Architect Spotlight: J. Wilson Fuqua and Associates

Every now and then I stumble across a designer or architect who just speaks to me and the work of the architectural/design firm of J Wilson Fuqua and Associates? spoke to me loud and clear! I was practically drooling over my keyboard as I looked further into their impressive body of work. It absolutely warranted a post and sharing with my readers.? There will be many pictures here where you will say “I can see why she loves it”. Very much my taste. Classical, traditional, timeless and ever so elegant.

The beautiful work of Dallas based? J. Wilson Fuqua and Associates is headed by architect Wilson Fuqua who works with six associates,? who clearly have perfected the art of classical architecture, specializing in both new construction as well as tasteful renovations. The interiors are beautifully married to their uber elegant exteriors and I promise my dear readers, you are in for a royal treat. So enough of my jabbering, time to share the beauty. Get those pinning fingers ready, they are going to have the workout of a lifetime today:) Let’s get busy….

Still breathing? Pretty spectacular don’t you think? LOVE their aesthetic. If you want to see more click here to visit their website. I so enjoyed putting this post together….and hope you enjoyed seeing it. Thanks as always for stopping in and wishing you a wonderful day!

Don’t forget my “Fall fabulous” photo contest? is on as of yesterday. Send me your pictures of fall inspiration to theenchantedhome@gmail. com. Click here to see all the details, join in the fun!

And a reminder of my “Fabulous fall” picture contest, that is now on….be sure to send me your pictures!? I got in about 15 amazing pictures so far! Details below…..

“FALL FABULOUS” CONTEST DETAILS…..


From today until Oct. 2nd I am accepting pictures that represent what fall is to you.? It can be anything from how decorate your urns, to your front door, pictures of your kids or pets all decked out for fall, your favorite fall meal or decadent treat, a favorite fall outfit, a beautiful shot of foliage…whatever makes you happy about fall and what you think of when you hear “fall fabulous”.

I will then put all the pictures together and set up voting to take place over a certain number of days. I will then compile all the votes and announce a winner. I am going to be brainstorming for a fabulous prize, but assure you….it will be worth your while!

So don’t delay, get inspired and send in your pictures, I know how talented and inspiring you all are! Max. 2 pictures per entrant….pictures? can be emailed to? theenchantedhome@gmail.com. I can’t wait to get this off the ground!! PLEASE PUT FALL FABULOUS in the subject line. All pictures must be your own. Thanks for entering in advance 🙂

Architect Spotlight: J. Wilson Fuqua and Associates

Every now and then I stumble across a designer or architect who just speaks to me and the work of the architectural/design firm of J Wilson Fuqua and Associates  spoke to me loud and clear! I was practically drooling over my keyboard as I looked further into their impressive body of work. It absolutely warranted a post and sharing with my readers.  There will be many pictures here where you will say “I can see why she loves it”. Very much my taste. Classical, traditional, timeless and ever so elegant.

The beautiful work of Dallas based  J. Wilson Fuqua and Associates is headed by architect Wilson Fuqua who works with six associates,  who clearly have perfected the art of classical architecture, specializing in both new construction as well as tasteful renovations. The interiors are beautifully married to their uber elegant exteriors and I promise my dear readers, you are in for a royal treat. So enough of my jabbering, time to share the beauty. Get those pinning fingers ready, they are going to have the workout of a lifetime today:) Let’s get busy….

Still breathing? Pretty spectacular don’t you think? LOVE their aesthetic. If you want to see more click here to visit their website. I so enjoyed putting this post together….and hope you enjoyed seeing it. Thanks as always for stopping in and wishing you a wonderful day!

Don’t forget my “Fall fabulous” photo contest  is on as of yesterday. Send me your pictures of fall inspiration to theenchantedhome@gmail. com. Click here to see all the details, join in the fun!

And a reminder of my “Fabulous fall” picture contest, that is now on….be sure to send me your pictures!  I got in about 15 amazing pictures so far! Details below…..

“FALL FABULOUS” CONTEST DETAILS…..

From today until Oct. 2nd I am accepting pictures that represent what fall is to you.  It can be anything from how decorate your urns, to your front door, pictures of your kids or pets all decked out for fall, your favorite fall meal or decadent treat, a favorite fall outfit, a beautiful shot of foliage…whatever makes you happy about fall and what you think of when you hear “fall fabulous”.

I will then put all the pictures together and set up voting to take place over a certain number of days. I will then compile all the votes and announce a winner. I am going to be brainstorming for a fabulous prize, but assure you….it will be worth your while!

So don’t delay, get inspired and send in your pictures, I know how talented and inspiring you all are! Max. 2 pictures per entrant….pictures  can be emailed to  theenchantedhome@gmail.com. I can’t wait to get this off the ground!! PLEASE PUT FALL FABULOUS in the subject line. All pictures must be your own. Thanks for entering in advance 🙂

Highlights of a short road trip…..

Hi there……As many of you know my much anticipated southern road trip did not happen. Something came up on my sisters end that did not allow us to adhere to the planned out schedule and by the time we could it was too late, the window had narrowed and we didn’t enough time to do all we had set out to do. However, lest you be feeling sorry for me….this is not by an means, a done deal. Oh, we are going to go, that much you can be sure about…when I am not sure, but hopefully sometime in the fall. And maybe all is not lost as many have suggested, the weather will be a lot more pleasant, so…… to be continued!

We decided to go to? Richmond, Williamsburg, Charlottesville and DC again. We covered a lot of territory in just four days I must say!? All places I have been before but that never get old. I so enjoyed taking tours of various beautiful old southern neighborhoods, exploring tons of great shops and antique stores, meeting people along the way and having a bunch of great meals (and a few not so great for good measure lol)! I must say, there really is something to be said for these beautiful places…..wonderful people, a great quality of life, a life a bit less hurried than where I am from (DC is not included in this statement) and I enjoyed this little getaway immensely! So here is a photo recap of what we saw and did…..

Very picture heavy……….. could take some time to go through!

?Beautiful charming Williamsburg……

Fell in love with the monogrammed insignia of William and Mary College!!

?Yes, my blue and white radar was on high alert!!

?Williamsburg is truly picture perfect……

?And then in Richmond…..

Visited the University of Richmond…..

And of course did the obligatory house tours…… (which most certainly did not disappoint)!

Still with me? Let’s keep going…..and in lovely Charlottesville……

Started with breakfast at this old timer diner/breakfast place….

Onto the uber pretty and charming pedestrian mall…..

?The entire area is surrounded by the most beautiful rolling hills……

?These two cute dudes caught my attention……

?A view of the rotunda at UVA never gets old…..

Loved the Williamsburg Signature shop……

?We had lunch at the famous Tobacco Company in Richmond, beautiful building with a lot of history and the food was excellent!! Highly recommend……

And some shopping highlights (of which there were many)……I mean what’s a road trip without shopping! We hit just about every antique shop in Charlottesville and let me tell you there were many wonderful places worth a “revisit”!

?LOVE the Caspari store……

?Thought this fabric would make great breakfast room chairs!

?Bought these for my guest room……

LOVED And George….(my sister said she felt like she was walking into my house when she walked in), great store indeed:)

Another gorgeous antique shop filled with old and new…..

UVA reminders are everywhere……

And a few of the beautiful goodies I came home with……

?These beauties are going in my main powder room, love love love them!

?Always on the prowl for beautiful covered silver dishes, after a good polish, this will be a beauty!

Seriously…how could I NOT buy these? They had my name all over them:)

And there is more but figured this is more than enough for now. Hope you enjoyed coming along with me on my little road trip. It was such fun. I really love those areas and will absolutely be back. If you are one of my readers that happens to live there….all I can say is lucky you!

Thanks so much for stopping in. Wishing you a wonderful Friday and great end to your week……..

Highlights of a short road trip…..

Hi there……As many of you know my much anticipated southern road trip did not happen. Something came up on my sisters end that did not allow us to adhere to the planned out schedule and by the time we could it was too late, the window had narrowed and we didn’t enough time to do all we had set out to do. However, lest you be feeling sorry for me….this is not by an means, a done deal. Oh, we are going to go, that much you can be sure about…when I am not sure, but hopefully sometime in the fall. And maybe all is not lost as many have suggested, the weather will be a lot more pleasant, so…… to be continued!

We decided to go to  Richmond, Williamsburg, Charlottesville and DC again. We covered a lot of territory in just four days I must say!  All places I have been before but that never get old. I so enjoyed taking tours of various beautiful old southern neighborhoods, exploring tons of great shops and antique stores, meeting people along the way and having a bunch of great meals (and a few not so great for good measure lol)! I must say, there really is something to be said for these beautiful places…..wonderful people, a great quality of life, a life a bit less hurried than where I am from (DC is not included in this statement) and I enjoyed this little getaway immensely! So here is a photo recap of what we saw and did…..

Very picture heavy……….. could take some time to go through!

 Beautiful charming Williamsburg……

Fell in love with the monogrammed insignia of William and Mary College!!

 Yes, my blue and white radar was on high alert!!

 Williamsburg is truly picture perfect……

 And then in Richmond…..

Visited the University of Richmond…..

And of course did the obligatory house tours…… (which most certainly did not disappoint)!

Still with me? Let’s keep going…..and in lovely Charlottesville……

Started with breakfast at this old timer diner/breakfast place….

Onto the uber pretty and charming pedestrian mall…..

 The entire area is surrounded by the most beautiful rolling hills……

 These two cute dudes caught my attention……

 A view of the rotunda at UVA never gets old…..

Loved the Williamsburg Signature shop……

 We had lunch at the famous Tobacco Company in Richmond, beautiful building with a lot of history and the food was excellent!! Highly recommend……

And some shopping highlights (of which there were many)……I mean what’s a road trip without shopping! We hit just about every antique shop in Charlottesville and let me tell you there were many wonderful places worth a “revisit”!

 LOVE the Caspari store……

 Thought this fabric would make great breakfast room chairs!

 Bought these for my guest room……

LOVED And George….(my sister said she felt like she was walking into my house when she walked in), great store indeed:)

Another gorgeous antique shop filled with old and new…..

UVA reminders are everywhere……

And a few of the beautiful goodies I came home with……

 These beauties are going in my main powder room, love love love them!

 Always on the prowl for beautiful covered silver dishes, after a good polish, this will be a beauty!

Seriously…how could I NOT buy these? They had my name all over them:)

And there is more but figured this is more than enough for now. Hope you enjoyed coming along with me on my little road trip. It was such fun. I really love those areas and will absolutely be back. If you are one of my readers that happens to live there….all I can say is lucky you!

Thanks so much for stopping in. Wishing you a wonderful Friday and great end to your week……..

Which would you choose?

Good morning! This is a really fun? post. An award winning developer who is based in my neck of the woods, Kean Development is considered to be one of the finest builders around. His work takes him all over the United States, though most of his work is concentrated in NY and CT. He is considered to be a perfectionist and has a penchant for fine details as these pictures will show loud and clear.

A Kean home speaks for itself and are each truly a masterpiece. So today’s Which Would You Choose is imagine this…..you are moving tomorrow, to any locale you want.? Next step is of course, you have to choose one of these homes (included some interior shots). You know what comes next, you choose! Not easy as there is no wrong in this post, and I will be sure to go first……..happy looking!

CHOICE 1

CHOICE 2

CHOICE 3

CHOICE 4

CHOICE 5

CHOICE 6

Pretty spectacular, don’t you think? Not an easy decision. So many beautiful homes, such gorgeous details………curious to see which you will choose. If you want to see more of Keans work (its fun scroll through his exquisite gallery) click here. Thank you as always for stopping in, hope you are having a great week and speak to you tomorrow!

Which would you choose?

Good morning! This is a really fun  post. An award winning developer who is based in my neck of the woods, Kean Development is considered to be one of the finest builders around. His work takes him all over the United States, though most of his work is concentrated in NY and CT. He is considered to be a perfectionist and has a penchant for fine details as these pictures will show loud and clear.

A Kean home speaks for itself and are each truly a masterpiece. So today’s Which Would You Choose is imagine this…..you are moving tomorrow, to any locale you want.  Next step is of course, you have to choose one of these homes (included some interior shots). You know what comes next, you choose! Not easy as there is no wrong in this post, and I will be sure to go first……..happy looking!

CHOICE 1

CHOICE 2

CHOICE 3

CHOICE 4

CHOICE 5

CHOICE 6

Pretty spectacular, don’t you think? Not an easy decision. So many beautiful homes, such gorgeous details………curious to see which you will choose. If you want to see more of Keans work (its fun scroll through his exquisite gallery) click here. Thank you as always for stopping in, hope you are having a great week and speak to you tomorrow!

Want to see my new virtual dream beach house? Come on inside…..

This simply could not wait another hour……I interrupt my normal blog posts to bring you my dream beach house. Virtually I have been? looking for my “dream beach house” and I have at long last found it.? We are a match made in heaven if there ever was one. It has everything I want from being ocean front to having a pool and tennis court, a tennis pavillion…sure why not! Gorgeous interiors, even a touch of blue and white, ocean views for miles…it is absolutely a match made in heaven!!? First time in nearly 40 years this treasure is being offered up for sale…a Hamptons gem to be sure, and its located on swanky Gin Lane to boot!

I nearly fainted when I saw it, it is soooooo goregous. Granted this is hardly your typical “beach shack”, not a weathered gable for miles, no rustic driftwood, no siree…but this is a house that is just a “knock your socks off” kind of house. Oh the parties I could have! Ready to see my virtual new beach house (hey one can dream, best part it’s free)! Here we go, as you scroll, be sure to visualize the sound and image of crashing waves and seagulls flying about…….

What a compound! It has everything and then to be on the sparkling Atlantic…..perfection!

?Love this room….

?Beautiful dining room, love the chandy and sconces!
?I love the feeling of the kitchen and wouldn’t change a thing!

?Stunning bedroom suite….love the soft colors
?See the blue and white? Its calling me!

?This is such a cozy spot….I would hold my afternoon Scrabble and Monopoly game sessions in here….

?This is a view I could certainly get used to waking up to!
Champagne please………
?Another gorgeous elegant room…..

?I will have my coffee and croissants here ever morning, thank you.

?Lovely for afternoon cocktails…….

?This is totally meant to be….this room has my name all over it.
?There it is again…that blue and white beckoning!
?Wow…now that is what I call a tennis pavillion!
?Lovely……
?I just love the feeling of this bath…its old fashioned but so elegant

?Great playroom…..love the neutral tonal look

Well……..what do you think? Amazing or what!! It’s rare for me to see a house where I would virtually change nothing. OK if I am being picky I might swap out the striped cushions on the outdoor furniture for ivory solids and add my blue and white pillows 🙂 But that is it! Now if you just happen to be in the? market for a $45 million dollar beach house in tony Southampton, click here to notify the broker immediately that you want the contracts mailed? pronto but please I ask one favor, instead of paying me my finders fee….just let me have an unlimted “free pass” as a guest to visit anytime I please. Deal?? Hope you enjoyed…..

Back to reality, don’t forget to visit my Mad for monograms post and be sure to leave a comment so you are eligible for the giveaway! Today is the last day, I will announce a winner of the lovely autographed Monogram issues by Victoria. Its a keeper! Wishing you a wonderful Sunday and relaxing end to your week. Click here to visit that post.

Want to see my new virtual dream beach house? Come on inside…..

This simply could not wait another hour……I interrupt my normal blog posts to bring you my dream beach house. Virtually I have been  looking for my “dream beach house” and I have at long last found it.  We are a match made in heaven if there ever was one. It has everything I want from being ocean front to having a pool and tennis court, a tennis pavillion…sure why not! Gorgeous interiors, even a touch of blue and white, ocean views for miles…it is absolutely a match made in heaven!!  First time in nearly 40 years this treasure is being offered up for sale…a Hamptons gem to be sure, and its located on swanky Gin Lane to boot!

I nearly fainted when I saw it, it is soooooo goregous. Granted this is hardly your typical “beach shack”, not a weathered gable for miles, no rustic driftwood, no siree…but this is a house that is just a “knock your socks off” kind of house. Oh the parties I could have! Ready to see my virtual new beach house (hey one can dream, best part it’s free)! Here we go, as you scroll, be sure to visualize the sound and image of crashing waves and seagulls flying about…….

What a compound! It has everything and then to be on the sparkling Atlantic…..perfection!

 Love this room….

 Beautiful dining room, love the chandy and sconces!
 I love the feeling of the kitchen and wouldn’t change a thing!

 Stunning bedroom suite….love the soft colors
 See the blue and white? Its calling me!

 This is such a cozy spot….I would hold my afternoon Scrabble and Monopoly game sessions in here….

 This is a view I could certainly get used to waking up to!
Champagne please………
 Another gorgeous elegant room…..

 I will have my coffee and croissants here ever morning, thank you.

 Lovely for afternoon cocktails…….

 This is totally meant to be….this room has my name all over it.
 There it is again…that blue and white beckoning!
 Wow…now that is what I call a tennis pavillion!
 Lovely……
 I just love the feeling of this bath…its old fashioned but so elegant

 Great playroom…..love the neutral tonal look

Well……..what do you think? Amazing or what!! It’s rare for me to see a house where I would virtually change nothing. OK if I am being picky I might swap out the striped cushions on the outdoor furniture for ivory solids and add my blue and white pillows 🙂 But that is it! Now if you just happen to be in the  market for a $45 million dollar beach house in tony Southampton, click here to notify the broker immediately that you want the contracts mailed  pronto but please I ask one favor, instead of paying me my finders fee….just let me have an unlimted “free pass” as a guest to visit anytime I please. Deal?  Hope you enjoyed…..

Back to reality, don’t forget to visit my Mad for monograms post and be sure to leave a comment so you are eligible for the giveaway! Today is the last day, I will announce a winner of the lovely autographed Monogram issues by Victoria. Its a keeper! Wishing you a wonderful Sunday and relaxing end to your week. Click here to visit that post.

Escape with me to fabulous Paris part II

Ok, this is getting downright ridiculous. Woke up to another 15 inches of snow..its unbelievable. I had to enclose some pictures because seeing is believing. Feel like we are drowning in the white stuff! Still very much on my high from my wonderful trip…what an inspirational city! In keeping that French feeling alive, I decided to spend the day making something I have not made in many years, Beef Bourguignon. This is a fabulous recipe I have had for years and was passed onto me by a family member, then while in Paris I obtained another recipe, which was quite similar so I combined the two and the result was pure magic! I cannot tell you how this was literally devoured by my entire family, throw in a few loaves of crusty french bread and a nice bottle of wine…and you are in for a real treat!


So I have included the recipe below the pictures. Anyway as promised, more visual stimulation from the fabulous city of Paris. Today’s pictures are various shots I took of the architectural wonders that seem to grace every city block as well as some of the incredible antiques we came across while drooling in the antique district! Let me know if you have a favorite. No matter how many times you go to Paris, I can’t imagine that you ever tire of seeing all the splendor that makes this city truly the most beautiful in the world!



?? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? The famous sign outside Bistro Lipp



?? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?A gorgeous cathedral


?? ? ? ? ? ? ?One of the corner buildings at the Louvre along the Seine

Love the black that is used in abundance in French decor
You can only imagine how wonderful this smelled!

Took lots of “cartouche” pictures since we are fine tuning the design for our own homes cartouche detailing over the front window

Stunning ceiling medallion…love the scalloping

Now this is what I call molding!

A quaint lovely little French bistro

At every turn, something delicious was calling my name……

All these are chocolates..even the purse!

This is what I would call a mouth watering window display

A typical Parisian street

Love the narrow alleys

A pretty corner at every turn

Love both the cartouche and the railing…got all kinds of inspiration

Different view same window

The limestone detailing on every building is so spectacular

One magnificent?corner of the Louvre

A corner building at the Louvre

Having lunch at popular Angelines

A beautiful bakery/patisserie

Oooh, those look good!

The infamous Eiffel tower against a cloudy gray sky looks so majestic

In the Jardin des Tulleries in the winter…still beautiful

Walking along the Seine admiring the view

The beautiful apartment buildings along the Seine river

The magnificent Musee d’ Orsay?

Love the symmetry in French architecture

Another?gorgeous cartouche

One of the antique mantles we are considering…..love the marble

A 80 year old antique mantle that we are hoping will fit for our dining room

Another view of the same mantle

So many beautiful sconces everywhere I looked, this one plated in 22kt gold

Even the pedestrian bridges are spectacular!

Every entry to every building is breathtaking

The level of detail astounds me every time

Hey, I know now where my architect got his “divine inspiration” for the cupola

Building at the Lourve

The stunning Musee D’ Orsay on a drizzly afternoon

The courtyard in front of the Lourve?

Typical cute little bistro

Another pretty corner….

Another bistro….

Fell in love with this spectacular window and the limestone that adorns it

Is this stunning or what? I am obsessed…..

Loooove the color of this door!

The macaroons oh the macaroons….

They look like little jewels…

Such pretty displays

Got some of these lovely toiletry products for my mom!

The famous Bistro Lipp

And then back to New York and the snow….makes my patio table look like a wedding cake!
Mother Nature’s latest “gift” (at least I am trying to stay positive)

It is majestic looking- have to admit!

Stunning!

Teddy doesn’t know what to make of it

Its a heavy snow so it hugs each and every branch

Should I stay or should I go (in case you are curious he opted to come back into the warmth of the house)
Hope you enjoyed this visual vacation to Paris..it was such a treat, coming home was a bit of a letdown, but as my husband likes to remind me “that’s why they call it a vacation”. So until next time, I have these wonderful pictures to reflect back on. Here is the recipe for the Beef Bourguignon which I promise you is worth the cooking time…you will absolutely love it, I promise!


BEEF BOURGUIGNON

  • About 3-4 tablespoons light virgin olive oil
  • 8 ounces bacon, chopped (1/2 a package)
  • 2 teaspoons garlic cloves, large chopped pieces (not too fine)
  • 1/2 cup?Cognac
  • 1 bottle of good full bodied ?red wine (ideally?like Beaujolais, Cabernet or Burgundy)
  • ?2 cups beef?broth?(I used Emerils box of beef stock which is a 32 oz box)
  • 1-2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2-2 1/2 pounds??beef cut into 1-inch cubes
  • Sea salt to taste
  • Fresh pepper
  • 1 pound carrots, cut to 1 inch (don’t use baby carrots, they are too soft)
  • 2 med.onions- thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh?thyme?leaves (1/2 teaspoon dried) I used a bit more than the recipe called for
  • 4 tablespoons butter at room temperature, melted
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 pound fresh mushrooms (cut off stems and discard)
If you have a nice heavy dutch oven, that is preferable otherwise a good stock pot is fine. I used my Le Cruset “weighs a ton” pot but it was perfect for this dish plus its French! ?Heat the olive oil and add the bacon, cook on medium until fairly crispy. Remove and drain bacon. Add cubed beef (after they have been rinsed, patted dry and sprinkled with sea salt and pepper) ?one layer at a time and sear the meat, this will take about 4-5 minutes, make sure its seared on all sides. Set aside with the bacon.?


Next, you will add carrots, onions, and either potatoes or turnips if you are using them along with salt and pepper to the fat in the pot and cook for about 15 minutes or until soft and onions are lightly browned. Then add garlic and cook for another minute or two. Next add Cognac…you then should take a match and light it right in the pot…STAND BACK while you do this and stare in awe at your budding creation! (This process burns off the alcohol)?


Next add the meat and bacon into the pot with the juices already in. Add the bottle of wine and beef broth, this mixture should pretty much cover the meat. Next add tomato paste and thyme. Simmer and then cover…at this point you can either cook it on the stove or transfer to a preheated oven (300 degrees) I cooked mine on the stove.?


After about an hour and a half, the meat will be fork tender. On the side, take 2 tbsp of butter and melt then mix with flour and add to stew. In a small saut? pan, melt additional 2 tbsp of butter and saut? mushrooms for about 5-10 minutes or until soft. Add to stew, bring to a brief boil and then simmer and cook for an additional 30 minutes. Season to taste. At the end, I add a few additional stalks of fresh thyme…get that baguette and wine ready and you are in for a divine treat!
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  • And a few picture highlights from my little cooking adventure yesterday……


?BON APPETIT!







Escape with me to fabulous Paris part II

Ok, this is getting downright ridiculous. Woke up to another 15 inches of snow..its unbelievable. I had to enclose some pictures because seeing is believing. Feel like we are drowning in the white stuff! Still very much on my high from my wonderful trip…what an inspirational city! In keeping that French feeling alive, I decided to spend the day making something I have not made in many years, Beef Bourguignon. This is a fabulous recipe I have had for years and was passed onto me by a family member, then while in Paris I obtained another recipe, which was quite similar so I combined the two and the result was pure magic! I cannot tell you how this was literally devoured by my entire family, throw in a few loaves of crusty french bread and a nice bottle of wine…and you are in for a real treat!


So I have included the recipe below the pictures. Anyway as promised, more visual stimulation from the fabulous city of Paris. Today’s pictures are various shots I took of the architectural wonders that seem to grace every city block as well as some of the incredible antiques we came across while drooling in the antique district! Let me know if you have a favorite. No matter how many times you go to Paris, I can’t imagine that you ever tire of seeing all the splendor that makes this city truly the most beautiful in the world!



                                         The famous sign outside Bistro Lipp



                                        A gorgeous cathedral


              One of the corner buildings at the Louvre along the Seine

Love the black that is used in abundance in French decor
You can only imagine how wonderful this smelled!

Took lots of “cartouche” pictures since we are fine tuning the design for our own homes cartouche detailing over the front window

Stunning ceiling medallion…love the scalloping

Now this is what I call molding!

A quaint lovely little French bistro

At every turn, something delicious was calling my name……

All these are chocolates..even the purse!

This is what I would call a mouth watering window display

A typical Parisian street

Love the narrow alleys

A pretty corner at every turn

Love both the cartouche and the railing…got all kinds of inspiration

Different view same window

The limestone detailing on every building is so spectacular

One magnificent corner of the Louvre

A corner building at the Louvre

Having lunch at popular Angelines

A beautiful bakery/patisserie

Oooh, those look good!

The infamous Eiffel tower against a cloudy gray sky looks so majestic

In the Jardin des Tulleries in the winter…still beautiful

Walking along the Seine admiring the view

The beautiful apartment buildings along the Seine river

The magnificent Musee d’ Orsay 

Love the symmetry in French architecture

Another gorgeous cartouche

One of the antique mantles we are considering…..love the marble

A 80 year old antique mantle that we are hoping will fit for our dining room

Another view of the same mantle

So many beautiful sconces everywhere I looked, this one plated in 22kt gold

Even the pedestrian bridges are spectacular!

Every entry to every building is breathtaking

The level of detail astounds me every time

Hey, I know now where my architect got his “divine inspiration” for the cupola

Building at the Lourve

The stunning Musee D’ Orsay on a drizzly afternoon

The courtyard in front of the Lourve 

Typical cute little bistro

Another pretty corner….

Another bistro….

Fell in love with this spectacular window and the limestone that adorns it

Is this stunning or what? I am obsessed…..

Loooove the color of this door!

The macaroons oh the macaroons….

They look like little jewels…

Such pretty displays

Got some of these lovely toiletry products for my mom!

The famous Bistro Lipp

And then back to New York and the snow….makes my patio table look like a wedding cake!
Mother Nature’s latest “gift” (at least I am trying to stay positive)

It is majestic looking- have to admit!

Stunning!

Teddy doesn’t know what to make of it

Its a heavy snow so it hugs each and every branch

Should I stay or should I go (in case you are curious he opted to come back into the warmth of the house)
Hope you enjoyed this visual vacation to Paris..it was such a treat, coming home was a bit of a letdown, but as my husband likes to remind me “that’s why they call it a vacation”. So until next time, I have these wonderful pictures to reflect back on. Here is the recipe for the Beef Bourguignon which I promise you is worth the cooking time…you will absolutely love it, I promise!


BEEF BOURGUIGNON

  • About 3-4 tablespoons light virgin olive oil
  • 8 ounces bacon, chopped (1/2 a package)
  • 2 teaspoons garlic cloves, large chopped pieces (not too fine)
  • 1/2 cup Cognac
  • 1 bottle of good full bodied  red wine (ideally like Beaujolais, Cabernet or Burgundy)
  •  2 cups beef broth (I used Emerils box of beef stock which is a 32 oz box)
  • 1-2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2-2 1/2 pounds  beef cut into 1-inch cubes
  • Sea salt to taste
  • Fresh pepper
  • 1 pound carrots, cut to 1 inch (don’t use baby carrots, they are too soft)
  • 2 med.onions- thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves (1/2 teaspoon dried) I used a bit more than the recipe called for
  • 4 tablespoons butter at room temperature, melted
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 pound fresh mushrooms (cut off stems and discard)
If you have a nice heavy dutch oven, that is preferable otherwise a good stock pot is fine. I used my Le Cruset “weighs a ton” pot but it was perfect for this dish plus its French!  Heat the olive oil and add the bacon, cook on medium until fairly crispy. Remove and drain bacon. Add cubed beef (after they have been rinsed, patted dry and sprinkled with sea salt and pepper)  one layer at a time and sear the meat, this will take about 4-5 minutes, make sure its seared on all sides. Set aside with the bacon. 


Next, you will add carrots, onions, and either potatoes or turnips if you are using them along with salt and pepper to the fat in the pot and cook for about 15 minutes or until soft and onions are lightly browned. Then add garlic and cook for another minute or two. Next add Cognac…you then should take a match and light it right in the pot…STAND BACK while you do this and stare in awe at your budding creation! (This process burns off the alcohol) 


Next add the meat and bacon into the pot with the juices already in. Add the bottle of wine and beef broth, this mixture should pretty much cover the meat. Next add tomato paste and thyme. Simmer and then cover…at this point you can either cook it on the stove or transfer to a preheated oven (300 degrees) I cooked mine on the stove. 


After about an hour and a half, the meat will be fork tender. On the side, take 2 tbsp of butter and melt then mix with flour and add to stew. In a small saut? pan, melt additional 2 tbsp of butter and saut? mushrooms for about 5-10 minutes or until soft. Add to stew, bring to a brief boil and then simmer and cook for an additional 30 minutes. Season to taste. At the end, I add a few additional stalks of fresh thyme…get that baguette and wine ready and you are in for a divine treat!
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  • And a few picture highlights from my little cooking adventure yesterday……


 BON APPETIT!