with that architect and we worked based off of that plan but tweaked it to our specification.

My husband was there not long ago and had a lot of fun getting to see the house almost done. It is not done necessarily in our taste but seeing the kitchen and how it’s part of one big great room in these pictures really will help you visualize as you begin to share this process with me.

 

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There will be a window on each wall, reconfiguring the way the cabinets look on either side of that range hood, not a fan of how it looks now

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This wall above (right of kitchen) I took the upper bay of cabinets and put a window in. I am giving up cabinet space but want it flooded with light and do not like the window above the cabinets…so it will be a big window with lower cabinets and fridge/freezer on either side as above

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Here is the front door (looking from great room)

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Moving along…..I went to a local plumbing business that I have done a lot of business with and was floored at how many wonderful choices there are basically with everything!

I had to look for tubs that would fit in our parameters and found two that worked great as when they pour the foundation within a week or so we need to specify where the plumbing will go-

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Simply amazed at what they are doing with tile that looks like real marble above, incredible!

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Love this thick marble countertop above, then I remind myself we will be on a budget:)

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Always drawn to polished nickel, it’s so classic

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I have  lots of inspiration pictures in my various online photo albums but there are certain kitchens I keep going back to. I know I want this to be really light and airy…probably white or a creamy white and definitely white marble.

I go back and forth between polished nickel and brass. I am really loving brass lately and it does give a certain pop and dresses things up a bit but probably will go the polished nickel route. Really torn on that one.

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This picture above and below is a good representation of what I see, definitely want to do eclipse doors!

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Some of the elements I love and am drawn to-

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LOVE these metal hoods and hope we can work it into the budget

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Already sold on white marble, there is no second choice:)

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If the metal hood will not work, then it will be a lovely wood range hood-

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But then I see this incredible sink and suddenly want to banish the word “budget” from my vocabulary!! Gorgeous!

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Love what is referred to as eclipse doors-

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I see upper cabinets on either side of range hood with these doors (love both variations)

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Pretty very pale blue island above

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Love this Ilve range but it will most likely not be within the budget so will look at other options but sure love this look:)

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And then I spotted this beauty from Viking, beautiful! My very first “adult” stove was  a Viking and I was really happy with it, I know they went through some changes in their company but hopefully are back on track, will be considering this-

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So much to love here….but I do feel the elements are coming together, enough so that I would be able to make some decisions. We have two kitchen people working on plans/quotes and we hope to get the kitchen ordered by Jan.1st.  We are simultaneously working on bathroom vanities/cabinets so that will be what I will talk about next.

The kitchen (to me) is my most important room and because it is open I want it to make a statement. That is probably the one room where I am least likely to make concessions, but am also willing to think outside the box and keep an open mind as we get started with this process.

Thanks for stopping in , wishing you a fabulous day.  Here it’s been really mild lately but supposed to turn cold again. The foliage is really starting to explode now, favorite time of year! Until next time…..

PS Yesterday was the last day for the presale ornaments, if you submitted an order but did not get an invoice/response, let us know today. We caught up last night but if anyone fell between the cracks, just let us know:)

PPS All The Enchanted Home SILVER (first 11 rows of silver) is an extra 20% until tomorrow! Use code SILVER2016  to get discount, click here to view.

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Which would you choose and a Last Call giveaway!

Hi friends, hope you are doing well and that your week is off to a great start! Super busy here setting up the new office/warehouse space…..it’s going to be good and is much needed. Yesterday the final ornaments presale began, ends tomorrow…….we are behind but if you inquired you will hear from us today.

We have had  some true fall weather  lately and I must say I am loving every minute. I love dressing for the colder months and have pretty much stayed true to what I love…mostly classics. I live in neutrals and rarely venture out of black,gray, camel and oatmeal hues.

Today’s post is all about everyday basics that are classic and wills and the test of time….with a twist. The twist is that every item is significantly discounted from one of my favorite go to sources, Neiman Marcus’s Last Call.

It is like a treasure hunt, many things there are only a few of….but boy, when you find the right item in your size, suffice to say you have scored! Plus today there is an extra discount of 40% off one item!! Use code Oct40.

So now it’s your turn, if the clothing fairy paid a visit to your closet which two everyday classics would you most like to add to your wardrobe?

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CHOICE 1. Isn’t this beautiful neutral daytime jacket from Belstaff stylish! I love everything about it from the cut to the styling, very chic. Click here

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CHOICE 2 Own this wonderful sweater/coat and love it…very soft, warm and cozy! Comes in a few great colors, lowest price I have seen yet. Click here

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CHOICE 3. I wear scarves almost on a daily basis in the colder months and this cashmere plaid scarf would be a great every day neutral, priced right too! Click here

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CHOICE 4. Have these Stuart Weitzman slip on’s that are actually very comfortable  from a few years ago in brown, but must say the navy is very tempting! Click here

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 CHOICE 5. I take my pjs very seriously…..they must be cotton. These crisp white Oscar de la Renta pj’s is en route to me as we speak:) Click here

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CHOICE 6. How chic is this gorgeous little St. John sweater jacket? Very pretty!! Click here

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CHOICE 7. This is so me, love winter white and this beauty could be paired with jeans or cream slacks, love it! Amazing deal too:) Click here

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CHOICE 8. Could not believe I found a pair of James Perse cords for under $50!!! They run a little small, I had to go up one size, love this color. Click here

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CHOICE 9. Have a thing for blouses with bows and this classic beauty could fit very nicely into my wardrobe, click here

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CHOICE 10.  Huge fan of boots from Aquaitalia….they are beautiful, well made and waterproof, these quilted beauties are gorgeous!  Click here

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CHOICE 11. I cannot get over this gorgeous cashmere double faced cardigan for $139! Click herelctd13k_mz

CHOICE 12. This is my favorite style of a coat, more of a car coat, a shorter lenght, tailored and I do love  stand up collar, very smart looking and one that will stand the test of time, almost 60%  makes this a steal. Click here

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CHOICE 13. These are the kinds of sweaters I live in all winter long, this paneled beauty is a classic, click here

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CHOICE 14. All my favorite colors in one stunning cashmere sweater/coat, this is classic elegance at its best, more than half off! Click here

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CHOICE 15. Always like a peplum and this gorgeous gray cashmere sweater called my name! Click here

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CHOICE 16. Own these very riding boots by Frye and they are among my most favorite boots ever, soft leather, great styling……as stylish with pants as they are a sweater dress or skirt, and on sale! Click here

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CHOICE 17. You know I am a fan of these and how they fit…this pair of dark denim has a narrow leg, which  makes them perfect for boot wearing, great price! Click here

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CHOICE 18. A definite fan of wraps/ shawls, that can easily take the place of a cumbersome jacket, this one is so pretty and priced right:) Click here

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CHOICE 19. My friends call me the cardigan queen, have them literally in every color and style, this St. John beauty is an amazing value and so elegant,, this St. John beauty is an amazing value and so elegant, click here

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CHOICE 20. Own this and LOVE it, plus how can you resist being able to get one at 40% off. Someone is getting one for Christmas……click here

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Well I don’t know about you but this entire post puts me in the mood to go and reassess my fall wardrobe! Every single thing on this page is something I would wear, buy or might even already own. Funny I realized without even trying, that everything I chose here is in the beige, black, gray or camel family….guess I am really predictable and consistent in what I like.

Classics in neutrals really do stand the test of time. I have things in my closet I hare literally owned  10, 15 years and still love and wear them (those that fit lol).


THE GIVEAWAY-

One lucky winner is going to win this fabulous cashmere plaid scarf. Simply go to Last Call by clicking here, take a look around and come back here to tell me your favorite item. Leaving a comment on THIS POST will put you in the running. A winner to be announced Sunday morning.

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Thanks for stopping in, wishing you a wonderful day! Until next time……

besttina

PS Ornaments and a handful of Provence planters promo started yesterday (ends tomorrow). Click here to view

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