Things I am loving Thursday and house updates!

Good morning….I don’t want anyone feeling too badly for me about my rant on Tuesday, though I did enjoy the attention and the kind words:) I know life could be worse than sitting alone with Teddy alone on Halloween night looking out at the?dark empty street with nary a trick?or treater in sight (unless you count the Chinese speaking rapper upstairs who moonlights as ?my teen aged son..lol). It wasn’t a great day (coupled with many other things that went wrong that day) but you better believe next Halloween I am going to celebrate like no jack o lantern or goblin has ever seen!?




?Pulling out all the stops, maybe an intimate dinner with close friends or even a party, my imagination is the only thing in my way, there will be no stopping me! But seriously thank you for all your kind words….meant so much, you have no idea!?But now that Halloween is a done deal, I cannot believe Christmas is going into full swing!! Yesterday in my town they were already putting up Christmas wreaths and decor…huh? Where DID the time go?



Its been a crazy week (yea I know what else is new) so much happening over at the house, but we are chugging right along. I suffer from migraines and am taking Relpax but it makes me dizzy and very tired. Migraines last few months have been frequent and pretty bad, I am sure very much stress related. ?You cannot possibly understand unless you are going through it how the “devil really is in the details” and to say its painstakingly slow is an understatement. We are really hoping and praying to move in this month, but in a few weeks I will know better, as loose ends start tying up.



A few questions to answer-



For my guest post on Pretty Pink Tulips yesterday (please visit if you didn’ t get to see it), got some inquiries about the boots and the bag featured. The boots are from Frye ?and the bag is from Bottega Veneta.

Then many of you loved my new coat that I ordered and wanted to know who made it and where they could find it..thanks I am flattered (just hope I don’t look like a snowman in it) It is from Soia and Kyo, think its Canadian and you can now buy it on Bluefly and lucky you its on sale for less than I paid!!

And this comment from an “anonymous” poster ?and I quote

?”Love the Tori Burch bags and the cookie cups!! Just wondering why you never post any pics of you home now or yourself…..only pics of things you like from other places. Your “dream home” is beautiful….but is it yours really?? I just starting to get a weird feeling about this blog. Have a great Saturday!!”

Yes, it really is my house and if you follow my blog you will see I post updates every single Thursday!! Thanks for the compliment. I think. (this had to make me laugh)
Who makes this flatware? First one believe it or not is from Pottery Barn and the second one is from Horchow?
Where is this caned bench from? Love it too, its from Chelsea Textiles
That about wraps up the questions, if I left something out just let me know!

HOUSE UPDATES. Butlers pantry is officially done except paint but need your advice on knobs, see below! Kitchen is getting painted, range coming in next week (Put it off until paint is done) ceiling treatment got done, will include pics below and paint is pretty much done upstairs. Now they are just staring doorknobs and carpet coming in Nov.10th…woo hoo! The limestone around front entrance is moving along, but we are waiting for the rest of it coming on Nov.7th but I had to include a picture of the gorgeous design that is going above the front door, seeing it suddenly made this maddening long wait a little more worth?it. OK, a lot more worth?it. Enough chatting, here is the low down……



Please excuse these not so great pictures, they were shot at night and I have yet to figure out how to set my camera for night pictures, its always a crap shoot when I take them…..



First coat of stain in back stair hall
Ahh, this is a little better!
Laundry room just getting put in

Back stairs going down to basement
Was trying to get a ceiling shot of finished ceiling

Need your honest advice here…they sent me the wrong sized knobs for the butlers, they are ?the larger sized knobs, not sure if I think they are too big or not, included several not so great pictures…please tell me what you really thing, should I take them off (not a huge deal ) and get the smaller knobs? They are bout 1/4 inch smaller……

Hardware done in butlers

?The rest are the family room pretty much done!! Except for mantle due in about 3 weeks…..

Test colors for family room
And I had to show you this, hot off the presses and en route to us in a few days, the completed carved limestone that will grace our front door entrance surround

BELLA CUCINA. I have written about them before but really really like their products. Found them a few years ago and have since remained devoted to a few products in particular. Great to have on hand for unexpected guests and especially wonderful to have around the holidays! ?Some of my personal faves are the artichoke lemon pesto which is out of this world ?(and don’t you love their pretty packaging) and the walnut sage pesto is really yummy too. Then you have olives, flatbreads, many other pestos, gift sets and you are talking about one fabulous little line! ?Click here to visit them.

And found out they have a shop/cafe in Atlanta…has anyone been? I would love to visit!!

A FEW GREAT BOOKS. I have had my Charles Faudree books for some time, the minute one comes out I am signed up to get it. I have to say few books offer the kind of “bang for your buck” that his books do. As we are just starting to think about decorating our home, I am resorting more to magazines and my book collection. Few have me going back over and over, every page of every one of his books is so chock full of detail, he is such a master. I have really enjoyed going through each and every page and sometimes seeing small details I missed the first few times I saw them….cannot recommend his books highly enough!! Seriously they are like the gift that keeps on giving! Charles if you are reading this (Just kidding) please come out with another!!



A SINFULLY GOOD COOKIE RECIPE. OK, we are back to food. I am sorry, I know I did many of you in when I shared the amazing oatmeal cookie recipe, but now it has competition. These are soooooo good, and of course because my hubby loves pistachios, you just know being the devoted wife i am that I just have to make these of course and naturally I will have to sample? a few to be sure they are acceptable for my hubby and kids to eat. The only moral thing to do is share with you the recipe. Proceed at your own risk:)

Ingredients for Pistachio cream cheese cookies

1/2 cup butter, softened?
1 3 ounce package cream cheese, softened?
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder?
1/4 teaspoon salt?
1? egg?
1?teaspoon vanilla?
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour?
2? teaspoons finely shredded orange or lemon peel (optional)?
1/2 cup finely chopped lightly salted pistachio nuts
In a large bowl, combine butter and cream cheese. Beat with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add powdered sugar, baking powder, and salt. Beat until combined, scraping bowl occasionally. Beat in egg and vanilla until combined. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Using a wooden spoon, stir in any remaining flour. If desired, stir in orange peel.
Divide dough in half. Shape each half into a 7-1/2-inch-long roll (about 1-1/2 inches in diameter). Roll in pistachio nuts. Wrap each roll in plastic wrap or waxed paper. Chill about 1 hour or until dough is firm enough to slice. Or freeze dough for up to 2 months.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Cut rolls into 1/4-inch slices. Place 1 inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake in the preheated oven for 7 to 9 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Transfer to a wire rack; cool. Makes about 44 cookies.

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VAGABOND HOUSE. Love this line and every year around the holidays, I buy a piece or two for myself (early birthday gift) and a few to give as special gifts for Christmas . They are expensive but are like collectible items. If you are seriously interested in a piece, contact me as I am able to get a significant discount. The line is just exquisite. Here’s a look at some of their amazing pieces……click here to visit Vagabond House.

A FUN STYLE QUIZ. While visiting?my buddy, Elizabeth’s great blog yesterday, Pine Cone and Acorns (Love the name and its a fantastic blog) I came across this style quiz! It was so much fun, takes just a minute….aren’t you curious as to what your style is? Mine came up two different ways the two times I took it and I have to say it for the most part, pegged me and my style quite accurately. It’s a lot of fun! ?Click on link below to launch quiz.

? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?http://www.stylishhome.com/Design/Style-Maker-Quiz

Well folks that about wraps things up over here. Off to a busy day and wishing everyone a fantastic day!! Tomorrow is the next “which would you choose” hope you will swing by to cast your vote!

PS Red Door Home was so kind to feature my blog as her “Blog of the month”. I am so incredibly honored!! She did a such a lovely write up….thank you Stacy! Please visit by clicking here.

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Things I am loving Thursday and house updates!

Good morning….I don’t want anyone feeling too badly for me about my rant on Tuesday, though I did enjoy the attention and the kind words:) I know life could be worse than sitting alone with Teddy alone on Halloween night looking out at the dark empty street with nary a trick or treater in sight (unless you count the Chinese speaking rapper upstairs who moonlights as  my teen aged son..lol). It wasn’t a great day (coupled with many other things that went wrong that day) but you better believe next Halloween I am going to celebrate like no jack o lantern or goblin has ever seen! 

 Pulling out all the stops, maybe an intimate dinner with close friends or even a party, my imagination is the only thing in my way, there will be no stopping me! But seriously thank you for all your kind words….meant so much, you have no idea! But now that Halloween is a done deal, I cannot believe Christmas is going into full swing!! Yesterday in my town they were already putting up Christmas wreaths and decor…huh? Where DID the time go?

Its been a crazy week (yea I know what else is new) so much happening over at the house, but we are chugging right along. I suffer from migraines and am taking Relpax but it makes me dizzy and very tired. Migraines last few months have been frequent and pretty bad, I am sure very much stress related.  You cannot possibly understand unless you are going through it how the “devil really is in the details” and to say its painstakingly slow is an understatement. We are really hoping and praying to move in this month, but in a few weeks I will know better, as loose ends start tying up.

A few questions to answer-

For my guest post on Pretty Pink Tulips yesterday (please visit if you didn’ t get to see it), got some inquiries about the boots and the bag featured. The boots are from Frye  and the bag is from Bottega Veneta.

Then many of you loved my new coat that I ordered and wanted to know who made it and where they could find it..thanks I am flattered (just hope I don’t look like a snowman in it) It is from Soia and Kyo, think its Canadian and you can now buy it on Bluefly and lucky you its on sale for less than I paid!!

And this comment from an “anonymous” poster  and I quote

 “Love the Tori Burch bags and the cookie cups!! Just wondering why you never post any pics of you home now or yourself…..only pics of things you like from other places. Your “dream home” is beautiful….but is it yours really?? I just starting to get a weird feeling about this blog. Have a great Saturday!!”

Yes, it really is my house and if you follow my blog you will see I post updates every single Thursday!! Thanks for the compliment. I think. (this had to make me laugh)
Who makes this flatware? First one believe it or not is from Pottery Barn and the second one is from Horchow 
Where is this caned bench from? Love it too, its from Chelsea Textiles
That about wraps up the questions, if I left something out just let me know!

HOUSE UPDATES. Butlers pantry is officially done except paint but need your advice on knobs, see below! Kitchen is getting painted, range coming in next week (Put it off until paint is done) ceiling treatment got done, will include pics below and paint is pretty much done upstairs. Now they are just staring doorknobs and carpet coming in Nov.10th…woo hoo! The limestone around front entrance is moving along, but we are waiting for the rest of it coming on Nov.7th but I had to include a picture of the gorgeous design that is going above the front door, seeing it suddenly made this maddening long wait a little more worth it. OK, a lot more worth it. Enough chatting, here is the low down……

Please excuse these not so great pictures, they were shot at night and I have yet to figure out how to set my camera for night pictures, its always a crap shoot when I take them…..

First coat of stain in back stair hall
Ahh, this is a little better!
Laundry room just getting put in

Back stairs going down to basement
Was trying to get a ceiling shot of finished ceiling

Need your honest advice here…they sent me the wrong sized knobs for the butlers, they are  the larger sized knobs, not sure if I think they are too big or not, included several not so great pictures…please tell me what you really thing, should I take them off (not a huge deal ) and get the smaller knobs? They are bout 1/4 inch smaller……

Hardware done in butlers

 The rest are the family room pretty much done!! Except for mantle due in about 3 weeks…..

Test colors for family room
And I had to show you this, hot off the presses and en route to us in a few days, the completed carved limestone that will grace our front door entrance surround

BELLA CUCINA. I have written about them before but really really like their products. Found them a few years ago and have since remained devoted to a few products in particular. Great to have on hand for unexpected guests and especially wonderful to have around the holidays!  Some of my personal faves are the artichoke lemon pesto which is out of this world  (and don’t you love their pretty packaging) and the walnut sage pesto is really yummy too. Then you have olives, flatbreads, many other pestos, gift sets and you are talking about one fabulous little line!  Click here to visit them.

And found out they have a shop/cafe in Atlanta…has anyone been? I would love to visit!!

A FEW GREAT BOOKS. I have had my Charles Faudree books for some time, the minute one comes out I am signed up to get it. I have to say few books offer the kind of “bang for your buck” that his books do. As we are just starting to think about decorating our home, I am resorting more to magazines and my book collection. Few have me going back over and over, every page of every one of his books is so chock full of detail, he is such a master. I have really enjoyed going through each and every page and sometimes seeing small details I missed the first few times I saw them….cannot recommend his books highly enough!! Seriously they are like the gift that keeps on giving! Charles if you are reading this (Just kidding) please come out with another!!

A SINFULLY GOOD COOKIE RECIPE. OK, we are back to food. I am sorry, I know I did many of you in when I shared the amazing oatmeal cookie recipe, but now it has competition. These are soooooo good, and of course because my hubby loves pistachios, you just know being the devoted wife i am that I just have to make these of course and naturally I will have to sample  a few to be sure they are acceptable for my hubby and kids to eat. The only moral thing to do is share with you the recipe. Proceed at your own risk:)

Ingredients for Pistachio cream cheese cookies

1/2 cup butter, softened 
1 3 ounce package cream cheese, softened 
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder 
1/4 teaspoon salt 
1  egg 
1 teaspoon vanilla 
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 
2  teaspoons finely shredded orange or lemon peel (optional) 
1/2 cup finely chopped lightly salted pistachio nuts
In a large bowl, combine butter and cream cheese. Beat with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add powdered sugar, baking powder, and salt. Beat until combined, scraping bowl occasionally. Beat in egg and vanilla until combined. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Using a wooden spoon, stir in any remaining flour. If desired, stir in orange peel.
Divide dough in half. Shape each half into a 7-1/2-inch-long roll (about 1-1/2 inches in diameter). Roll in pistachio nuts. Wrap each roll in plastic wrap or waxed paper. Chill about 1 hour or until dough is firm enough to slice. Or freeze dough for up to 2 months.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Cut rolls into 1/4-inch slices. Place 1 inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake in the preheated oven for 7 to 9 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Transfer to a wire rack; cool. Makes about 44 cookies.

            

VAGABOND HOUSE. Love this line and every year around the holidays, I buy a piece or two for myself (early birthday gift) and a few to give as special gifts for Christmas . They are expensive but are like collectible items. If you are seriously interested in a piece, contact me as I am able to get a significant discount. The line is just exquisite. Here’s a look at some of their amazing pieces……click here to visit Vagabond House.

A FUN STYLE QUIZ. While visiting my buddy, Elizabeth’s great blog yesterday, Pine Cone and Acorns (Love the name and its a fantastic blog) I came across this style quiz! It was so much fun, takes just a minute….aren’t you curious as to what your style is? Mine came up two different ways the two times I took it and I have to say it for the most part, pegged me and my style quite accurately. It’s a lot of fun!  Click on link below to launch quiz.

                               http://www.stylishhome.com/Design/Style-Maker-Quiz

Well folks that about wraps things up over here. Off to a busy day and wishing everyone a fantastic day!! Tomorrow is the next “which would you choose” hope you will swing by to cast your vote!

PS Red Door Home was so kind to feature my blog as her “Blog of the month”. I am so incredibly honored!! She did a such a lovely write up….thank you Stacy! Please visit by clicking here.

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Things I am loving Thursdays and house update!

Happy Thursday! My favorite day of the week because I get to share what I am loving. It is so much fun to discover something new and exciting. Granted most of what I am loving and discovering is house related since it seems almost all I do is in some way, shape or form related to the building of our house. ?In fact it was funny the other day, I had to buy something to wear for an event I am attending and went clothes shopping (whats that?) I hadn’t gone in so long, it felt a little foreign but don’t get me wrong it was a lot of fun! And I could definitely get used to it again…lol. It is just amazing how this whole building process totally consumes you. I wake up in the morning thinking of wood stains and go to bed totally absorbed by bathroom tiles and paint colors…it just never seems to end! But I suppose that day will come (can’t imagine when) where I will be finally be in, settled and decorated wondering what to do next. (yea, I know you are thinking when you are 90 years old and gray) OK, moving on………..





HOUSE UPDATES. Definitely the thing I am loving the most this week! It is very exciting to see things turn the corner as they have….we are officially in the finishing stages and though we will be here for a long long time just to be out of the construction stage is a fantastic feeling!It really looks almost like a finished house! It just so happens on the day I took these pictures, we had an uncannily 75 degree day, so I went on a little photo session outdoors and took many beautiful (in my humble opinion) shots of the property with my trusty assistant, Teddy in tow.

West elevation

North elevation

The original pool house which we will eventually redo, but for now it will remain as is

Opposite side of the house from breakfast side (walkout basement side) East elevation

Teddy inspecting latest delivery of limestone coping

Teddy walking home after a long hard days work



First sign of spring! Daffodils have sprung!!!
A side view….

Fountain from original house

I love this view
Part of the a small fountain that we will restore
One of the many original stone benches behind the bushes
The chairs are there for the milder days to just sit out and relax a bit
Teddy assessing the progress

Needs work but it is a beautiful setting with the mature landscape

From the pool

Tony putting up crown moldings for us to try
One sons bathroom in progress

A GREAT NEW LIGHTING AND ACCESSORIES RESOURCE. I discovered this neat company and just love their things! From lighting to small occasional furniture, to various accessories, they have a superb selection of great things for the home! I can see a grouping of 2 or 3 of these lanterns above a big island (as in mine) and several of these sconces in a bathroom or dressing area…and love that bench! What do you think? I am in love with all of these goodies! (Currey and Company)

Click here to visit!



CHINOISERIE. This has not been kept under wraps, throughout my short blogging history..I have made my love for chinoisiere no secret. It is one of my absolute favorite decorating elements. I cannot wait to use it in my dining room and formal powder room. I am having a local artist put together some samples of her work (she is uber talented) and I may be using her to paint murals for both of these rooms. In fact, I am meeting her this afternoon. ?I go back and forth on colors as lets face it..chinoiseire looks pretty fabulous in a whole host of colors! But in the dining room I am going for a more “antiqued” look while in the powder room I am leaning towards a blue/gray/green cast paper. There are a few things I just won’t budge on..one was my kitchen floor, the other is the chinoiserie. I would rather have white walls until I can do this…nothing else will do! Here are some inspirations…do you like chinoiserie?
A relatives house with antique chinoiserie panels…my real dream!
LANTERNS ABOVE AN ISLAND. In looking all over for divine inspiration for my island I have pretty much decided to go the way of using lanterns above the island. First I love the look, its so classic and European influenced and I love the fact that you don’t see it nearly as often as you see the ordinary kitchen lighting that you typically see in every design magazine coming and going. I love some of the lanterns above from Currey, and am still continuing to look until I have to make a decision. I don’t want something too formal or jazzy I want something that looks old and ever so slightly rustic. What are your thoughts?
Chelsea Elizabeth Interior Design Blog

J Tribble

GREAT GOURMET FOOD. I love great food, what can I say what is life without great food! One line which I discovered years ago and whose products I stock regularly in my home is Bella Cucina. They are an award winning product line, good enough for Oprahs O list that makes some seriously great products from their kitchen to your table. From their pestos and brushettas to flatbreads and pastas, anything I have had has been FANTASTIC. My personal favorites are their artichoke lemon pesto which I could literally devour by the gallon (yes its that good) the fresh basil pesto, their olive oils and their spinach artichoke brushetta spread. Their flatbreadlol. I have also tried some of their online recipes which were really good..so if you are looking for a few recipe inspirations and want to explore their site, click here.
FUN THINGS FOR THE TABLE AND COPPER POTS. I love setting a beautiful table. I also love history and architecture and when you have the opportunity to combine the three…how can you resist. So how neat are these napkin rings from Dransfield and Ross? Featuring four iconic structures, the pagoda, Eiffel tower, The Empire state building and the Taj Mahal…..love them! Also while we are on the subject of kitchens, I am very overdue for a good set of pots…haven’t bought them in many years and the ones I am using have been seriously abused. The ones I have my eye on are the Ruffoni line…not only are they incredibly gorgeous ?but apparently cooking in these copper pots which is the choice of the best chefs around the world due to their superb ability to conduct and evenly distribute heat is sublime. The line is just beautiful!

BEING MY OWN FLORIST. I love flowers…I always joke in my next life I want to be a party planner/florist extraordinaire. I loooove?creating pretty arrangements around the house with?my own containers and get really inspired around spring, summer and Christmas. This week with spring in the air, I went a little nuts and went orchid, hydrangea and spring flower shopping and had so much fun putting them in my own containers. Here is a sampling of my “creations”.

OK…so that is just a sampling of what I am loving this week….as I always say what is life without beautiful things to inspire us and keep us going? I love discovering and admiring sensational new finds. I am so inspired by beauty and great style. Would love to know what you are loving and what is exciting you this week…..please share! Hope you have a wonderfully enchanting day!

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Things I am loving Thursdays and house update!

Happy Thursday! My favorite day of the week because I get to share what I am loving. It is so much fun to discover something new and exciting. Granted most of what I am loving and discovering is house related since it seems almost all I do is in some way, shape or form related to the building of our house.  In fact it was funny the other day, I had to buy something to wear for an event I am attending and went clothes shopping (whats that?) I hadn’t gone in so long, it felt a little foreign but don’t get me wrong it was a lot of fun! And I could definitely get used to it again…lol. It is just amazing how this whole building process totally consumes you. I wake up in the morning thinking of wood stains and go to bed totally absorbed by bathroom tiles and paint colors…it just never seems to end! But I suppose that day will come (can’t imagine when) where I will be finally be in, settled and decorated wondering what to do next. (yea, I know you are thinking when you are 90 years old and gray) OK, moving on………..


HOUSE UPDATES. Definitely the thing I am loving the most this week! It is very exciting to see things turn the corner as they have….we are officially in the finishing stages and though we will be here for a long long time just to be out of the construction stage is a fantastic feeling!It really looks almost like a finished house! It just so happens on the day I took these pictures, we had an uncannily 75 degree day, so I went on a little photo session outdoors and took many beautiful (in my humble opinion) shots of the property with my trusty assistant, Teddy in tow.

West elevation

North elevation

The original pool house which we will eventually redo, but for now it will remain as is

Opposite side of the house from breakfast side (walkout basement side) East elevation

Teddy inspecting latest delivery of limestone coping

Teddy walking home after a long hard days work


First sign of spring! Daffodils have sprung!!!
A side view….

Fountain from original house

I love this view
Part of the a small fountain that we will restore
One of the many original stone benches behind the bushes
The chairs are there for the milder days to just sit out and relax a bit
Teddy assessing the progress

Needs work but it is a beautiful setting with the mature landscape

From the pool

Tony putting up crown moldings for us to try
One sons bathroom in progress

A GREAT NEW LIGHTING AND ACCESSORIES RESOURCE. I discovered this neat company and just love their things! From lighting to small occasional furniture, to various accessories, they have a superb selection of great things for the home! I can see a grouping of 2 or 3 of these lanterns above a big island (as in mine) and several of these sconces in a bathroom or dressing area…and love that bench! What do you think? I am in love with all of these goodies! (Currey and Company)
Click here to visit!

CHINOISERIE. This has not been kept under wraps, throughout my short blogging history..I have made my love for chinoisiere no secret. It is one of my absolute favorite decorating elements. I cannot wait to use it in my dining room and formal powder room. I am having a local artist put together some samples of her work (she is uber talented) and I may be using her to paint murals for both of these rooms. In fact, I am meeting her this afternoon.  I go back and forth on colors as lets face it..chinoiseire looks pretty fabulous in a whole host of colors! But in the dining room I am going for a more “antiqued” look while in the powder room I am leaning towards a blue/gray/green cast paper. There are a few things I just won’t budge on..one was my kitchen floor, the other is the chinoiserie. I would rather have white walls until I can do this…nothing else will do! Here are some inspirations…do you like chinoiserie?
A relatives house with antique chinoiserie panels…my real dream!
LANTERNS ABOVE AN ISLAND. In looking all over for divine inspiration for my island I have pretty much decided to go the way of using lanterns above the island. First I love the look, its so classic and European influenced and I love the fact that you don’t see it nearly as often as you see the ordinary kitchen lighting that you typically see in every design magazine coming and going. I love some of the lanterns above from Currey, and am still continuing to look until I have to make a decision. I don’t want something too formal or jazzy I want something that looks old and ever so slightly rustic. What are your thoughts?
Chelsea Elizabeth Interior Design Blog

J Tribble

GREAT GOURMET FOOD. I love great food, what can I say what is life without great food! One line which I discovered years ago and whose products I stock regularly in my home is Bella Cucina. They are an award winning product line, good enough for Oprahs O list that makes some seriously great products from their kitchen to your table. From their pestos and brushettas to flatbreads and pastas, anything I have had has been FANTASTIC. My personal favorites are their artichoke lemon pesto which I could literally devour by the gallon (yes its that good) the fresh basil pesto, their olive oils and their spinach artichoke brushetta spread. Their flatbreadlol. I have also tried some of their online recipes which were really good..so if you are looking for a few recipe inspirations and want to explore their site, click here.
FUN THINGS FOR THE TABLE AND COPPER POTS. I love setting a beautiful table. I also love history and architecture and when you have the opportunity to combine the three…how can you resist. So how neat are these napkin rings from Dransfield and Ross? Featuring four iconic structures, the pagoda, Eiffel tower, The Empire state building and the Taj Mahal…..love them! Also while we are on the subject of kitchens, I am very overdue for a good set of pots…haven’t bought them in many years and the ones I am using have been seriously abused. The ones I have my eye on are the Ruffoni line…not only are they incredibly gorgeous  but apparently cooking in these copper pots which is the choice of the best chefs around the world due to their superb ability to conduct and evenly distribute heat is sublime. The line is just beautiful!

BEING MY OWN FLORIST. I love flowers…I always joke in my next life I want to be a party planner/florist extraordinaire. I loooove creating pretty arrangements around the house with my own containers and get really inspired around spring, summer and Christmas. This week with spring in the air, I went a little nuts and went orchid, hydrangea and spring flower shopping and had so much fun putting them in my own containers. Here is a sampling of my “creations”.

OK…so that is just a sampling of what I am loving this week….as I always say what is life without beautiful things to inspire us and keep us going? I love discovering and admiring sensational new finds. I am so inspired by beauty and great style. Would love to know what you are loving and what is exciting you this week…..please share! Hope you have a wonderfully enchanting day!

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