A few recent house updates…..

Hi there and happy Tuesday evening….taking a much needed coffee break, just came in from being out.? We are in a deep freeze. It is almost too cold to go out. It takes every ounce of energy and perseverance for me to venture outside….yes, it’s that cold. Hoping for an early thaw….please!!

I realize I haven’t done any updates on my home in quite a while. But don’t let the quiet fool you:) I have been quite busy behind the scenes. The single most exciting thing of all is my bedroom. I am beyond excited over how its coming out. I want to give the full reveal when it is totally done but did include a few “sneak peeks”. Also small things here and there going, on and thought it warranted a small house updates post.

Other big news (I say it tongue in check) is that I joined Instagram! Woo hoo. Alert the presses. Now my friends can finally stop? making fun of me. True, I am still rather clueless as to how it all works or what the point even is but I am trying hard to think outside the box in 2014 and vowed to try a bunch of new things this year. So if you have any remote desire whatsoever to see whats on my Instagram, you can find me under you guessed it…..theenchantedhome (all one word) . I am not going to promise that it’s going to be that exciting as I have NO idea what I am doing, but I do promise to do my best:) I am staring sloooooow so bear with me please.

These were all taken with my iPhone so pardon the quality on a few…..camera was out of commission

So come on in……..

A few snippets of my bedroom. It is shaping up and shaping up fast but I want to wait until every last little item is in place. So far however my vision of what? a bedroom should be has come to life. I absolutely love it….

Loving my new slipper chairs….and remember this fabric? Well turns out it was the perfect choice!

I am not done with this arrangement but it’s getting there!
And of course my most favorite lamps in the world!!
And the trim I hemmed and hawed over….well it finally got here!

FINALLY getting this small powder room off of the library done! I got the floors finished, the toilet is in, this is an old chest we are using for the vanity, just waiting for the new countertop. I found these wonderful sconces and brackets at a local consignment shop and using this wallpaper that I have had set aside since before we even moved in! I still love it so its been ordered!!

?Love the floor! It’s a mess though, don’t ask what a painting is doing in the floor there, it’s become a bit of a storage closet:)

?The chest that will be the vanity, its not my all time fave but we own it so we are using it. Just waiting on the countertop (matches the floor)

?Do love these black tole chinoiserie sconces I found and will be using in here……
?The gorgeous wallpaper, still love it after all these years! Put your hands over that green countertop and you will get the idea:)

?I think the floor is really pretty…its honey onyx, that I had cut into 2 x12’s and did as a chevron/herringbone pattern

I was tired of seeing the red poinsettias tress on my island. It was perfect for Christmas and at the rate I was going, I guess I could have left them up for Valentines Day since they are red:) But I wanted to feel some spring so added my pink cherry blossoms to these new blue and whites and I must say I love it. It feels so wonderful walking into my kitchen and totally belies the fact that there is ice crusted snow everywhere outside…oh well once can dream:)

And speaking of the kitchen, I love the way the bright yellows of lemons and green of limes looks in blue and white…its uplifting given the dark gloomy days of winter we are having!

And since we are in my kitchen, how gorgeous is this copper pot my sister gave me for my birthday? She does know me well……

Bought this beautiful pair of black tole lanterns to put in two small hallway vestibules upstairs. I like the simplicity and shape.

And added this belljar to a small vestibule between my bedroom and closet. You? know I looooove my belljars:)

I have been finding the prettiest antique decanters lately. Look at these, they are antique Baccarat with the sterling liquor? name plates…gorgeous!

We have been starting to look at flooring for our basement. I am amazed at what they are doing with tiles! We want a maintenance free tile that looks like wood. I am leaning towards those ashy colored light to med. woods..they are so soothing and pretty. Amazing!

?It is so hard to believe these are porcelain tiles and not wood!

Now that the holidays are over, I am going back to the drawing board on a number of projects, with the bedroom and my dining room being two of the most important. Still tweaking but getting closer every day to the final background color of the gorgeous chinoiserie which I know will transform the space…..

And have had these really large chunky white ginger jars for a while (was going to carry them) but they are so darn big and heavy. So instead of sitting in storage I took them out and put them on the pale green French console in the upstairs hallway and I love the way they look, so fresh and crisp! I am going to add something to the center, just not sure what. I will probably refer back to my post from yesterday on accentuating with accessories!

Put in this gorgeous new lantern finally in our back stair hall…really pretty piece!

I think I have finally figured out the secret to keeping orchids alive well and super long lasting. Cool, cool cool rooms. This one is in one of the coolest areas of our house and this thing looks as beautiful as it did the day I got it over two months ago….still going strong! Very little water also (maybe once every 10 days)

Yes my Christmas tree FINALLY got taken down 3 days ago, my big soldiers are next in line:)

Another one still going strong that I now moved to a cooler spot

Just starting to get my orders in for the Annabell Ingall totes so if you are one of the ones waiting…..things are starting to ship out this week. Every time I see a new color/variation, I want one (it’s a bit of a problem).? I mean how many bags does a girl need? Nevermind, you don’t have to answer that:)? They are all so gorgeous….

?Sky and Cherry totes (med and large)

???????????????????????????????????? This is a great neutral,new color String in the new style, Coco

A few important things……

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway for this magnificent bowl courtesy of Bonny Neiman! Click here for details. I will announce a lucky winner on Friday morning.

Also accepting pictures of your kitchens for about another week for my KITCHEN LOVE contest! If you think your kitchen has what it takes and is “contest ready”…….send it in! Details below….

My new contest is called Kitchen Love. A subject near and dear to our hearts, the heart of the home. Send in your pictures of your kitchen or it can be a snippet of your kitchen, something that makes your kitchen special and beautifully yours. I cannot wait to start getting the entries! Rules are-

Max. two pictures per entrant
They must be your pictures (not taken off the internet)
Please send your pictures to theenchantedhome@gmail.com
You must put Kitchen Love in subject line to insure it is received and included
I am accepting pictures as of today and the deadline is Feb. 8th
The contest will begin Feb. 10th and run for two days.
The lucky winner will receive a beautiful large Spanish olive tray, a gorgeous addition to any kitchen.
Thank you for stopping in. Hope all is well with you….talk to you soon! Stay warm:)

A few recent house updates…..

Hi there and happy Tuesday evening….taking a much needed coffee break, just came in from being out.  We are in a deep freeze. It is almost too cold to go out. It takes every ounce of energy and perseverance for me to venture outside….yes, it’s that cold. Hoping for an early thaw….please!!

I realize I haven’t done any updates on my home in quite a while. But don’t let the quiet fool you:) I have been quite busy behind the scenes. The single most exciting thing of all is my bedroom. I am beyond excited over how its coming out. I want to give the full reveal when it is totally done but did include a few “sneak peeks”. Also small things here and there going, on and thought it warranted a small house updates post.

Other big news (I say it tongue in check) is that I joined Instagram! Woo hoo. Alert the presses. Now my friends can finally stop  making fun of me. True, I am still rather clueless as to how it all works or what the point even is but I am trying hard to think outside the box in 2014 and vowed to try a bunch of new things this year. So if you have any remote desire whatsoever to see whats on my Instagram, you can find me under you guessed it…..theenchantedhome (all one word) . I am not going to promise that it’s going to be that exciting as I have NO idea what I am doing, but I do promise to do my best:) I am staring sloooooow so bear with me please.

These were all taken with my iPhone so pardon the quality on a few…..camera was out of commission

So come on in……..

A few snippets of my bedroom. It is shaping up and shaping up fast but I want to wait until every last little item is in place. So far however my vision of what  a bedroom should be has come to life. I absolutely love it….

Loving my new slipper chairs….and remember this fabric? Well turns out it was the perfect choice!

I am not done with this arrangement but it’s getting there!
And of course my most favorite lamps in the world!!
And the trim I hemmed and hawed over….well it finally got here!

FINALLY getting this small powder room off of the library done! I got the floors finished, the toilet is in, this is an old chest we are using for the vanity, just waiting for the new countertop. I found these wonderful sconces and brackets at a local consignment shop and using this wallpaper that I have had set aside since before we even moved in! I still love it so its been ordered!!

 Love the floor! It’s a mess though, don’t ask what a painting is doing in the floor there, it’s become a bit of a storage closet:)

 The chest that will be the vanity, its not my all time fave but we own it so we are using it. Just waiting on the countertop (matches the floor)

 Do love these black tole chinoiserie sconces I found and will be using in here……
 The gorgeous wallpaper, still love it after all these years! Put your hands over that green countertop and you will get the idea:)

 I think the floor is really pretty…its honey onyx, that I had cut into 2 x12’s and did as a chevron/herringbone pattern

I was tired of seeing the red poinsettias tress on my island. It was perfect for Christmas and at the rate I was going, I guess I could have left them up for Valentines Day since they are red:) But I wanted to feel some spring so added my pink cherry blossoms to these new blue and whites and I must say I love it. It feels so wonderful walking into my kitchen and totally belies the fact that there is ice crusted snow everywhere outside…oh well once can dream:)

And speaking of the kitchen, I love the way the bright yellows of lemons and green of limes looks in blue and white…its uplifting given the dark gloomy days of winter we are having!

And since we are in my kitchen, how gorgeous is this copper pot my sister gave me for my birthday? She does know me well……

Bought this beautiful pair of black tole lanterns to put in two small hallway vestibules upstairs. I like the simplicity and shape.

And added this belljar to a small vestibule between my bedroom and closet. You  know I looooove my belljars:)

I have been finding the prettiest antique decanters lately. Look at these, they are antique Baccarat with the sterling liquor  name plates…gorgeous!

We have been starting to look at flooring for our basement. I am amazed at what they are doing with tiles! We want a maintenance free tile that looks like wood. I am leaning towards those ashy colored light to med. woods..they are so soothing and pretty. Amazing!

 It is so hard to believe these are porcelain tiles and not wood!

Now that the holidays are over, I am going back to the drawing board on a number of projects, with the bedroom and my dining room being two of the most important. Still tweaking but getting closer every day to the final background color of the gorgeous chinoiserie which I know will transform the space…..

And have had these really large chunky white ginger jars for a while (was going to carry them) but they are so darn big and heavy. So instead of sitting in storage I took them out and put them on the pale green French console in the upstairs hallway and I love the way they look, so fresh and crisp! I am going to add something to the center, just not sure what. I will probably refer back to my post from yesterday on accentuating with accessories!

Put in this gorgeous new lantern finally in our back stair hall…really pretty piece!

I think I have finally figured out the secret to keeping orchids alive well and super long lasting. Cool, cool cool rooms. This one is in one of the coolest areas of our house and this thing looks as beautiful as it did the day I got it over two months ago….still going strong! Very little water also (maybe once every 10 days)

Yes my Christmas tree FINALLY got taken down 3 days ago, my big soldiers are next in line:)

Another one still going strong that I now moved to a cooler spot

Just starting to get my orders in for the Annabell Ingall totes so if you are one of the ones waiting…..things are starting to ship out this week. Every time I see a new color/variation, I want one (it’s a bit of a problem).  I mean how many bags does a girl need? Nevermind, you don’t have to answer that:)  They are all so gorgeous….

 Sky and Cherry totes (med and large)

                                     This is a great neutral,new color String in the new style, Coco

A few important things……

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway for this magnificent bowl courtesy of Bonny Neiman! Click here for details. I will announce a lucky winner on Friday morning.

Also accepting pictures of your kitchens for about another week for my KITCHEN LOVE contest! If you think your kitchen has what it takes and is “contest ready”…….send it in! Details below….

My new contest is called Kitchen Love. A subject near and dear to our hearts, the heart of the home. Send in your pictures of your kitchen or it can be a snippet of your kitchen, something that makes your kitchen special and beautifully yours. I cannot wait to start getting the entries! Rules are-

Max. two pictures per entrant
They must be your pictures (not taken off the internet)
Please send your pictures to theenchantedhome@gmail.com
You must put Kitchen Love in subject line to insure it is received and included
I am accepting pictures as of today and the deadline is Feb. 8th
The contest will begin Feb. 10th and run for two days.
The lucky winner will receive a beautiful large Spanish olive tray, a gorgeous addition to any kitchen.
Thank you for stopping in. Hope all is well with you….talk to you soon! Stay warm:)

Late week random musings……

Hello. Hope you are having a great week, mine was spiffy and so busy (the steals and deals kept me on my toes all week)…..so crazy how everywhere I turn I am seeing something having to do with Thanksgiving or Christmas! It feels like suddenly the accelerator has been pressed and things are in fast forward…..I almost get dizzy thinking of what needs to get done but am determined to hopefully wrap it all up by the first week of December, because normally mid December I am ready and quite eligible for the local asylum:) All that aside, I DO love the holidays and all that goes along with it, giving, the foods, the weather, the decorating, wrapping gifts, holiday clothes,etc…….but I like when I can really savor and enjoy it, and that only happens when I am organized and stay on task so today is not a day too soon to start the planning!

Before I get started I announced the winner of the mega jackpot skincare from Avery Graham. Unfortunately the winner has not stepped up so I am giving it one more shot. If I have not heard back by Sunday morning, a new winner will be chosen. So Debra….time is ticking! Step right up to claim your prize!

Result:

81
Pink Opulance, opulence eye cream as well as the eye make-up remover that would be a good start to get me on track!
Thanks for the giveaway and insightful information

Anywho, moving along here is what’s new in my world……(all pics taken with iPhone as my camera was not charged)

MY HOUSE. I have some projects in the works. Got my first strikeoff for the dining room of the chinoiserie and while it’s definitely not right it does affirm my decision that this is the way to go and once we get the colors down, its going to be nothing short of spectacular. SO we are back to round 2 and think we are a lot closer now in terms of the colors we are using…cannot wait and of course will share! It is a definite labor of love but oh so worth it!

?The large sample though way too yellow…love the pattern, let the tweaking begin!

?Another smaller sample from long ago, as you can see the background is way off from the rug but you have to start somewhere!

?So my trusty little Benjamin Moore color cards have been making many visits to the dining room!

?And at long last, I have chosen colors for the next sample……fingers crossed!

My bedroom is also finally coming together.? Used this gorgeous cream and blue silk for my closet/sitting area and was waiting till it went up to decided if I would use it for the bedroom and indeed I am, I just love it. Its so soft and pretty and quiet just as I wanted it to be. I have been working hard to find carpeting, its a very large space so the challenge ironically hasnt’ been finding a carpet I like but finding one they have enough of. I have found the mills do not stock carpet the way they used to…sign of the times. So this is the one I can get the most of, it will mean not putting carpeting in my closet and small office, but having it in the sitting area and bedroom which really are most important anyway. So think this is the one and about to pull the trigger…woo hoo!

?It all started with this gorgeous paper from Stark (now discontinued, but available by custom order)

?So after months and months of thinking and looking (more thinking than looking) I found a carpet with just the right cream and just the right soft dusty blue

?And went back to the original trim from Clarence House that I am madly in love with!

?And the gorgeous cream and blue silk…….
?Carpeting
Ready to see the fabric in my sitting room/closet? Love it!

?Pay zero attention the that chair (my first big girl purchase at 22 from Century) still a great chair but am going to reupholster it and the tattered Scalamandre pillow (20 years and going strong) but wrong colors,etc……

?Another carpet that was lovely from Stark but it was too green, not blue enough…..

?Still love this linen, will do some pillows or something in this for sure

?Amazing how often we go back to our original choices…..that was the case with me and I am thrilled.

A GREAT FILM. I like movies of all kinds and I watched one somewhat documentary called “Red Obsession” which is about the soaring prices and unparallelled demand for the famed Bordeaux wines, and of course who is their number one consumer? The Chinese….it is totally fascinating and if this remotely interests you then I would highly recommend it. I know its available on Movies on Demand and I believe Netflix. Here is a sneak peek…..

GREENWICH, CT. I love this place! 15 years ago we had a deal on a house there that turned out to have some serious structural issues and we looked at it as a chance to reconsider and ended up staying on Long Island closer to family. However many many times I have thought and still think this is one of most beautiful places to live. I love Greenwich and if you ever the chance to visit, you absolutely should!! Went to a great restaurant Harvest (thanks Sandy from You may be wandering)? where I had the best shaved Brussels sprouts salad EVER. Then we went into some of our favorite shops including Rinfret (always a fave), here is a recap……

?Yes it really was THAT good!!!!!!!

?Isn’t this charming? I couldn’t resist taking pictures, they always do such a beautiful job…..

?Saw this beautiful very large ginger jar at Two’s Company and my blue and white radar went on high alert!

These next photos are all from Rinfret, which is all decked out for the holidays, its was so festive and beautiful……

GOOD FOOD. You know this is a favorite subject of mine! So two things to talk about. The first I was inspired to find, after eating that out of this world brussels sprout salad and I found one that seems to be very very close from The Divine Addiction. I am trying it this week and will let you know. In case you are interested…..click here for recipe.

Second one is something I tried and LOVED. Worth sharing…trust me on this. One subject I consider myself to be an expert on is food:) If you like puff pastry, mushrooms and Gruyere then you must give this a shot (I also add Parmesan) You can make one big one or cut them into squares as appetizers…..yum! Click here for recipe.

AN INTERESTING VIDEO. You might have thought of this, maybe not. What kind of mother are you? How would you describe yourself as a mother to your kids? How do you think your kids might describe you? This video is worth a look, it is so telling and so touching and makes me wonder how my kids would answer it. Really got me thinking.? Click here to see.

BABY LIGHT MY FIRE. This is for lovely Anita of Castles Crowns and Cottages. She had asked if we had lit the fireplace outside and if we did to please share a picture. Well Anita, this ones for you……wish you were here to enjoy a cup of hot chocolate with me!


NEW CONTEST! The blue and white love was such a huge success that I am continuing on with another contest. The new theme is “Hooray for the Holidays“. I am accepting pictures for anything having to do with the holidays (Halloween, Thanksgiving or Christmas) up until Dec. 4th. I will run the contest through Dec. 8th and announce a winner on Monday, Dec.9th.

No rules…however you interpret “Hooray for the Holidays”. Could be a favorite meal, your home all decked out, your Thanksgiving table, a pet or child showing their spirit, etc…..I know I am in for a treat, your talents and inspirations always blow me away. Same rules, two pictures per entrant, you must put Hooray for the Holidays in the subject line of your email (I get a ton of email and dont’ want it lost in the shuffle).

Email me your pictures to theenchantedhome@gmail.com. Thank in advance for entering, you have a little over 2 weeks to send them in! I will also hold a Christmas themed contest in early Jan so get those cameras ready! Some ideas…..

SHOP NEWS. I have been really busy with my little shop. I was excited to help someone with 20 ginger jars for her daughters wedding, she promised to send pictures, I can’t wait! I also have some lighting that was custom done that went in which I will also share. I love nothing more than when customers send me pictures of their completed projects.

I am going to be doing a post in the next week? about various holiday gifts/promotions in? my shop as well as deadlines, because time is ticking!? I am also going to “close shop” for about a week before Christmas. The last day to place orders will be Dec. 14th until after Christmas. In the upcoming post I will also let you know about deadlines for things like monogrammed items, custom napkin rings,etc…..

On my recent steals and deals, I really hit the jackpot. I was lucky enough to have bought a large lot of truly exquisite items from a manufacturer who is restructuring and moving down south. His loss is my gain (and yours)! I have sold the bulk of it but still have about 10-12 boxes to unpack so who knows what’s in them! It’s like a treasure hunt with guaranteed treasure:) I am trying to move through them quickly to ideally get everything up, sold and shipped before Thanksgiving. I will post the newest finds sometime next week……

FINALLY,? as much fun as it is to talk about the fluff and fun of the things we love most……I must speak about the horrific events happening in the Philippines. The devastation is truly unimaginable. My heart breaks for all those affected. The rebuilding effort is going to take a very long time. But right now the focus is on the people and treating the hundreds of thousands who are injured, without food and water, shelter…people who have lost their families and everything they ever owned.
I always like to to help out in whatever small way I can, my only requirement is I want to know my donation is going 100% to the actual relief effort and not to cover administration coats!

http://www.directrelief.org/

I have given through AmeriCares? (who is also a non profit and a wonderful organization too) and thanks to Emily of Splendid Market, I also found out about Direct Relief, whose mission as a non profit organization is to provide medical relief around the world. That is the main focus for the many victims of Typhoon Haiyan. Click here to find out more about them. There is no amount too small, every dollar can make a difference. I hope you will consider donating.

Thanks so much for stopping in and I hope you have a wonderful and productive day! I enjoyed putting this post together and really enjoyed being all over the map with my random musings…missed these posts! I think the theme for November (for me at least) will be productivity. I want to get as much done before the Christmas crunch this month as I possibly can. Is there such thing as a relaxing December? Hummmmmm……..I will get back to you on that:)

Late week random musings……

Hello. Hope you are having a great week, mine was spiffy and so busy (the steals and deals kept me on my toes all week)…..so crazy how everywhere I turn I am seeing something having to do with Thanksgiving or Christmas! It feels like suddenly the accelerator has been pressed and things are in fast forward…..I almost get dizzy thinking of what needs to get done but am determined to hopefully wrap it all up by the first week of December, because normally mid December I am ready and quite eligible for the local asylum:) All that aside, I DO love the holidays and all that goes along with it, giving, the foods, the weather, the decorating, wrapping gifts, holiday clothes,etc…….but I like when I can really savor and enjoy it, and that only happens when I am organized and stay on task so today is not a day too soon to start the planning!

Before I get started I announced the winner of the mega jackpot skincare from Avery Graham. Unfortunately the winner has not stepped up so I am giving it one more shot. If I have not heard back by Sunday morning, a new winner will be chosen. So Debra….time is ticking! Step right up to claim your prize!

Result:

81
Pink Opulance, opulence eye cream as well as the eye make-up remover that would be a good start to get me on track!
Thanks for the giveaway and insightful information

Anywho, moving along here is what’s new in my world……(all pics taken with iPhone as my camera was not charged)

MY HOUSE. I have some projects in the works. Got my first strikeoff for the dining room of the chinoiserie and while it’s definitely not right it does affirm my decision that this is the way to go and once we get the colors down, its going to be nothing short of spectacular. SO we are back to round 2 and think we are a lot closer now in terms of the colors we are using…cannot wait and of course will share! It is a definite labor of love but oh so worth it!

 The large sample though way too yellow…love the pattern, let the tweaking begin!

 Another smaller sample from long ago, as you can see the background is way off from the rug but you have to start somewhere!

 So my trusty little Benjamin Moore color cards have been making many visits to the dining room!

 And at long last, I have chosen colors for the next sample……fingers crossed!

My bedroom is also finally coming together.  Used this gorgeous cream and blue silk for my closet/sitting area and was waiting till it went up to decided if I would use it for the bedroom and indeed I am, I just love it. Its so soft and pretty and quiet just as I wanted it to be. I have been working hard to find carpeting, its a very large space so the challenge ironically hasnt’ been finding a carpet I like but finding one they have enough of. I have found the mills do not stock carpet the way they used to…sign of the times. So this is the one I can get the most of, it will mean not putting carpeting in my closet and small office, but having it in the sitting area and bedroom which really are most important anyway. So think this is the one and about to pull the trigger…woo hoo!

 It all started with this gorgeous paper from Stark (now discontinued, but available by custom order)

 So after months and months of thinking and looking (more thinking than looking) I found a carpet with just the right cream and just the right soft dusty blue

 And went back to the original trim from Clarence House that I am madly in love with!

 And the gorgeous cream and blue silk…….
 Carpeting
Ready to see the fabric in my sitting room/closet? Love it!

 Pay zero attention the that chair (my first big girl purchase at 22 from Century) still a great chair but am going to reupholster it and the tattered Scalamandre pillow (20 years and going strong) but wrong colors,etc……

 Another carpet that was lovely from Stark but it was too green, not blue enough…..

 Still love this linen, will do some pillows or something in this for sure

 Amazing how often we go back to our original choices…..that was the case with me and I am thrilled.

A GREAT FILM. I like movies of all kinds and I watched one somewhat documentary called “Red Obsession” which is about the soaring prices and unparallelled demand for the famed Bordeaux wines, and of course who is their number one consumer? The Chinese….it is totally fascinating and if this remotely interests you then I would highly recommend it. I know its available on Movies on Demand and I believe Netflix. Here is a sneak peek…..

GREENWICH, CT. I love this place! 15 years ago we had a deal on a house there that turned out to have some serious structural issues and we looked at it as a chance to reconsider and ended up staying on Long Island closer to family. However many many times I have thought and still think this is one of most beautiful places to live. I love Greenwich and if you ever the chance to visit, you absolutely should!! Went to a great restaurant Harvest (thanks Sandy from You may be wandering)  where I had the best shaved Brussels sprouts salad EVER. Then we went into some of our favorite shops including Rinfret (always a fave), here is a recap……

 Yes it really was THAT good!!!!!!!

 Isn’t this charming? I couldn’t resist taking pictures, they always do such a beautiful job…..

 Saw this beautiful very large ginger jar at Two’s Company and my blue and white radar went on high alert!

These next photos are all from Rinfret, which is all decked out for the holidays, its was so festive and beautiful……

GOOD FOOD. You know this is a favorite subject of mine! So two things to talk about. The first I was inspired to find, after eating that out of this world brussels sprout salad and I found one that seems to be very very close from The Divine Addiction. I am trying it this week and will let you know. In case you are interested…..click here for recipe.

Second one is something I tried and LOVED. Worth sharing…trust me on this. One subject I consider myself to be an expert on is food:) If you like puff pastry, mushrooms and Gruyere then you must give this a shot (I also add Parmesan) You can make one big one or cut them into squares as appetizers…..yum! Click here for recipe.

AN INTERESTING VIDEO. You might have thought of this, maybe not. What kind of mother are you? How would you describe yourself as a mother to your kids? How do you think your kids might describe you? This video is worth a look, it is so telling and so touching and makes me wonder how my kids would answer it. Really got me thinking.  Click here to see.

BABY LIGHT MY FIRE. This is for lovely Anita of Castles Crowns and Cottages. She had asked if we had lit the fireplace outside and if we did to please share a picture. Well Anita, this ones for you……wish you were here to enjoy a cup of hot chocolate with me!


NEW CONTEST! The blue and white love was such a huge success that I am continuing on with another contest. The new theme is “Hooray for the Holidays“. I am accepting pictures for anything having to do with the holidays (Halloween, Thanksgiving or Christmas) up until Dec. 4th. I will run the contest through Dec. 8th and announce a winner on Monday, Dec.9th.

No rules…however you interpret “Hooray for the Holidays”. Could be a favorite meal, your home all decked out, your Thanksgiving table, a pet or child showing their spirit, etc…..I know I am in for a treat, your talents and inspirations always blow me away. Same rules, two pictures per entrant, you must put Hooray for the Holidays in the subject line of your email (I get a ton of email and dont’ want it lost in the shuffle).

Email me your pictures to theenchantedhome@gmail.com. Thank in advance for entering, you have a little over 2 weeks to send them in! I will also hold a Christmas themed contest in early Jan so get those cameras ready! Some ideas…..

SHOP NEWS. I have been really busy with my little shop. I was excited to help someone with 20 ginger jars for her daughters wedding, she promised to send pictures, I can’t wait! I also have some lighting that was custom done that went in which I will also share. I love nothing more than when customers send me pictures of their completed projects.

I am going to be doing a post in the next week  about various holiday gifts/promotions in  my shop as well as deadlines, because time is ticking!  I am also going to “close shop” for about a week before Christmas. The last day to place orders will be Dec. 14th until after Christmas. In the upcoming post I will also let you know about deadlines for things like monogrammed items, custom napkin rings,etc…..

On my recent steals and deals, I really hit the jackpot. I was lucky enough to have bought a large lot of truly exquisite items from a manufacturer who is restructuring and moving down south. His loss is my gain (and yours)! I have sold the bulk of it but still have about 10-12 boxes to unpack so who knows what’s in them! It’s like a treasure hunt with guaranteed treasure:) I am trying to move through them quickly to ideally get everything up, sold and shipped before Thanksgiving. I will post the newest finds sometime next week……

FINALLY,  as much fun as it is to talk about the fluff and fun of the things we love most……I must speak about the horrific events happening in the Philippines. The devastation is truly unimaginable. My heart breaks for all those affected. The rebuilding effort is going to take a very long time. But right now the focus is on the people and treating the hundreds of thousands who are injured, without food and water, shelter…people who have lost their families and everything they ever owned.
I always like to to help out in whatever small way I can, my only requirement is I want to know my donation is going 100% to the actual relief effort and not to cover administration coats!

http://www.directrelief.org/

I have given through AmeriCares  (who is also a non profit and a wonderful organization too) and thanks to Emily of Splendid Market, I also found out about Direct Relief, whose mission as a non profit organization is to provide medical relief around the world. That is the main focus for the many victims of Typhoon Haiyan. Click here to find out more about them. There is no amount too small, every dollar can make a difference. I hope you will consider donating.

Thanks so much for stopping in and I hope you have a wonderful and productive day! I enjoyed putting this post together and really enjoyed being all over the map with my random musings…missed these posts! I think the theme for November (for me at least) will be productivity. I want to get as much done before the Christmas crunch this month as I possibly can. Is there such thing as a relaxing December? Hummmmmm……..I will get back to you on that:)

Mid week musings….

Hi there. How is your week going? Mine is going well…despite being down one day from a migraine, its been peachy. Been making major progress on the home front. Ordering my carpet for my bedroom…so excited! Ordered furniture for loggia….doubly excited! Got a new pair of ginger jars…woo hoo! So lets get started with whats happening in my little corner of the world……I am (clearly) in many directions here, a little bit of this and a bit of that……sit down this is a long one:)
You know I love sharing great recipes….tried these this weekend and let me just say they are worth making…absolutely DE-LISH!
Manger by Mimi   http://mimithorisson.com/

Jerusalem Artichokes, Fennel and Porcini Mushroom Tartlets

*serves 4
newPostLabel_Ingredients

  • 4-5 Jerusalem artichokes, peeled and sliced into rondelles (round slices)
  • 1 fennel, sliced
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 garlic clove, sliced finely
  • 450 g/ 1 pound c?pes/porcini mushrooms (or any of your favourite mushrooms)
  • 1 glass of red wine (plus you can add 1 more glass of red wine to sip while you make this) DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP..VERY IMPORTANT! added by me
  • A handful of chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 roll puff pastry (230 g/ 1/2 pound) or you can make your home-made version here
  • Olive oil (for frying)
  • 30 g/ 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 slices of country bread (discard the crust, place the bread in a food processor to get breadcrumbs)
  • Parmesan shavings (I went generous here)
  • Coarse salt and black pepper

newPostLabel_Instructions

  1. Peel Jerusalem artichokes, slice them into rondelles/round slices. Slice fennel coarsely. In a frying pan, heat 1 tbsp olive oil, fry the vegetables on a medium heat for 15-20 minutes, stirring frequently. Season with coarse salt and pepper. The vegetables should be cooked yet on the crunchy side.
  2. Preheat the oven to 180 ?C/ 350?F.
  3. Prepare the pastry base. Cut out 4 circles with a pastry cutter (I use a bowl to draw the circles) of approx 10-12 cm (3-5 inches). Prick pastry with a fork all over, place on a parchment-lined baking tray, and cover with a another piece of parchment paper. To avoid them to puff up too much, place another baking tray on top (or any rectangle shaped cake tin, grill etc) for 10 minutes. Then remove the parchment paper with the added weight and bake them bare for another 6-7 minutes, or until golden.
  4. While the pastry is in the oven, heat some olive oil and start frying the chopped onion and garlic for 5 minutes on a medium heat. Add the breadcrumbs and continue frying (add a bit of olive oil if it is too dry) until all the ingredients are golden and slightly crunchy. Set aside.
  5. Chop the mushrooms finely, save 2 or 3 full mushrooms to garnish in the end. In a frying pan, heat 1 tbsp olive oil, fry the mushrooms for 5 minutes, season with salt and pepper, add red wine and leave to reduce for about 2 minutes. Set aside. Fry the remaining mushrooms (coarsely chopped) for a few minutes in 1 tbsp butter.
  6. When the pastry is ready, garnish with the red wine mushrooms, followed by the Jerusalem artichokes and fennel, a few coarsely chopped mushrooms. Return to oven for 2 minutes, just to reheat slightly. Garnish with fresh parsley, a small pinch of coarse salt and Parmesan shavings. Serve immediately.

 
Even though spring is far away….it doesn’t keep me from dreaming about all the pretty clothes. I am incorporating more fashion and food (two other loves of mine) into my blog besides interiors, though that remains my focus.  I needed to replenish my “tops dept” so started looking. Here’s a few recent faves…..high and low:) Anything strike your fancy?
 
 

 
Speaking of clothes…I impulsively bought this dress (unuusal for me since I rarely buy dresses unless for a specific event), have no idea for what but I just fell in love with it. I think its so elegant, a throwback to an updated old fashioned way of dressing in the most ladylike way……spring here I come! (Red Valentino)

If I can look half this good in it…best deal ever! Now gotta go find those shoes…….
 
Finally caught up this week and saw a few movies. OK Le Mis was amazing. I know for some its long and they feel the singing/musical idea doesn’t translate as well on the big screen. Yes nothing can beat seeing Le Mis live on Boradway but I have to say I totally got swept up in the movie and Hugh and Anne in particular were fabulous. I really enjoyed it. Then we saw Broken City ( my husband really likes Mark Walhberg) and it was one of those sit on the edge of your seats kind of movies……good and intense but hard to follow at times. Catherine Zeta Jones looked great and very glamorous…happy to see her working again.  I also saw Parental Guidance and it was really corny, but I have to say I really enjoyed Bette and Billy and found them both to be really hysterical and endearing.
 
If there is one movie I would unequivocally recommend, it would be a French film my parents raved about and it did not disappoint not one bit. The Well Digger’s daughter….. it was MAGNIFIQUE! You must see it if you enjoy foreign films, want to get carried away hearing the beautiful French language being spoken, love beautiful stories sans violence, nudity and blood and if you want to soak up the magnificence of Provence. This is the movie for you….here’s the trailer. I cannot wait to see it again!
 

Cannot recommend it enough……
 
 
Love when my readers share whats happening in their lives with me. When I did my post on Which would you choose for  Golden Globe dresses one of my readers, sent me a butch of pics on her own little premiere that she hosted at home..and let me tell you no stones were unturned. Francine Ingrassia knows how to throw a party! They went all out….so here they are on their own red carpet!
 

 The e-vite invitation, love the wording!

And the red carpets awaits the lucky guests…..

 They look red carpet ready! Move over Angelina and Brad……….

 Fun group! Looks like a great party to me!
 Highlights……beautiful!
 All of her pictures were taken by photographer, Will Cadena.

 
 
The house feels very bare with all the Christmas decor down…kind of sad:( So I have been busy  adding flowers here and there….filled one of my really big dough bowls with a bunch of hydrangeas and  and it looks so fresh and happy. Then I bought these gardenia topiaries and am so excited as it looks like there is tons of buds, planted them in my blue and white. Also filled one of my very large dough bowls with a bunch of potted flowers and it instantly made the kitchen feel alive. Yes, flowers make me very happy. And finally really starting to wrap up my bedroom which is soooo exciting. Found some fabrics that are absolute keepers.Take a look….

The gardenia topiaries are large but are look great on my island……with my giant round bowl in the center

 Love fresh fruit…..we always have it around here. Made up this small little fruit tray for friends stopping by….

I love these baby asparagus I found..had friends over for drinks and I made mini brie bites (SO GOOD) and this little crudite with a wonderful yogurt Greek ranch dip…yum!

Bedroom selections narrowing down, just about to make a final decision………..

How amazing is this? I am DETERMINED to use it somewhere!
Then I found this! Love it……

I loooove this fabric. Its like gorgeous leopard marrying Ms. gray blue and this is their perfect love child….I think on the chairs, its going be beautiful.

These poor pillows with their threadbare Scalamandre fabric (my first major fabric splurge) are get this…..22 YEARS OLD! My first apt. when my son was 2 years old is when I got these made! I cannot believe they are still around:) They are virtual antiques at this point!

Say hello to Lady Ginger, my newest inductee to my ginger jar family……

They can be found in my online store click here

First bloom!

Filled my really big dough bowl with this pretty potted flower arrangment

 Things are blooming around here!

My bloggy friend Pinky, sent me this saying and I quote “she thinks my husband and I would love this”. Ugh….that’s a serious understatement. But I can imagine its the price of a mid sized home! However it is fun to dream and when you dream….might as well dream big, right? In this case literally and figuratively. So for all of you whose husbands are retired and “hang around” a bit more than you might like, here is your answer. Feast your eyes on this, a magical cure to get your husband out of your hair on a permanent basis:) You REALLY have to see this……..

And finally a little store biz…I am really into decorative boxes lately. The great thing is their versatility, they are wonderful atop a stack of coffee table books on a coffee table, nice on a console next to a pair of lamps, a pair work beautifully on a dining table, and I love them on end tables and nightstands. So I added a bunch of beautiful tole and porcelain and ormolu decorative boxes to my site.They can be found under porcelains, click here. Take a look……..

This beautiful new ginger jar is en route to my online shop within the next few weeks. Its a love for me! Love the shape, the foo dog top…its a keeper!

  So that’s whats cooking over here, I know I know…this is like “pretty things ADD” kind of all over the place but its all good!  Frigid temps..finally supposed to get some snow on Friday. Its about time! How about you? What’s new in your world? Wishing you a fabulous day…..
 
 
 
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Mid week musings….

Hi there. How is your week going? Mine is going well…despite being down one day from a migraine, its been peachy. Been making major progress on the home front. Ordering my carpet for my bedroom…so excited! Ordered furniture for loggia….doubly excited! Got a new pair of ginger jars…woo hoo! So lets get started with whats happening in my little corner of the world……I am (clearly) in many directions here, a little bit of this and a bit of that……sit down this is a long one:)
You know I love sharing great recipes….tried these this weekend and let me just say they are worth making…absolutely DE-LISH!
Manger by Mimi ? http://mimithorisson.com/

Jerusalem Artichokes, Fennel and Porcini Mushroom Tartlets

*serves 4
newPostLabel_Ingredients

  • 4-5 Jerusalem artichokes, peeled and sliced into rondelles (round slices)
  • 1 fennel, sliced
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 garlic clove, sliced finely
  • 450 g/ 1 pound c?pes/porcini mushrooms (or any of your favourite mushrooms)
  • 1 glass of red wine (plus you can add 1 more glass of red wine to sip while you make this) DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP..VERY IMPORTANT! added by me
  • A handful of chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 roll puff pastry (230 g/ 1/2 pound) or you can make your home-made version?here
  • Olive oil (for frying)
  • 30 g/ 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 slices of country bread (discard the crust, place the bread in a food processor to get breadcrumbs)
  • Parmesan shavings (I went generous here)
  • Coarse salt and black pepper

newPostLabel_Instructions

  1. Peel Jerusalem artichokes, slice them into rondelles/round slices. Slice fennel coarsely. In a frying pan, heat 1 tbsp olive oil, fry the vegetables on a medium heat for 15-20 minutes, stirring frequently. Season with coarse salt and pepper. The vegetables should be cooked yet on the crunchy side.
  2. Preheat the oven to 180 ?C/ 350?F.
  3. Prepare the pastry base. Cut out 4 circles with a pastry cutter (I use a bowl to draw the circles) of approx 10-12 cm (3-5 inches). Prick pastry with a fork all over, place on a parchment-lined baking tray, and cover with a another piece of parchment paper. To avoid them to puff up too much, place another baking tray on top (or any rectangle shaped cake tin, grill etc) for 10 minutes. Then remove the parchment paper with the added weight and bake them bare for another 6-7 minutes, or until golden.
  4. While the pastry is in the oven, heat some olive oil and start frying the chopped onion and garlic for 5 minutes on a medium heat. Add the breadcrumbs and continue frying (add a bit of olive oil if it is too dry) until all the ingredients are golden and slightly crunchy. Set aside.
  5. Chop the mushrooms finely, save 2 or 3 full mushrooms to garnish in the end. In a frying pan, heat 1 tbsp olive oil, fry the mushrooms for 5 minutes, season with salt and pepper, add red wine and leave to reduce for about 2 minutes. Set aside. Fry the remaining mushrooms (coarsely chopped) for a few minutes in 1 tbsp butter.
  6. When the pastry is ready, garnish with the red wine mushrooms, followed by the Jerusalem artichokes and fennel, a few coarsely chopped mushrooms. Return to oven for 2 minutes, just to reheat slightly. Garnish with fresh parsley, a small pinch of coarse salt and Parmesan shavings. Serve immediately.

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Even though spring is far away….it doesn’t keep me from dreaming about all the pretty clothes. I am incorporating more fashion and food (two other loves of mine) into my blog besides interiors, though that remains my focus.? I needed to replenish my “tops dept” so started looking. Here’s a few recent faves…..high and low:) Anything strike your fancy?

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Speaking of clothes…I impulsively bought this dress (unuusal for me since I rarely buy dresses unless for a specific event), have no idea for what but I just fell in love with it. I think its so elegant, a throwback to an updated old fashioned way of dressing in the most ladylike way……spring here I come! (Red Valentino)

If I can look half this good in it…best deal ever! Now gotta go find those shoes…….



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Finally caught up this week and saw a few movies. OK Le Mis was amazing. I know for some its long and they feel the singing/musical idea doesn’t translate as well on the big screen. Yes nothing can beat seeing Le Mis live on Boradway but I have to say I totally got swept up in the movie and Hugh and Anne in particular were fabulous. I really enjoyed it. Then we saw Broken City ( my husband really likes Mark Walhberg) and it was one of those sit on the edge of your seats kind of movies……good and intense but hard to follow at times. Catherine Zeta Jones looked great and very glamorous…happy to see her working again.? I also saw Parental Guidance and it was really corny, but I have to say I really enjoyed Bette and Billy and found them both to be really hysterical and endearing.

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If there is one movie I would unequivocally recommend, it would be a French film my parents raved about and it did not disappoint not one bit. The Well Digger’s daughter….. it was MAGNIFIQUE! You must see it if you enjoy foreign films, want to get carried away hearing the beautiful French language being spoken, love beautiful stories sans violence, nudity and blood and if you want to soak up the magnificence of Provence. This is the movie for you….here’s the trailer. I cannot wait to see it again!

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Cannot recommend it enough……

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Love when my readers share whats happening in their lives with me. When I did my post on Which would you choose for? Golden Globe dresses one of my readers, sent me a butch of pics on her own little premiere that she hosted at home..and let me tell you no stones were unturned. Francine Ingrassia knows how to throw a party! They went all out….so here they are on their own red carpet!

?

?The e-vite invitation, love the wording!

And the red carpets awaits the lucky guests…..

?They look red carpet ready! Move over Angelina and Brad……….

?Fun group! Looks like a great party to me!
?Highlights……beautiful!
?All of her pictures were taken by photographer, Will Cadena.

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The house feels very bare with all the Christmas decor down…kind of sad:( So I have been busy? adding flowers here and there….filled one of my really big dough bowls with a bunch of hydrangeas and? and it looks so fresh and happy. Then I bought these gardenia topiaries and am so excited as it looks like there is tons of buds, planted them in my blue and white. Also filled one of my very large dough bowls with a bunch of potted flowers and it instantly made the kitchen feel alive. Yes, flowers make me very happy. And finally really starting to wrap up my bedroom which is soooo exciting. Found some fabrics that are absolute keepers.Take a look….

The gardenia topiaries are large but are look great on my island……with my giant round bowl in the center

?Love fresh fruit…..we always have it around here. Made up this small little fruit tray for friends stopping by….

I love these baby asparagus I found..had friends over for drinks and I made mini brie bites (SO GOOD) and this little crudite with a wonderful yogurt Greek ranch dip…yum!

Bedroom selections narrowing down, just about to make a final decision………..

How amazing is this? I am DETERMINED to use it somewhere!
Then I found this! Love it……

I loooove this fabric. Its like gorgeous leopard marrying Ms. gray blue and this is their perfect love child….I think on the chairs, its going be beautiful.

These poor pillows with their threadbare Scalamandre fabric (my first major fabric splurge) are get this…..22 YEARS OLD! My first apt. when my son was 2 years old is when I got these made! I cannot believe they are still around:) They are virtual antiques at this point!

Say hello to Lady Ginger, my newest inductee to my ginger jar family……

They can be found in my online store click here

First bloom!

Filled my really big dough bowl with this pretty potted flower arrangment

?Things are blooming around here!

My bloggy friend Pinky, sent me this saying and I quote “she thinks my husband and I would love this”. Ugh….that’s a serious understatement. But I can imagine its the price of a mid sized home! However it is fun to dream and when you dream….might as well dream big, right? In this case literally and figuratively. So for all of you whose husbands are retired and “hang around” a bit more than you might like, here is your answer. Feast your eyes on this, a magical cure to get your husband out of your hair on a permanent basis:) You REALLY have to see this……..

And finally a little store biz…I am really into decorative boxes lately. The great thing is their versatility, they are wonderful atop a stack of coffee table books on a coffee table, nice on a console next to a pair of lamps, a pair work beautifully on a dining table, and I love them on end tables and nightstands. So I added a bunch of beautiful tole and porcelain and ormolu decorative boxes to my site.They can be found under porcelains, click here. Take a look……..

This beautiful new ginger jar is en route to my online shop within the next few weeks. Its a love for me! Love the shape, the foo dog top…its a keeper!

? So that’s whats cooking over here, I know I know…this is like “pretty things ADD” kind of all over the place but its all good!? Frigid temps..finally supposed to get some snow on Friday. Its about time! How about you? What’s new in your world? Wishing you a fabulous day…..

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Sunday showhouse…….and you’re invited, we have a winner!!



Today I am happy to announce the winner of the Seda France trio. I used random.org and here is my winner! I will be contacting you or feel free to contact me. These are wonderful products that you are sure to enjoy!!

Congratulations……Quintessence!!

Drawing
#5,623

PRIVATE
Seda France Trio
4th drawing held by The Enchanted Home
Completed on Sunday, 3 April 2011 at 12:07:03 UTC
68 entrants, 1 winner
Winners (1)
 1st: quintessence




Thank goodness its Sunday, I need an official “free pass” to feel like I am off duty today. Its been a long and sometimes stressful week and its nice to have a day just to do as I please..though we all know there is no rest for the weary! By the way, saw Jane Eyre which I had been dying to see..it was incredible. I loved it…..the scenery, music and costumes were breathtaking, the homes it was filmed in “knock your socks off” gorgeous in that hauntingly beautiful, cold and somewhat foreboding English castle kind of a way. Hows that for a description? I loved the film adaptation from the well known novel and would recommend it if you enjoy period films. Sunday is a day to take it nice and slow…..so start your day by going on a house tour with me!!First we start off in Lake Michigan, then head to ranch country, Montana, home of some of the most beautiful vistas in the world and finally back east to Greenwich, CT. You know I love to know what you think so please let me know if you have a favorite! Here we go…..

LAKE MICHIGAN, MICHIGAN. This fabulous stately clapboard classic designed by the renowned Robert Stern took great care to keep this house true to its New England roots. It is understated and classic elegance at its best. Victoria Hagan designed the interiors and its very clear that she has left her indelible and creative stamp on the refined and restrained interiors. The views of the lake that beckon are incredible and this gem is complete with a pool house that compliments the main house. Pretty nice!

BIG SKY, MONTANA. Horse and ranch country. Warm rich colors, lots of wood. Inviting and cozy but still grand. Enough said, lets have a look…… Locati Architects, one of the masters of the ranch house universe,  is responsible for this beauty. The hand hewn beams used throughout the interiors adds warmth, elegance and a charming rustic quality that is exclusive to fine ranch living. With a vacation house like this, and vistas and views that this house has..I might never feel the need for a vacation away from home ever again!

GREENWICH, CT.  This stately elegant classic brick Georgian in beautiful mid country Greenwich is a bit of a surprise inside. I would describe the style of interiors as eclectic, because as you can see there are a number of different styles going on there, I see transitional, even some modern, traditional, and even some colonial. What do you think of the mix? I love that mirrored door dressing area….step inside.

So that wraps up the Sunday showhouse..what do you think? Do you have a favorite? You know I love to know..its always fun to hear your ideas and opinions! Enjoy your Sunday and rest of the weekend…hope you are doing something fun!

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Sunday showhouse…….and you’re invited, we have a winner!!





Today I am happy to announce the winner of the Seda France trio. I used random.org and here is my winner! I will be contacting you or feel free to contact me. These are wonderful products that you are sure to enjoy!!



Congratulations……Quintessence!!

Drawing
#5,623

PRIVATE
Seda France Trio
4th drawing held by?The Enchanted Home
Completed on Sunday, 3 April 2011 at 12:07:03 UTC
68 entrants, 1 winner
Winners (1)
 1st: quintessence








Thank goodness its Sunday, I need an official “free pass” to feel like I am off duty today. Its been a long and sometimes stressful week and its nice to have a day just to do as I please..though we all know there is no rest for the weary! By the way, saw Jane Eyre which I had been dying to see..it was incredible. I loved it…..the scenery, music and costumes were breathtaking, the homes it was filmed in “knock your socks off” gorgeous in that hauntingly beautiful, cold and somewhat foreboding English castle kind of a way. Hows that for a description? I loved the film adaptation from the well known novel and would recommend it if you enjoy period films. Sunday is a day to take it nice and slow…..so start your day by going on a house tour with me!!First we start off in Lake Michigan, then head to ranch country, Montana, home of some of the most beautiful vistas in the world and finally back east to Greenwich, CT. You know I love to know what you think so please let me know if you have a favorite! Here we go…..



LAKE MICHIGAN, MICHIGAN. This fabulous stately clapboard classic designed by the renowned Robert Stern took great care to keep this house true to its New England roots. It is understated and classic elegance at its best. Victoria Hagan designed the interiors and its very clear that she has left her indelible and creative stamp on the refined and restrained interiors. The views of the lake that beckon are incredible and this gem is complete with a pool house that compliments the main house. Pretty nice!

BIG SKY, MONTANA. Horse and ranch country. Warm rich colors, lots of wood. Inviting and cozy but still grand. Enough said, lets have a look……?Locati Architects, one of the masters of the ranch house universe, ?is responsible for this beauty. The hand?hewn beams used throughout the interiors adds warmth, elegance and a charming rustic quality that is exclusive to fine ranch living. With a vacation house like this, and vistas and views that this house has..I might never feel the need for a vacation away from home ever again!

GREENWICH, CT. ?This stately elegant classic brick Georgian in beautiful mid country Greenwich is a bit of a surprise inside. I would describe the style of interiors as eclectic, because as you can see there are a number of different styles going on there, I see transitional, even some modern, traditional, and even some colonial. What do you think of the mix? I love that mirrored door dressing area….step inside.

So that wraps up the Sunday showhouse..what do you think? Do you have a favorite? You know I love to know..its always fun to hear your ideas and opinions! Enjoy your Sunday and rest of the weekend…hope you are doing something fun!

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Neutral territory…go beige or go home

Good morning! Must say it feels quite nice to be feeling pretty much back to normal minus a few sniffles..but I will take that any day over what I had last week! So, later today I am going to head to the house to look at the progress that’s been made, and will be sure to take pictures to share here tomorrow. 
There is no denying the huge trend of neutral and beige interiors that is everywhere…. every  textile line, every fabric showroom, every furniture showroom….no mistaking it. At both shows I recently attended, I saw this trend repeated over and over, reclaimed woods, linen, lots of natural fabrics in soft beige and off white’s, lighter wood, and overall a lighter airier less stuffy look to interiors.  I personally lean towards a room with a nice soft balance of neutrals with a soft infusion of color. But there is something quite serene, peaceful and invitingly beautiful about entering a  soft monochromatic room when its properly accessorised and lit…..with just the right balance.
These pictures make me appreciate a beige room when its right and proof that you don’t always need color to achieve a beautiful room. Its all about texture, an interesting mix of styles, a creative blending of seating arrangements, how the room plays against the rooms character (if there is woodwork, moldings, fireplaces,etc…in place already). I love the way each of these rooms, while completely different in both their styles and formality, successfully works the beige palette. It changes the way I have looked at boring beige! What do you think? Love to know! Do you have a favorite?

Gorgeous grand scaled living room gets the beige royal treatment and is warmly accented with lots of woods and interesting objects of art by Jack Fhillips

Shannon Bowers takes a simple beige room and makes it work with an eclectic mix of styles and shapes….a very big Swedish antiques influence here
A beautiful monochromatic beige living room by Marjorie Shushan
Stunning master suite is resplendent in various shades of beige and ivory by Windsor Smith
A beautiful garden room by Suzanne Rheinstein is stunning in a tone on tone beige floral with solid accents…..the result is stunning!
Beautiful beige, soft and serene bedroom by Phoebe Howard…one of my favorites
Stunning living room by Phoebe Howard, the space itself is quite spectacular but I love how well the tone on tone monochromatic color scheme works here……
Gorgeous tone on tone master bedroom by Marjorie Shushman
Jennifer Lopez’s elegant monochromatic living room by Michelle Workman
Another simply elegant room awash in shades of white and beige by Shannon Bowers with subtle pops of pale blue is charming
Elegant master suite in Wyoming in various shades of beiges’ by Mariette Himes Gomez
Beautiful beige toned covered outdoor porch, a perfect example of how textures and interesting materials make this room work by Hallberg and Wiseley

Fabulous breakfast showcases beige at its best…..by Richard Hallberg and Barbara Wiseley
This beautiful transitional living room in ivory is very elegant
Beautiful quaint but elegant monochromatic kitchen/eating area by Shannon Bowers..so pretty!
A stunning french vintage inspired dining room by Nicholas Haslam
Pretty and inviting breakfast room by Katherine Newman…love the beige chinoiserie
Tall ceilinged beige dining room is punctuated with a splash of color from the purple orchids on the table, by Peter Marino
A pretty entry with a Swedish light wood table and chairs looks tres elegant by Shannon Bowers
Attractive tone on tone living room is serene and inviting by Thad Hayes
Scott Snyder successfully uses a soft yellow on the walls to accent the neutral furniture
This pretty more rustic but elegant dining room by Fern Santini goes for a tone on tone look and  gets the contrast from the rich woods…very pretty
The beige and neutral upholstery look wonderful against the dark woods on the floors and ceiling beams Traditional Home
A cozy beige bedroom is softly and simply elegant here by Betty Burgess
This pretty living room featuring an informal seating arrangement by Ginger Barber allows for many different types of seating arrangements, love the over sized linen sofa

The stark bone chairs area a nice contrast against the dark of the wide planked floors Traditional Home
This pretty dining room looks like limed oak and has a neutral ivory fabric to keep the neutrality of the room, getting the only color from the beautiful antique Heriz rug…by Paolo Moschino
Soft breezy light colored bedroom gets the only color from the pale blue washed rug by Jim Howard
This attractive monochromatic room blends a few different styles very effectively House Beauitful
This soft tone on tone master bedroom uses a number of different fabrics and textures to add interest to the room by Betsy Burnham
This pretty casually chic bedroom by Ginger Barber goes with tone on tone linens and a light sage colored bench and bed frame
Erin Martin designed this informal dining area in this California home with a fun twist on the chinoiserie inspired china cabinet
Designer Christina Rothman chooses to bring in various textiles to give this tone on tone living room interest but keeping the harmony in the room at the same time
Designer Melissa Rufty gets a simple pop of color in this otherwise beige and gold room with a little pink on the front pillow on the bed
Pretty and cozy beige slipcovered sofa and chairs by Leslie Scaglione

Pretty dining area in slip covered ivory linen makes for a casually elegant space by Leslie Scaglione
Albert Hadley uses touches of soft green in this predominantly beige bedroom
Designer Nancy Price uses this bedrooms tall master bed’s dark wood as the contrast in this room against all the lightness….it is very serene
Catby Kincaid designed an all beige room to perfection here with subtle accents of blue and white….love this room
This tone on tone room gets a little added drama with a darker brown sofa and walls by Jim Howard

Oh the power of pillows! Take them away and you have a beige room..but look what they add!
This bright, airy Hamptons bedroom gets bathed in beige…..more art deco, look at the funky lampshades, they appear to be upside down! Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz 
Pretty,inviting seating area in beige and bronze hues is quietly elegant Phoebe Howard
Let me know if any of these beige rooms struck a chord. Have an enchanting day!
Giveaway information-
has generously donated this brand new fabulous french occasional chair!
(Retails for $395)

Gorgeous painted Provence chair, ideal for a living room, dining room or a dressing area.

 (The picture is a little blurry, working on getting a clearer one but here is the link to get a great picture and be able to zoom in and get the details… http://www.safaviehhome.com/product_info.php?cPath=6_44&&noborder=noborder&newPath=44&products_id=2695

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Neutral territory…go beige or go home

Good morning! Must say it feels quite nice to be feeling pretty much back to normal minus a few sniffles..but I will take that any day over what I had last week! So, later today I am going to head to the house to look at the progress that’s been made, and will be sure to take pictures to share here tomorrow.?

There is no denying the huge trend of neutral and beige interiors that is everywhere…. every ?textile line, every fabric showroom, every furniture showroom….no mistaking it. At both shows I recently attended, I saw this trend repeated over and over, reclaimed woods, linen, lots of natural fabrics in soft beige and off white’s, lighter wood, and overall a lighter airier less stuffy look to interiors.??I personally lean towards a room with a nice soft balance of neutrals with a soft infusion of color. But there is something quite serene, peaceful and invitingly beautiful about entering a ?soft monochromatic room when its properly accessorised and lit…..with just the right balance.

These pictures make me appreciate a beige room when its right and proof that you don’t always need color to achieve a beautiful room. Its all about texture, an interesting mix of styles, a creative blending of seating arrangements, how the room plays against the rooms character (if there is woodwork, moldings, fireplaces,etc…in place already). I love the way each of these rooms, while completely different in both their styles and formality, successfully works the beige palette. It changes the way I have looked at boring beige! What do you think? Love to know! Do you have a favorite?



Gorgeous grand scaled living room gets the beige royal treatment and is warmly accented with lots of woods and interesting objects of art by Jack Fhillips

Shannon Bowers takes a simple beige room and makes it work with an eclectic mix of styles and shapes….a very big Swedish antiques influence here
A beautiful monochromatic beige living room by Marjorie Shushan
Stunning master suite is resplendent in various shades of beige and ivory by Windsor Smith
A beautiful garden room by Suzanne Rheinstein is stunning in a tone on tone beige floral with solid accents…..the result is stunning!
Beautiful beige, soft and serene bedroom by Phoebe Howard…one of my favorites
Stunning living room by Phoebe Howard, the space itself is quite spectacular but I love how well the tone on tone monochromatic color scheme works here……
Gorgeous tone on tone master bedroom by Marjorie Shushman
Jennifer Lopez’s elegant monochromatic living room by Michelle Workman
Another simply elegant room awash in shades of white and beige by Shannon Bowers with subtle pops of pale blue is charming
Elegant master suite in Wyoming in various shades of beiges’ by Mariette Himes Gomez
Beautiful beige toned covered outdoor porch, a perfect example of how textures and interesting materials make this room work by Hallberg and Wiseley

Fabulous breakfast showcases beige at its best…..by Richard Hallberg and Barbara Wiseley
This beautiful transitional living room in ivory is very elegant
Beautiful quaint but elegant monochromatic kitchen/eating area by Shannon Bowers..so pretty!
A stunning french vintage inspired dining room by Nicholas Haslam
Pretty and inviting breakfast room by Katherine Newman…love the beige chinoiserie
Tall ceilinged beige dining room is punctuated with a splash of color from the purple orchids on the table, by Peter Marino
A pretty entry with a Swedish light wood table and chairs looks tres elegant by Shannon Bowers
Attractive tone on tone living room is serene and inviting by Thad Hayes
Scott Snyder successfully uses a soft yellow on the walls to accent the neutral furniture
This pretty more rustic but elegant dining room by Fern Santini goes for a tone on tone look and ?gets the contrast from the rich woods…very pretty
The beige and neutral upholstery look wonderful against the dark woods on the floors and ceiling beams Traditional Home
A cozy beige bedroom is softly and simply elegant here by Betty Burgess
This pretty living room featuring an informal seating arrangement by Ginger Barber allows for many different types of seating arrangements, love the over sized linen sofa

The stark bone chairs area a nice contrast against the dark of the wide planked floors Traditional Home
This pretty dining room looks like limed oak and has a neutral ivory fabric to keep the neutrality of the room, getting the only color from the beautiful antique Heriz rug…by Paolo Moschino
Soft breezy light colored bedroom gets the only color from the pale blue washed rug by Jim Howard
This attractive monochromatic room blends a few different styles very effectively House Beauitful
This soft tone on tone master bedroom uses a number of different fabrics and textures to add interest to the room by Betsy Burnham
This pretty casually chic bedroom by Ginger Barber goes with tone on tone linens and a light sage colored bench and bed frame
Erin Martin designed this informal dining area in this California home with a fun twist on the chinoiserie inspired china cabinet
Designer Christina Rothman chooses to bring in various textiles to give this tone on tone living room interest but keeping the harmony in the room at the same time
Designer Melissa Rufty gets a simple pop of color in this otherwise beige and gold room with a little pink on the front pillow on the bed
Pretty and cozy beige slipcovered sofa and chairs by Leslie Scaglione

Pretty dining area in slip covered ivory linen makes for a casually elegant space by Leslie Scaglione
Albert Hadley uses touches of soft green in this predominantly beige bedroom
Designer Nancy Price uses this bedrooms tall master bed’s dark wood as the contrast in this room against all the lightness….it is very serene
Catby Kincaid designed an all beige room to perfection here with subtle accents of blue and white….love this room
This tone on tone room gets a little added drama with a darker brown sofa and walls by Jim Howard

Oh the power of pillows! Take them away and you have a beige room..but look what they add!
This bright, airy Hamptons bedroom gets bathed in beige…..more art deco, look at the funky lampshades, they appear to be upside down! Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz?
Pretty,inviting seating area in beige and bronze hues is quietly elegant Phoebe Howard
Let me know if any of these beige rooms struck a chord.?Have an enchanting day!
Giveaway information-
has generously donated this brand new fabulous french occasional chair!
(Retails for $395)

Gorgeous painted Provence chair, ideal for a living room, dining room or a dressing area.

?(The picture is a little blurry, working on getting a clearer one but here is the link to get a great picture and be able to zoom in and get the details…?http://www.safaviehhome.com/product_info.php?cPath=6_44&&noborder=noborder&newPath=44&products_id=2695

Go to www.safaviehhome.com and scoll down for links to their facebook and twitter:

  • Join?Safavieh on facebook and leave a comment on?their?facebook page on what your favorite item is from their site (one entry)
  • Follow Safavieh on Twitter (one entry)
  • Leave me a comment anytime between now and the 17th telling me what your favorite post is since I have been blogging about a month ago…..good luck! (one entry)
  • Actual drawing is Friday, Feb. 18th and I will announce the winner that day on my post


I will use random.org to pick the lucky winner….. this wonderful giveaway will take place on?

Safavieh’s warehouse

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