Architect Spotlight: J. Wilson Fuqua and Associates

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

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

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

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

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

“FALL FABULOUS” CONTEST DETAILS…..


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

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

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

Architect Spotlight: J. Wilson Fuqua and Associates

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

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

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

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

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

“FALL FABULOUS” CONTEST DETAILS…..

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

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

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

Bloggers beautiful abodes…..Tina from The Enchanted Home

Good morning! Hope you have enjoyed my series, Bloggers Beautiful Abodes…I know I have so enjoyed getting to see all my talented blogging friend’s gorgeous homes and learning what goes on during their own creative processes. I have walked away with a wealth of knowledge so thanks again ladies! ? I had many requests for me to do one so here I am. Figured it would be a fun way to close out this series. So….I will spare you a sappy introduction and delve right in, ready? Let’s go…….
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1. How long have you been in your present home?? Is this it for the long haul? Anything you would care to change if you could?? ?

Just a little over a year, hard to believe! And though I like to take things day by day and not think too far into the future,? I think we will be here for a long time….would love to have an engagement or wedding here! (not that I am putting any pressure on my oldest son- he has plenty of time). At this point honestly no there is nothing I would change, we are still very much in the “honeymoon stage”.


2. If you could only live in two rooms of your house, which two would they be?

Don’ t have to think about this too hard…..the kitchen and now my loggia, since we just added the furniture, I can’t seem to stay away from it! My kitchen….. I just love and to me, its the heart of virtually every home, people love gathering in the kitchen, I get such enjoyment from cooking and entertaining and I think I could easily live in these two rooms alone! (have taken a nap on the loggia and it worked for me,? doubled as a makeshift bedroom:)

Still haven’t gotten my new stools…just visualize:)

And the loggia….


3. How would you describe your decorating style??

?Traditional, old world, European (specifically French) inspired.

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4. Do you have a favorite color scheme? What is it?
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Well its no surprise to many I am sure, but? I do love my blue and white, think that’s quite obvious. Love off white, and warm tans with blues. It is important for my environment to feel soothing, relaxing and serene. I think that palette works in almost any home, is easy to coordinate with other colors if you want to bring more in and it’s very soothing and calming and absolutely timeless!

5. Favorite room of your house and why?

Lately my loggia! I think I could live there:) But I also? love my bathroom, love taking bubble baths, closing the door while the chaos ensues beyond my closed doors……..

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6. Best two tips you can give to anyone looking to tackle the decorating of their own home? Best two things to NOT do?


Yes! Take your time (I practice what I preach, only have one really truly “done” room...lol)! Go with your instincts and with what you love. Trust your inner voice. If it is telling you yes or no, listen! Don’t be a trend follower, IF it just so happens its a look you are crazy about and it works, then so be it but don’t fall victim to a trend because you are being told it’s “in”. Chances are you will fall out of love with it well before it’s no longer a trend. Timeless classics are always a great idea!

When choosing paint ALWAYS paint a test swatch. You never know how a color will look in your room. It is amazing to me how different the same paint can look in two different rooms. Last,? invest in the best pieces you can, even if it means having only a few good things vs. a room filled with “stuff”. Quality pays off in the long run.

If I may add one more quickie…there’s no room a blue ginger jar cannot enhance! And I truly mean it, they just look great EVERYWHERE!

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7. What do you think are the most important features for a kitchen?


Definitely an island (if the space allows for it), and if you can load it up with as much storage as possible, even better. At least two huge deep pot drawers, I love mine. A big roomy sink, for those big oversized pots, buckets and watering flowers. Windows! Good light is so important to a kitchen, if you are starting from scratch stand in your kitchen and see what kind of light you get in those hours you know you will be there a lot.?

Storage is key, and if you don’t have built in storage, then you can get small wicker baskets and store them inside cabinets, they work beautifully for organization. ?

? I like unique little containers for storage…like these beautiful brass ones I am about to start carrying, wonderful for my olive oils and spices…..

I love the wooden dividers we had our cabinet maker put in nearly all of the kitchen drawers…..

8. How do you like to dress up a cocktail table and console in a living room?


Definitely adding flowers (change often with the seasons) , an orchid always works. I also like stacks of pretty coffee table books, a small crystal object or bowl. I normally have a candle or two and on? occasion a small frame. Ginger jars or a blue and white tureen ALWAYS works.? I like to experiment and “change things up”.

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9. Any advice on the subject of lighting?



Yes, am a huge fan of lamps and sconces. We put high hats in some of rooms to have the extra lighting if we ever needed it but truth be told, with the exception of the kitchen and my boys rooms, I can count on my left hand how many times we have turned them on. We always turn on the lamps, sconces and chandeliers (way more flattering too)! Dimmers are a great idea to control the mood, love gas lanterns for outside.

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10. Have a favorite paint color? Do tell!


This is boring, but Linen White from Benjamin Moore has gotten us through many a paint dilemma. It’s a creamy white, very neutral and just works. There’s a reason its so popular! When it feels too yellow, we cut it with one part white Dove and its a toned down version. Its a great staple color.


11. What are a couple of really simple inexpensive things you can do in your home to make it feel “homey” and inviting?



For sure, flowers and candles to start! Even getting a bouquet from your local market and putting them in a vase somewhere you spend a lot of time. Lighting a candle or two whose scent you love, nothing is as wonderful as walking into a home that smells good!?

Make a powder room feel special and dress up the vanity or whatever shelving you have with special touches like a beautiful candle, pretty soaps, elegant finger towels, these little touches really add a touch of elegance.? I think starting at the front door, a beautiful welcome mat and pretty planters planted with some kind of greenery and flowers makes a wonderful first impression to not only you but your visitors.

12. Fill in the blank- If money was no object, the very first thing I would buy for my home would be………….

This was easy! A beautiful? conservatory. I am dying for one! It would double as my greenhouse, office and secret playhouse (where I might even keep a daybed) lol.

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So there you have it. Thanks for stopping in and paying me a visit. Hope you enjoyed the series, I certainly did and will hopefully bring it back again in the future. Wishing you a wonderful Monday and a fabulous start to the week! Hope the sun is shining wherever you are:)

Bloggers beautiful abodes…..Tina from The Enchanted Home

Good morning! Hope you have enjoyed my series, Bloggers Beautiful Abodes…I know I have so enjoyed getting to see all my talented blogging friend’s gorgeous homes and learning what goes on during their own creative processes. I have walked away with a wealth of knowledge so thanks again ladies!   I had many requests for me to do one so here I am. Figured it would be a fun way to close out this series. So….I will spare you a sappy introduction and delve right in, ready? Let’s go…….
 

1. How long have you been in your present home?  Is this it for the long haul? Anything you would care to change if you could?   

Just a little over a year, hard to believe! And though I like to take things day by day and not think too far into the future,  I think we will be here for a long time….would love to have an engagement or wedding here! (not that I am putting any pressure on my oldest son- he has plenty of time). At this point honestly no there is nothing I would change, we are still very much in the “honeymoon stage”.


2. If you could only live in two rooms of your house, which two would they be?

Don’ t have to think about this too hard…..the kitchen and now my loggia, since we just added the furniture, I can’t seem to stay away from it! My kitchen….. I just love and to me, its the heart of virtually every home, people love gathering in the kitchen, I get such enjoyment from cooking and entertaining and I think I could easily live in these two rooms alone! (have taken a nap on the loggia and it worked for me,  doubled as a makeshift bedroom:)

Still haven’t gotten my new stools…just visualize:)

And the loggia….


3. How would you describe your decorating style? 

 Traditional, old world, European (specifically French) inspired.

 
4. Do you have a favorite color scheme? What is it?
 


Well its no surprise to many I am sure, but  I do love my blue and white, think that’s quite obvious. Love off white, and warm tans with blues. It is important for my environment to feel soothing, relaxing and serene. I think that palette works in almost any home, is easy to coordinate with other colors if you want to bring more in and it’s very soothing and calming and absolutely timeless!

5. Favorite room of your house and why?

Lately my loggia! I think I could live there:) But I also  love my bathroom, love taking bubble baths, closing the door while the chaos ensues beyond my closed doors……..

 



6. Best two tips you can give to anyone looking to tackle the decorating of their own home? Best two things to NOT do?


Yes! Take your time (I practice what I preach, only have one really truly “done” room...lol)! Go with your instincts and with what you love. Trust your inner voice. If it is telling you yes or no, listen! Don’t be a trend follower, IF it just so happens its a look you are crazy about and it works, then so be it but don’t fall victim to a trend because you are being told it’s “in”. Chances are you will fall out of love with it well before it’s no longer a trend. Timeless classics are always a great idea!

When choosing paint ALWAYS paint a test swatch. You never know how a color will look in your room. It is amazing to me how different the same paint can look in two different rooms. Last,  invest in the best pieces you can, even if it means having only a few good things vs. a room filled with “stuff”. Quality pays off in the long run.

If I may add one more quickie…there’s no room a blue ginger jar cannot enhance! And I truly mean it, they just look great EVERYWHERE!

 

7. What do you think are the most important features for a kitchen?


Definitely an island (if the space allows for it), and if you can load it up with as much storage as possible, even better. At least two huge deep pot drawers, I love mine. A big roomy sink, for those big oversized pots, buckets and watering flowers. Windows! Good light is so important to a kitchen, if you are starting from scratch stand in your kitchen and see what kind of light you get in those hours you know you will be there a lot. 

Storage is key, and if you don’t have built in storage, then you can get small wicker baskets and store them inside cabinets, they work beautifully for organization.  

  I like unique little containers for storage…like these beautiful brass ones I am about to start carrying, wonderful for my olive oils and spices…..

I love the wooden dividers we had our cabinet maker put in nearly all of the kitchen drawers…..

8. How do you like to dress up a cocktail table and console in a living room?


Definitely adding flowers (change often with the seasons) , an orchid always works. I also like stacks of pretty coffee table books, a small crystal object or bowl. I normally have a candle or two and on  occasion a small frame. Ginger jars or a blue and white tureen ALWAYS works.  I like to experiment and “change things up”.

 
9. Any advice on the subject of lighting?



Yes, am a huge fan of lamps and sconces. We put high hats in some of rooms to have the extra lighting if we ever needed it but truth be told, with the exception of the kitchen and my boys rooms, I can count on my left hand how many times we have turned them on. We always turn on the lamps, sconces and chandeliers (way more flattering too)! Dimmers are a great idea to control the mood, love gas lanterns for outside.

 
10. Have a favorite paint color? Do tell!


This is boring, but Linen White from Benjamin Moore has gotten us through many a paint dilemma. It’s a creamy white, very neutral and just works. There’s a reason its so popular! When it feels too yellow, we cut it with one part white Dove and its a toned down version. Its a great staple color.


11. What are a couple of really simple inexpensive things you can do in your home to make it feel “homey” and inviting?



For sure, flowers and candles to start! Even getting a bouquet from your local market and putting them in a vase somewhere you spend a lot of time. Lighting a candle or two whose scent you love, nothing is as wonderful as walking into a home that smells good! 

Make a powder room feel special and dress up the vanity or whatever shelving you have with special touches like a beautiful candle, pretty soaps, elegant finger towels, these little touches really add a touch of elegance.  I think starting at the front door, a beautiful welcome mat and pretty planters planted with some kind of greenery and flowers makes a wonderful first impression to not only you but your visitors.

12. Fill in the blank- If money was no object, the very first thing I would buy for my home would be………….

This was easy! A beautiful  conservatory. I am dying for one! It would double as my greenhouse, office and secret playhouse (where I might even keep a daybed) lol.

 
So there you have it. Thanks for stopping in and paying me a visit. Hope you enjoyed the series, I certainly did and will hopefully bring it back again in the future. Wishing you a wonderful Monday and a fabulous start to the week! Hope the sun is shining wherever you are:)

I am back!

Good late afternoon!? I am back. Missed being in blogland…..even for a few days:) Half of my trip (4 days was spent “college shopping”…it was fun, incredibly cold, and adventurous. It was fun being on the road with my son except for when we fought about me wanting to stop and buy an umbrella and be 5 min late (gasp) to a presentation or when we argued about where to stop and eat. Besides that it was just peachy!? We enjoyed the quality time together and seeing the energy of those college campuses just made me want to be 18 all over again. Youth really is wasted on the young:)

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I was supposed to leave today for VA. but my sister is sick and frankly I am a little wiped out so at my husbands insistence, am staying home and just going to catch up on all kinds of things that need my attention! Nothing like having an unexpected chunk of time to get productive!! So here is what’s new and exciting….

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Got my window treatments done in my kitchen! Love it, it really warms up the space so much and my beloved blue and white fits in beautifully. This is Brunschwig and Fils, Digbys Tent for anyone who wants to know. I think I will have place mats made with my leftover fabric….(taken with my iPhone, better pictures to follow soon)

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Here is the fabric, it was love at first sight…

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The colors here are horrible…but you get the idea!

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I am always on the prowl for really high quality faux flowers. I love flowers and nothing can replace the real deal but since I like to have them all over, it is both practical and maintenance free to have the faux around along with the real. So I was super thrilled to find the best cherry blossoms and fabulous orchid stems I have seen to date, I ordered a? bunch and will be adding them to my online shop under new arrivals. They are incredibly? real looking, beautiful stems, gorgeous blossoms come in 2 lengths, I opted for the “maximum wow factor” and went with the 54″, and the orchids are simply amazing, here they are…….

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Mixed two stems of faux orchids with my real orchids…can you tell which is which?

One of my big jars filled with the white blossoms in my hallway
?The pink version
?And on my living room chest……





? Love them…waiting for my next batch to add a few more stems to each jar

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Getting in some really fabulous new goodies for my shop. I am so excited, haven’t been this thrilled about new goods in a long time! I had mentioned my new tabletop soon to be added, it will up and running in the next day or two along with a tabletop giveaway to celebrate its arrival. Have some stunning new silver additions to my growing family of beautiful silver.? Then got some amazingly beautiful new blue and whites. If you are looking for an incredible and affordable tureen look no more, these are the prettiest I have seen without exaggeration.? So take a look at some of the new goodies! As always if you have any questions/inquires click here to email me. Most of these items are now up in? my online shop, click here to visit me!

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Adore all these new silver pieces…..

LOVE this new planter…..perfect size for your favorite orchids or flowering plant! So elegant!

And how about these two crested beauties! The larger one is? a large planter or a wastepaper basket, love it for a beautiful bathroom……

Love this tray and actually have this in two of my own bathrooms…..a perfect size for any bathrom vanity or I love it for an elegant way to display spices in the kitchen!

And this gorgeous scalloped serving/display tray is perfect for any entertainer….

Check out these magnificent soup tureens…some of the prettiest I have seen!

This stunning Imari tureen makes my heart sing! Love love love it…..the antique version goes for $2500 and up, this one $165!

Doubles as a gorgeous planter and includes the stand

And love this blue and white beauty….

It is “antiqued” and is an identical replica to one that fetches thousands…….

And adore this new Chinese character ginger jar…perfect size alone, as a pair or part of an existing blue and white vignette!

?This is the perfect chunky jar, I call this the “chunkster” for a big spray of your favorite blossoms, branches, flowers, the size and mouth of the opening are just perfect for centerpiece jar, love this piece!! Brand new…. 16″ by 14″ wide

And for all you dough bowl lovers, I got in a box of four bowls (unexpectedly) and have one left to sell..it is 24″ long by about 12″ wide….beautiful! Email me here if you want it.

And here is how I am loving all this blue and white and silver in my own home…………..

The tureen that doubles as a planter..obviously have not added my moss yet but you get the idea!

? Proof that there is simply no such thing as “too much blue and white”!

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Thanks for stopping in and wishing you a wonderful evening! I look forward to spending some time in blogland later and and catching up on all I have missed…..until next time! Have a wonderful evening.

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I am back!

Good late afternoon!  I am back. Missed being in blogland…..even for a few days:) Half of my trip (4 days was spent “college shopping”…it was fun, incredibly cold, and adventurous. It was fun being on the road with my son except for when we fought about me wanting to stop and buy an umbrella and be 5 min late (gasp) to a presentation or when we argued about where to stop and eat. Besides that it was just peachy!  We enjoyed the quality time together and seeing the energy of those college campuses just made me want to be 18 all over again. Youth really is wasted on the young:)
 
I was supposed to leave today for VA. but my sister is sick and frankly I am a little wiped out so at my husbands insistence, am staying home and just going to catch up on all kinds of things that need my attention! Nothing like having an unexpected chunk of time to get productive!! So here is what’s new and exciting….
 
 
Got my window treatments done in my kitchen! Love it, it really warms up the space so much and my beloved blue and white fits in beautifully. This is Brunschwig and Fils, Digbys Tent for anyone who wants to know. I think I will have place mats made with my leftover fabric….(taken with my iPhone, better pictures to follow soon)
 
Here is the fabric, it was love at first sight…
 

 

The colors here are horrible…but you get the idea!

 

 
I am always on the prowl for really high quality faux flowers. I love flowers and nothing can replace the real deal but since I like to have them all over, it is both practical and maintenance free to have the faux around along with the real. So I was super thrilled to find the best cherry blossoms and fabulous orchid stems I have seen to date, I ordered a  bunch and will be adding them to my online shop under new arrivals. They are incredibly  real looking, beautiful stems, gorgeous blossoms come in 2 lengths, I opted for the “maximum wow factor” and went with the 54″, and the orchids are simply amazing, here they are…….
 

Mixed two stems of faux orchids with my real orchids…can you tell which is which?

One of my big jars filled with the white blossoms in my hallway
 The pink version
 And on my living room chest……

  Love them…waiting for my next batch to add a few more stems to each jar
 
Getting in some really fabulous new goodies for my shop. I am so excited, haven’t been this thrilled about new goods in a long time! I had mentioned my new tabletop soon to be added, it will up and running in the next day or two along with a tabletop giveaway to celebrate its arrival. Have some stunning new silver additions to my growing family of beautiful silver.  Then got some amazingly beautiful new blue and whites. If you are looking for an incredible and affordable tureen look no more, these are the prettiest I have seen without exaggeration.  So take a look at some of the new goodies! As always if you have any questions/inquires click here to email me. Most of these items are now up in  my online shop, click here to visit me!
 
 
Adore all these new silver pieces…..

LOVE this new planter…..perfect size for your favorite orchids or flowering plant! So elegant!

And how about these two crested beauties! The larger one is  a large planter or a wastepaper basket, love it for a beautiful bathroom……

Love this tray and actually have this in two of my own bathrooms…..a perfect size for any bathrom vanity or I love it for an elegant way to display spices in the kitchen!

And this gorgeous scalloped serving/display tray is perfect for any entertainer….

Check out these magnificent soup tureens…some of the prettiest I have seen!

This stunning Imari tureen makes my heart sing! Love love love it…..the antique version goes for $2500 and up, this one $165!

Doubles as a gorgeous planter and includes the stand

And love this blue and white beauty….

It is “antiqued” and is an identical replica to one that fetches thousands…….

And adore this new Chinese character ginger jar…perfect size alone, as a pair or part of an existing blue and white vignette!

 This is the perfect chunky jar, I call this the “chunkster” for a big spray of your favorite blossoms, branches, flowers, the size and mouth of the opening are just perfect for centerpiece jar, love this piece!! Brand new…. 16″ by 14″ wide

And for all you dough bowl lovers, I got in a box of four bowls (unexpectedly) and have one left to sell..it is 24″ long by about 12″ wide….beautiful! Email me here if you want it.

And here is how I am loving all this blue and white and silver in my own home…………..

The tureen that doubles as a planter..obviously have not added my moss yet but you get the idea!

  Proof that there is simply no such thing as “too much blue and white”!
 
Thanks for stopping in and wishing you a wonderful evening! I look forward to spending some time in blogland later and and catching up on all I have missed…..until next time! Have a wonderful evening.
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Building a blue and white collection…..and a blue and white giveaway!

Forewarning you are entering a serious blue and white zone…don’t say I didn’t warn you!

I am so flattered that some consider me a blue and white expert:) Thanks for your confidence and faith in my blue and white abilities. One thing is to be sure, I do love it and am in constant awe of its transformative abilities:) One thing I get asked a lot is tips on how to curate or build a blue and white collection. So, as I prepared to answer several of these emails I figured there are probably a bunch of other blue and white enthusiasts out there who might be wanting to know the same thing, hence this post. Lets delve right in…..
 
Blue and white giveaway details on bottom
 
Buy what you love. Yes, I know cliche that it is..it is true! When we really buy what we truly love, we enjoy it more, make more of an effort to find just the right spot, tend to think of more creative ways to reinvent the said item even when we have had it a long time. and because the initial emotion you felt when buying what you love is typically one of admiration and love, chances are high you will always love what you create, take it from me!
 

 Could it get any prettier! I Love the idea of a pair of ginger jars on either end and a bunch of small decorative objects in the center. Then a basket was added on the bottom with another pair of jars, it works! Lonny

Case in point, nothing “matches” here but oh how beautiful it is!

 Proof that there is no such thing as too much blue and white! I love the idea of the blue and white on brackets, a big bowl in center of console, and two large lidded ginger jars on floor, gorgeous! John Bossard

This arrangement is one of my personal faves, a pretty jar or vase that can use for flower display and a pair of ginger jars on the bottom of the console, Ashely Whittaker
 Love this large scaled console filled with blue and white beauties! Oscar de la Renta
I really like this arrangement for a console on a stair landing. I also love the idea of adding the cherry blossoms and am fact doing this myself, Lonny
 This stunning vignette is a picture sent in by a reader who used my small blue and white ormolu box alongside other pretty blue and white and a pretty cherub statue
Displaying blue and whites on brackets is a wonderful way to show off your collection! Elle Decor

 My own table set for a very small luncheon, I mixed the styles, sizes and shades of blue, and just added lots of beautiful spring flowers!

 I also like seeing jars and blue and whites displayed  on a console in different shapes, and think a display plate on an easel is always a nice way to change things up
 

Love the way William Eubanks used an elegant pair of chunky ginger jars on a dining room console which I think always works beautifully

 Shannon Bowers kept a theme going here, a grouping of different shapes and sizes but all with the Chinese letter motif

Rinfret chose a cluster of blue and whites for this elegant center hall table

Nancy Corzine chose to use a cluster of blue and whites on this center table in this beautiful room

 Love the idea of various plates being used on this coffee table and a jar collection being displayed on brackets, Vogue

I love the way Leta Austin Foster used ginger jars in the upper portion of these gorgeous French doors and used a large plate as the top for a small end table

A perfect  way to show you the versatility of a beautiful tureen!

 

Absolutely love the garden seat and large ginger jars displayed as a beautiful arrangement on the floor paired near the sofa, HB

A console vignette in my own home……

 

 Another favorite look, a big cluster of different shaped jars and containers of varying heights and colors…..very eye catching and makes for such an interesting vignette atop an armoire

The idea of three different shapes/colors on a center table is always very effective and so easy to do. J Tribble

Bunny Williams got it right when she decorated a mantle with a batch of handsome large scaled ginger jars, in varying patterns and shades of blue

 Here is my own kitchen island, an example of mixing new and old. The big bowl is antique blue and white and the planters are from my online shop….yet they work beautifully together!
 

 Fabulous collection of assorted shapes and sizes, love the idea of lamps too!
 

 Love blue and white with a pop of color mixed in….so beautiful! Lonny
 

 I always have lots of blue and white on my island…constantly mixing and matching

Adore this room. William Eubanks used a blue and white collection to perfection, different objects, from plates and small jars to large lidded ginger jars, and planters……they are used randomly through the room and the effect is spectacular!
 
 
 
Some of my own reflections on building a collection-
 
Start with a pair of good sized (18′ and up) chunky ginger jars. Ideally ones that have an antique finish.
 
Do not be afraid to change it up. One thing I am not a fan of is a cluster or collection of blue and whites where everything is the same color, shade variation, shape and/or style. Make it interesting and uniquely yours by changing up shapes, colors and depths of blues, styles and heights. 
 
Do not focus on only ginger jars, add a big bowl,  a pair of candlesticks,  a pair of lamps, maybe a blue and white bracket, a pair of blue and white porcelain brackets
 
Do not think a tureen is only for a dining table! This actually is quite a versatile piece that can double as a planter as I used above. It is like a two for one!

A pair of blue and white Staffordshire dogs is a fun way to bring in animals without it being “cutesy”, they are actually very sophisticated

 
Anchoring a vignette with a chunky pair of ginger jars is a no brainer way to starting a great setup. Then you fill in, in the middle with various odds and ends, different shapes, colors and sizes
 
Ginger jars are also wonderful under a console table and atop a large armoire or perched on top  of kitchen cabinetry 
 
Do not buy a piece ONLY because its on sale and a good deal (actually this applies to everything) buy it first and foremost because you love it! 
 
Clusters are a very effective way to instantly creating an elegant vignette. Sometimes you get it right the first go around, other times you need to experiment several times, switch things out, don’t be afraid to play around until you absolutely love it!
 
I have helped many create blue and white vignettes as well as help others their own collection. Below are some great starting pieces….
.

 

 
 
  And for a more transitional space, you could even take a more modern bookcase/curio cabinet and convert it to a virtual blue and white shrine!

 
 
And a recap on some of the many blue and white pieces in my own online store collection….click here to visit my porcelain shop online. Please note a price increase will be taking effect by this weekend on many but not all. (mostly ginger jars and decorative containers). My vendor(s) have raised their prices so I unfortunately need to as well, but its a moderate price increase.

 
 

Well if this doesn’t  have you dreaming in blue and white…don’t know what will! For blue and white lovers like myself, its a deliberate “affliction”  and I am rather relieved there’s no cure in sight! What are your thoughts and tips on collection blue and white? Do you? Have you used blue and white? Are you already a member of the BAWA club (come on you know….blue and white anonymous club)! Do tell……
 
 
And finally to launch your own blue and white collection, I am going to give away this beautiful blue and white flower vase/container. Perfect alone or filled with your favorite flowers, this is a beautiful way to start your own blue and white vignette. Just visit my online porcelains here and come back here to tell me your favorite blue and white piece, that’s it!
 

 
 I will announce a lucky winner on Saturday! Good luck.
 
Wishing everyone a fabulous day!
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Building a blue and white collection…..and a blue and white giveaway!

Forewarning you are entering a serious blue and white zone…don’t say I didn’t warn you!

I am so flattered that some consider me a blue and white expert:) Thanks for your confidence and faith in my blue and white abilities. One thing is to be sure, I do love it and am in constant awe of its transformative abilities:) One thing I get asked a lot is tips on how to curate or build a blue and white collection. So, as I prepared to answer several of these emails I figured there are probably a bunch of other blue and white enthusiasts out there who might be wanting to know the same thing, hence this post. Lets delve right in…..

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Blue and white giveaway details on bottom

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Buy what you love. Yes, I know cliche that it is..it is true! When we really buy what we truly love, we enjoy it more, make more of an effort to find just the right spot, tend to think of more creative ways to reinvent the said item even when we have had it a long time. and because the initial emotion you felt when buying what you love is typically one of admiration and love, chances are high you will always love what you create, take it from me!

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?Could it get any prettier! I Love the idea of a pair of ginger jars on either end and a bunch of small decorative objects in the center. Then a basket was added on the bottom with another pair of jars, it works! Lonny

Case in point, nothing “matches” here but oh how beautiful it is!

?Proof that there is no such thing as too much blue and white! I love the idea of the blue and white on brackets, a big bowl in center of console, and two large lidded ginger jars on floor, gorgeous! John Bossard

This arrangement is one of my personal faves, a pretty jar or vase that can use for flower display and a pair of ginger jars on the bottom of the console, Ashely Whittaker
?Love this large scaled console filled with blue and white beauties! Oscar de la Renta
I really like this arrangement for a console on a stair landing. I also love the idea of adding the cherry blossoms and am fact doing this myself, Lonny
?This stunning vignette is a picture sent in by a reader who used my small blue and white ormolu box alongside other pretty blue and white and a pretty cherub statue
Displaying blue and whites on brackets is a wonderful way to show off your collection! Elle Decor

?My own table set for a very small luncheon, I mixed the styles, sizes and shades of blue, and just added lots of beautiful spring flowers!

?I also like seeing jars and blue and whites displayed? on a console in different shapes, and think a display plate on an easel is always a nice way to change things up

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Love the way William Eubanks used an elegant pair of chunky ginger jars on a dining room console which I think always works beautifully

?Shannon Bowers kept a theme going here, a grouping of different shapes and sizes but all with the Chinese letter motif

Rinfret chose a cluster of blue and whites for this elegant center hall table

Nancy Corzine chose to use a cluster of blue and whites on this center table in this beautiful room

?Love the idea of various plates being used on this coffee table and a jar collection being displayed on brackets, Vogue

I love the way Leta Austin Foster used ginger jars in the upper portion of these gorgeous French doors and used a large plate as the top for a small end table


A perfect? way to show you the versatility of a beautiful tureen!

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Absolutely love the garden seat and large ginger jars displayed as a beautiful arrangement on the floor paired near the sofa, HB

A console vignette in my own home……

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?Another favorite look, a big cluster of different shaped jars and containers of varying heights and colors…..very eye catching and makes for such an interesting vignette atop an armoire

The idea of three different shapes/colors on a center table is always very effective and so easy to do. J Tribble

Bunny Williams got it right when she decorated a mantle with a batch of handsome large scaled ginger jars, in varying patterns and shades of blue

?Here is my own kitchen island, an example of mixing new and old. The big bowl is antique blue and white and the planters are from my online shop….yet they work beautifully together!

?

?Fabulous collection of assorted shapes and sizes, love the idea of lamps too!

?

?Love blue and white with a pop of color mixed in….so beautiful! Lonny

?

?I always have lots of blue and white on my island…constantly mixing and matching

Adore this room. William Eubanks used a blue and white collection to perfection, different objects, from plates and small jars to large lidded ginger jars, and planters……they are used randomly through the room and the effect is spectacular!

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Some of my own reflections on building a collection-

?

Start with a pair of good sized (18′ and up) chunky ginger jars. Ideally ones that have an antique finish.

?


Do not be afraid to change it up. One thing I am not a fan of is a cluster or collection of blue and whites where everything is the same color, shade variation, shape and/or style. Make it interesting and uniquely yours by changing up shapes, colors and depths of blues, styles and heights.?

?


Do not focus on only ginger jars, add a big bowl,? a pair of candlesticks,? a pair of lamps, maybe a blue and white bracket, a pair of blue and white porcelain brackets

?


Do not think a tureen is only for a dining table! This actually is quite a versatile piece that can double as a planter as I used above. It is like a two for one!

A pair of blue and white Staffordshire dogs is a fun way to bring in animals without it being “cutesy”, they are actually very sophisticated


?

Anchoring a vignette with a chunky pair of ginger jars is a no brainer way to starting a great setup. Then you fill in, in the middle with various odds and ends, different shapes, colors and sizes

?

Ginger jars are also wonderful under a console table and atop a large armoire or perched on top? of kitchen cabinetry?

?

Do not buy a piece ONLY because its on sale and a good deal (actually this applies to everything) buy it first and foremost because you love it!?

?


Clusters are a very effective way to instantly creating an elegant vignette. Sometimes you get it right the first go around, other times you need to experiment several times, switch things out, don’t be afraid to play around until you absolutely love it!


?
I have helped many create blue and white vignettes as well as help others their own collection. Below are some great starting pieces….
.

?

?

?

? And for a more transitional space, you could even take a more modern bookcase/curio cabinet and convert it to a virtual blue and white shrine!

?

?

And a recap on some of the many blue and white pieces in my own online store collection….click here to visit my porcelain shop online. Please note a price increase will be taking effect by this weekend on many but not all. (mostly ginger jars and decorative containers). My vendor(s) have raised their prices so I unfortunately need to as well, but its a moderate price increase.

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Well if this doesn’t? have you dreaming in blue and white…don’t know what will! For blue and white lovers like myself, its a deliberate “affliction”? and I am rather relieved there’s no cure in sight! What are your thoughts and tips on collection blue and white? Do you? Have you used blue and white? Are you already a member of the BAWA club (come on you know….blue and white anonymous club)! Do tell……

?

?

And finally to launch your own blue and white collection, I am going to give away this beautiful blue and white flower vase/container. Perfect alone or filled with your favorite flowers, this is a beautiful way to start your own blue and white vignette. Just visit my online porcelains here and come back here to tell me your favorite blue and white piece, that’s it!

?

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?I will announce a lucky winner on Saturday! Good luck.

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Wishing everyone a fabulous day!

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Mid week musings…..and a seriously fabulous giveaway!

Forewarning…as these posts tend to be, this is another long one. Somehow they grow from being average sized posts to mega marathons……. My advice? Dont’ read standing up, take an extra five minutes and relax, grab a cup of coffee and hope you enjoy!

Good Wednesday morning to you. I am so enjoying the nippier air that has finally taken over,  have had a lot of rain which does not make for great hair days but I am loving this cooler weather…. the leaves in this part of town are just now starting to turn ever so subtly. I figure in a few weeks it will be in its prime. How about in your neck of the woods? A lot of different areas to cover today, so lets begin shall we! Do not forget to read all the way to the bottom where I provide all the details for one heck of an exciting giveaway!!


Thought this little Hermes tidbit was sooo interesting! You just never know what your local postman is up to in his spare time…lol!

HERMES SCARVES’ ARTIST IS TEXAS POSTAL WORKER

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Hermes Scarves' Artist is Texas Postal Worker
Turns out the one behind the famous French fashion label’s limited edition scarves is not a trained Parisian artist, but a postal worker from Waco, Texas, named Kermit Oliver.

Oliver sifts mail during the day, and paints at night. According to the Texas Monthly, who recently did a revealing profile on the artist, noted that Oliver was discovered in the 1980s by then Hermes CEO Jean-Louis Dumas. He has since kept his job at the Post Office, preferring a simple and quieter life to one of fame and notoriety. His artwork, most well-known for its intricacy of design and depictions of flora, fauna, and exotic animals, is produced in limited edition. Over the past 30 years, he has designed 16 exquisite scarves for Hermes, each of which take anywhere from six to nine months to create. His exceptional designs are so sought after, that his scarves usually sell out immediately in stores, and if they do end up on eBay, sell for at least $800, according to the Texas Monthly. Hermes scarves usually sell for anywhere between $200-$500.

We’re off the to closest Michael’s crafts store to start getting creative ourselves!


I am sooooo excited and sooooo flattered to have gotten an email from Homegoods, yes as in that “mega  growing by leaps and bounds billion dollar company”, that Homegoods!! They emailed me to tell me I am one of their favorite blogs!! Imagine my delight, just drives home the point that you truly never know who is reading your blog! 

 Furthermore…..they also said that they were just launching their “stylescope‘ in which one can find out what their style is and for the classic choice, yours truly’s blog was the first choice for that category so The Enchanted Home will be a permanent fixture on their site!! It will be up any day now.
 I am  so excited and flattered…then to boot, we are going to be working on different things together. And to launch this new cozy friendship, they have so generously offered up my readers the chance to win a $500 gift card to any Homegoods in the U.S.! And you know that 500 big ones goes a long long way in their stores chock full of beautiful bargains! All details on bottom…thanks to my new bff I mean Homegoods!



Super excited to finally be getting our loggia flooring done! We were waiting for the ceiling to be completed and there were a few stone elements that weren’t done but alas they are done and the bluestone floor is in progress, VERY excited over this and I am ordering the furniture this week so hopefully we can enjoy a late fall/early winter cozied up next to the fireplace!! We chose Pennsylvania bluestone which is more even toned, less varied in the shading since we were going with a pattern, this made the most sense. Here’s a sneak peek of it in progress, hopefully by next week I can show you the big reveal!

In progress…….

A before…….

Always like to include recipes that I have  tried and loved  since I am believer in their magical powers…so have to share. Well friends, this is one such recipe. I promise you this is worth every chop, slice and hour that you put into it. Heavenly and the ultimate comfort food. I just made it and was hailed a hero.  Your family will deem you Julia Child worthy! Be sure to include crusty fresh bread……

BEEF BOURGUIGNON

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


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

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


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


Some store biz…..the napkin rings are the buzz word lately. Am up to my ears in these darling treasures, I just know they are going to become collectibles sooner than later. Very special pieces, click here to see them in my shop! Also met with a vendor who sells to names like Ralph Lauren, Martha Stewart, Ritz Carlton and many famous designers. I was able to buy  some of his gorgeous crystal and glass hurricanes, small vases,etc……they are really spectacular pieces and I am lucky enough to have a few already in my own home. They are very old looking which is why I love them but they are perfect because they are new! Mine are heavily discounted, and are available on a first come first serve basis. I have a limited quantity of a few crystal urns with tops, hurricanes and small crystal urns. Highly decorative and super elegant…take a look! Email me here if you are interested in any of these pieces. As I only have a few of each I am probably not going to be listing them on my online store.

This stands about 20″ tall and about 8″ wide

Gorgeous hand cut

The etching is all hand one….beautiful!

Very heavy and amazing quality.

And the darling napkin rings including a few newer ones…..

Also had been on the prowl for some chunky ginger jars that had a lot of white but had that antiqued look that is so desired well at last I found them…let me present the three newest family members to my growing blue and white family! How gorgeous are they? They are now up for sale in my online shop, click here to visit my blue and white porcelain shop.

And you might remember when I first opened my store, I had this  STUNNING very Herend like tureen, I sold out right away but am happy to say I just scored two more tureeens and some of the beautiful decorative plates and a few pair of lamps. LOVE this pattern, so rich and elegant!

As always feel free to email me with any questions regarding any of my products/online store or for anything you might be looking for but cannot find. Click here to email me.

Finally I know like me, you love to see who took top prize for my Which would you choose series….so here’s the top three results for both the handbag edition and the recent front door post. What can I say you all have truly superb taste!!
                                        Top three for the handbags…each one soooo beautiful!

And the front door post…here’s the top three! Several were neck in neck, but no losers here!
The first two tied for first place…..

This one was a close second…
And this one a close third..it was fierce!
So did your favorite make it?

Still with me? Then read on about this amazing giveaway I am offering…….Want to win a $500 gift card from Homegoods? Its simple to enter….all you need to do is visit their newly launched Stylescope by clicking here. Come back and tell me what style you are. That’s it….you are automatically entered!  I will announce a lucky winner on Monday, Oct. 15th.

If you want a second chance, visit my online store, click here and come back to tell me an item that might find its way on your holiday list or you can let me know on Facebook.

 Remember all anonymous users, if you don’t put your first name and last name initial you are not in the running!! Ditto for those who use only a first name, I must have your last name initial to include you. Best of luck…some lucky winner is going to have one fabulous shopping spree. Thanks Homegoods! And thank you for stopping in…wishing everyone an enchanted day!

Mid week musings…..and a seriously fabulous giveaway!

Forewarning…as these posts tend to be, this is another long one. Somehow they grow from being average sized posts to mega marathons……. My advice? Dont’ read standing up, take an extra five minutes and relax, grab a cup of coffee and hope you enjoy!



Good Wednesday morning to you. I am so enjoying the nippier air that has finally taken over, ?have had a lot of rain which does not make for great hair days but I am loving this cooler weather…. the leaves in this part of town are just now starting to turn ever so subtly. I figure in a few weeks it will be in its prime. How about in your neck of the woods? A lot of different areas to cover today, so lets begin shall we! Do not forget to read all the way to the bottom where I provide all the details for one heck of an exciting giveaway!!

















Thought this little Hermes tidbit was sooo interesting! You just never know what your local postman is up to in his spare time…lol!






HERMES SCARVES’ ARTIST IS TEXAS POSTAL WORKER

Share this page?44?7?32
Hermes Scarves' Artist is Texas Postal Worker
Turns out the one behind the famous French fashion label’s limited edition scarves is not a trained Parisian artist, but a postal worker from Waco, Texas, named Kermit Oliver.

Oliver sifts mail during the day, and paints at night. According to the?Texas Monthly, who recently did a revealing profile on the artist, noted that Oliver was discovered in the 1980s by then?Hermes?CEO Jean-Louis Dumas. He has since kept his job at the Post Office, preferring a simple and quieter life to one of fame and notoriety. His artwork, most well-known for its intricacy of design and depictions of flora, fauna, and exotic animals, is produced in limited edition. Over the past 30 years, he has designed 16 exquisite scarves for Hermes, each of which take anywhere from six to nine months to create. His exceptional designs are so sought after, that his scarves usually sell out immediately in stores, and if they do end up on eBay, sell for at least $800, according to the Texas Monthly. Hermes scarves usually sell for anywhere between $200-$500.

We’re off the to closest Michael’s crafts store to start getting creative ourselves!






I am sooooo excited and sooooo flattered to have gotten an email from Homegoods, yes as in that “mega ?growing by leaps and bounds billion dollar company”, that?Homegoods!! They emailed me to tell me I am one of their favorite blogs!! Imagine my delight, just drives home the point that you truly never know who is reading your blog!?

?Furthermore…..they also said that they were just launching their “stylescope‘ in which one can find out what their style is and for the classic choice, yours truly’s blog was the first choice for that category so The Enchanted Home will be a permanent?fixture on their site!! It will be up any day now.


?I am ?so excited and flattered…then to boot, we are going to be working on different things together. And to launch this new cozy friendship, they have so generously offered up my readers the chance to win a $500 gift card to any Homegoods in the U.S.! And you know that 500 big ones goes a long long way in their stores chock full of beautiful bargains! All details on bottom…thanks to my new bff I mean Homegoods!











Super excited to finally be getting our loggia flooring done! We were waiting for the ceiling to be completed and there were a few stone elements that weren’t done but alas they are done and the bluestone floor is in progress, VERY excited over this and I am ordering the furniture this week so hopefully we can enjoy a late fall/early winter cozied up next to the fireplace!! We chose Pennsylvania bluestone which is more even toned, less varied in the shading since we were going with a pattern, this made the most sense. Here’s a sneak peek of it in progress, hopefully by next week I can show you the big reveal!

In progress…….

A before…….



Always?like to include recipes that I have ?tried and loved ?since I am believer in their magical powers…so have to share. Well friends, this is one such recipe. I promise you this is worth every chop, slice and hour that you put into it. Heavenly and the ultimate comfort food. I just made it and was hailed a hero. ?Your family will deem you Julia Child worthy! Be sure to include crusty fresh bread……







BEEF BOURGUIGNON

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


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

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


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






Some store biz…..the napkin rings are the buzz word lately. Am up to my ears in these darling treasures, I just know they are going to become collectibles sooner than later. Very special pieces, click here to see them in my shop! Also met with?a vendor who sells to names like Ralph Lauren, Martha Stewart, Ritz Carlton and many famous designers. I was able to buy ?some of his gorgeous crystal and glass hurricanes, small vases,etc……they are really spectacular pieces and I am lucky enough to have a few already in my own home. They are very old looking which is why I love them but they are perfect because they are new! Mine are heavily discounted, and are available on a first come first serve basis. I have a limited quantity of a few crystal urns with tops, hurricanes and small crystal urns. Highly decorative and super elegant…take a look! Email me here if you are interested in any of these pieces. As I only have a few of each I am probably not going to be listing them on my online store.



This stands about 20″ tall and about 8″ wide

Gorgeous hand cut

The etching is all hand one….beautiful!

Very heavy and amazing quality.

And the darling napkin rings including a few newer ones…..

Also had been on the prowl for some chunky ginger jars that had a lot of white but had that antiqued look that is so desired well at last I found them…let me present the three newest family members to my growing blue and white family! How gorgeous are they? They are now up for sale in my online shop, click here to visit my blue and white porcelain shop.

And you might remember when I first opened my store, I had this ?STUNNING very Herend like tureen, I sold out right away but am happy to say I just scored two more tureeens and some of the beautiful decorative plates and a few pair of lamps. LOVE this pattern, so rich and elegant!

As always feel free to email me with any questions regarding any of my products/online store or for anything you might be looking for but cannot find. Click here to email me.




Finally I know like me, you love to see who took top prize for my Which would you choose series….so here’s the top three results for both the handbag edition and the recent front door post. What can I say you all have truly superb taste!!


? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? Top three for the handbags…each one soooo beautiful!

And the front door post…here’s the top three! Several were neck in neck, but no losers here!
The first two tied for first place…..

This one was a close second…
And this one a close third..it was fierce!
So did your favorite make it?

Still with me? Then read on about this amazing giveaway I am offering…….Want to win a $500 gift card from Homegoods??Its simple to enter….all you need to do is visit their newly?launched?Stylescope?by clicking here. Come back and tell me what style you are.?That’s it….you are automatically entered!? I will announce a lucky winner on Monday, Oct. 15th.

If you want a second chance, visit my online store, click here and come back to tell me an item that might find its way on your holiday list or you can let me know on?Facebook.

?Remember all anonymous users, if you don’t put your first name and last name initial you are not in the running!! Ditto for those who use only a first name, I must have your last name initial to include you. Best of luck…some lucky winner is going to have one fabulous shopping spree. Thanks?Homegoods! And thank you for stopping in…wishing everyone an enchanted day!