A few recent house updates…..

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

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

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

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

So come on in……..

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

?Sky and Cherry totes (med and large)

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

A few important things……

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

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

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

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

A few recent house updates…..

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

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

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

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

So come on in……..

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Sky and Cherry totes (med and large)

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

A few important things……

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

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

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

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

Accentuating with accesorries…..and a grand giveaway!

Hello there! Hope you had a great weekend, ours was relaxing and incredibly cold. Let’s face it, accessories are practically one the most important ingredients of a room. Sure you need sofas and chairs, but the accessories are what really gives a room it’s personality, that vibe. I love accessories (obviously) since my online shop is practically all accessories! It’s a surefire way to change up a look, whether you are adding, layering or taking away….its a fast, “instant gratification kind of a way” to transform a space. If you imagine a room without any accessories, it would look rather bleak and incredibly boring. Yes, we definitely need them!

I love “playing” and often do in my own home. Constantly tweaking, adding a few books, maybe a pair of Staffordhsire dogs, it is a constant (but fun) game of experimenting until you get it just right. I hope if you are stumped with how to style a spot in your own home, you might just get some great ideas and inspiration here! I think there’s something for everyone. And chances are you don’t? need to run out and buy anything, it’s probably around and you just don’t know it yet! I get especially excited when I can “reinvent” something I already have in my home (often).

So today a look at some beautiful ways to display accessories and then at the end a wonderful giveaway opportunity courtesy of the ever so lovely Bonnie Neiman of Bonnie Neiman Antiques who has an online shop just dripping with the most beautiful antiques, and best part is her prices are fabulous AND she ships all over the country! Her giveaway is so beautiful, I just know you are going to love it! Ready to begin…..

?The idea of a monochromatic collection in a bookcase is so appealing, very soothing and elegant! AthomeArkansas

Mona Thompson knocked it out of the park with this breathtaking vignette on this console, think I need to order me a cherub statue so I can copy! Love the addition of the books and of course fresh flowers!

?Cathy Kincaid displayed a beautiful collection of blue and whites in this elegant dining room. Proof that one cannot have too many!

Natalie Merrilyn shows that bathroom styling can be really fabulous!

A large jar and bowl on a center table is a winning combination, SF Gate

?A beautiful bedroom by Phoebe Howard, as with other rooms in the house, the bedroom should have
?a sprinkling? of accessories too, candlesticks, a bowl, jars, stacks of books and flowers all work well

?I like this, it draws you right in. Flanked by a tall pair of lamps, there lamps, stacks of books and even an unexpected object like the old fashioned telephone make this so interesting! Pinterest

?This is so cheery and inviting. I love the interest that books give, you immediately feel drawn to see what they are and of course fresh flowers are always a great idea!

?I really like this. Big baskets with books gives this console an interesting layered look, well done! Pottery Barn

?I think the console with two small benches tucked under is very attractive and streamlined looking, Howard

A gorgeous mirrored vanity is the perfect place for a collection of antique mirrored frames, Southern Accents

Always loved old looking statuary as part of a vignette on a console…have to try this! La Vie Abondante

A good reminder to not ignore those outdoor spaces!! Mona Thompson at it again…….gorgeous!

Be sure to not ignore your nightstand! A beautiful lamp, an interesting book or two and a small object or candle can do wonders! I also love the standing artwork here…Georgica Pond

I have always loved (and have done this in my own home) the idea of a cluster of ginger jars tucked under a console

Another reminder of how even the simplest of items placed just right can be so beautiful, Cote De Texas

?Bunny Williams added appropriate accessories to this safari themed feeling space, love the colors, the earthiness of the texture and feeling….beautiful!

One of my style heroes Carolyne Roehm has taught me to look at virtually every container as though it is meant to have flowers in it!

?The idea is to? keep a table interesting, layered and of course pretty!! Bungalow Living

?I am a big fan of hurricanes on a console and this exemplifies how pretty they can look! Caribbean Living

Perhaps no one exemplifies the power of beautiful fresh flowers as a must have accessory as well as Carolyne Roehm does!! Her vignettes are always jaw dropping

?This is well done, I like the large dramatic bust, a touch of greenery, the silver and all the different shapes, really makes an interesting and eye catching vignette, Joy Tribout

For a more modern/transitional space, do love the idea of a few leaning prints along with a tall orchid for height and a few garden benches, looks fabulous while still maintaining that clean aesthetic.

?This somewhat eclectic room has an assortment of interesting objects displayed amongst stacks of books, I think this is a well balance and interesting arrangement, Thornton Designs

I love this! William Eubanks displayed this elegant console to perfection if you ask me, the blue and white theme is front row and center, with big bold pieces that make a true statement

This is beautifully done. Great for a coastal/beach house. Fun and eye catching colors, interesting vignette….nicely done! Shore thing

?Gorgeous living room of Dave DeMattei and Patrick Wade (former executives of Williams Sonoma). Love the styling in this gorgeous room!

?Another stunning example of how books and flowers are a recipe for success! Pinterest

A kitchen should never be overlooked as a place to make a real statement with accessories! Give it some personality! SFtoday

A front center table looks perfect with stacks of organized books and smaller interesting objects, I also like the idea of a center flower display, Thornton Designs

I love this…the large obelisks at the end with the Foo dogs center and a large pair of ginger jars on the bottom, the fact that they are all done in white makes this especially dynamic, Veranda

?Something about this space is so soothing and inviting, I love how a simple pair of vases with gorgeous blossoms flanking either side of the mantle is just enough

?A dramatic black and white front hall has a large table brimming with an elegant assortment of accessories, a bronze, books. fresh flowers, a hurricane, a large piece of coral…a winning combination! AD

Joy Tribout treated this bookcase with a common theme-? silver. I like how she changed up the objects but all in the same finish, it appears very cohesive.

?A beautiful bowl or planter with an orchid is always a sure bet for any spot you are in doubt of! Trust me on this….orchids always save the day:) Decorpad

On my own kitchen island I like to fill over sized blue and white porcelain planters with seasonal flowers…it always adds? so much to my kitchen, the one room I spend a lot of time in in my home!

Love the idea of a large silver bowl filled with shells and coral….very very pretty and fresh. Belle Maison

??????????????
Never underestimate the power of a pair of tall topiaries, they add such drama to this gorgeous console! Bunny Williams

Love the idea of adding a small vignette on a kitchen counter top…..makes it so charming! Add a big bowl with some fruits or veges, a small lamp, a few books….love it! SFgate

So….what do you think? Do you have a “formula” for how you like to use accessories or are you like me and always experimenting? Clearly there is no wrong or right way to do it….it’s all about experimenting and this post has me in the mood to do some tweaking of my own today!

?If there is one thing to take away from the post, it’s that you won’t know until you try….so have fun don’t be afraid to switch it up! Having just, as of yesterday taken down the last of our Christmas decor, it’s feeling a little sparse, think its time to play 🙂

To help you get busy….I am offering this fabulous accessory bowl courtesy of Bonnie from Bonnie Neiman. Think of the possibilities! Feast your eyes on this magnificent white and gold bowl from Portugal……… you choose a beauty Bonny!

Want to win it? Here is how-

Leave a comment here


You must sign up for Bonny Neiman’s website to be eligible, click here to sign up
If you want a second chance, start following her on Instagram, click here to sign up for her Instagram
That’s it! I will announce a lucky winner on Friday morning. Thank you Bonny for the gorgeous giveaway and to everyone else for stopping in. If you want to see more of Bonny’s treasures click here to visit her wonderful shop….
Wishing everyone a fabulous day and start to your week……..

http://www.bonnyneiman.com/

Reminder…the clock is ticking, so don’t forget to send in your kitchen pictures. Got some beauties in so far! Details below.

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

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

Accentuating with accesorries…..and a grand giveaway!

Hello there! Hope you had a great weekend, ours was relaxing and incredibly cold. Let’s face it, accessories are practically one the most important ingredients of a room. Sure you need sofas and chairs, but the accessories are what really gives a room it’s personality, that vibe. I love accessories (obviously) since my online shop is practically all accessories! It’s a surefire way to change up a look, whether you are adding, layering or taking away….its a fast, “instant gratification kind of a way” to transform a space. If you imagine a room without any accessories, it would look rather bleak and incredibly boring. Yes, we definitely need them!

I love “playing” and often do in my own home. Constantly tweaking, adding a few books, maybe a pair of Staffordhsire dogs, it is a constant (but fun) game of experimenting until you get it just right. I hope if you are stumped with how to style a spot in your own home, you might just get some great ideas and inspiration here! I think there’s something for everyone. And chances are you don’t  need to run out and buy anything, it’s probably around and you just don’t know it yet! I get especially excited when I can “reinvent” something I already have in my home (often).

So today a look at some beautiful ways to display accessories and then at the end a wonderful giveaway opportunity courtesy of the ever so lovely Bonnie Neiman of Bonnie Neiman Antiques who has an online shop just dripping with the most beautiful antiques, and best part is her prices are fabulous AND she ships all over the country! Her giveaway is so beautiful, I just know you are going to love it! Ready to begin…..

 The idea of a monochromatic collection in a bookcase is so appealing, very soothing and elegant! AthomeArkansas

Mona Thompson knocked it out of the park with this breathtaking vignette on this console, think I need to order me a cherub statue so I can copy! Love the addition of the books and of course fresh flowers!

 Cathy Kincaid displayed a beautiful collection of blue and whites in this elegant dining room. Proof that one cannot have too many!

Natalie Merrilyn shows that bathroom styling can be really fabulous!

A large jar and bowl on a center table is a winning combination, SF Gate

 A beautiful bedroom by Phoebe Howard, as with other rooms in the house, the bedroom should have
 a sprinkling  of accessories too, candlesticks, a bowl, jars, stacks of books and flowers all work well

 I like this, it draws you right in. Flanked by a tall pair of lamps, there lamps, stacks of books and even an unexpected object like the old fashioned telephone make this so interesting! Pinterest

 This is so cheery and inviting. I love the interest that books give, you immediately feel drawn to see what they are and of course fresh flowers are always a great idea!

 I really like this. Big baskets with books gives this console an interesting layered look, well done! Pottery Barn

 I think the console with two small benches tucked under is very attractive and streamlined looking, Howard

A gorgeous mirrored vanity is the perfect place for a collection of antique mirrored frames, Southern Accents

Always loved old looking statuary as part of a vignette on a console…have to try this! La Vie Abondante

A good reminder to not ignore those outdoor spaces!! Mona Thompson at it again…….gorgeous!

Be sure to not ignore your nightstand! A beautiful lamp, an interesting book or two and a small object or candle can do wonders! I also love the standing artwork here…Georgica Pond

I have always loved (and have done this in my own home) the idea of a cluster of ginger jars tucked under a console

Another reminder of how even the simplest of items placed just right can be so beautiful, Cote De Texas

 Bunny Williams added appropriate accessories to this safari themed feeling space, love the colors, the earthiness of the texture and feeling….beautiful!

One of my style heroes Carolyne Roehm has taught me to look at virtually every container as though it is meant to have flowers in it!

 The idea is to  keep a table interesting, layered and of course pretty!! Bungalow Living

 I am a big fan of hurricanes on a console and this exemplifies how pretty they can look! Caribbean Living

Perhaps no one exemplifies the power of beautiful fresh flowers as a must have accessory as well as Carolyne Roehm does!! Her vignettes are always jaw dropping

 This is well done, I like the large dramatic bust, a touch of greenery, the silver and all the different shapes, really makes an interesting and eye catching vignette, Joy Tribout

For a more modern/transitional space, do love the idea of a few leaning prints along with a tall orchid for height and a few garden benches, looks fabulous while still maintaining that clean aesthetic.

 This somewhat eclectic room has an assortment of interesting objects displayed amongst stacks of books, I think this is a well balance and interesting arrangement, Thornton Designs

I love this! William Eubanks displayed this elegant console to perfection if you ask me, the blue and white theme is front row and center, with big bold pieces that make a true statement

This is beautifully done. Great for a coastal/beach house. Fun and eye catching colors, interesting vignette….nicely done! Shore thing

 Gorgeous living room of Dave DeMattei and Patrick Wade (former executives of Williams Sonoma). Love the styling in this gorgeous room!

 Another stunning example of how books and flowers are a recipe for success! Pinterest

A kitchen should never be overlooked as a place to make a real statement with accessories! Give it some personality! SFtoday

A front center table looks perfect with stacks of organized books and smaller interesting objects, I also like the idea of a center flower display, Thornton Designs

I love this…the large obelisks at the end with the Foo dogs center and a large pair of ginger jars on the bottom, the fact that they are all done in white makes this especially dynamic, Veranda

 Something about this space is so soothing and inviting, I love how a simple pair of vases with gorgeous blossoms flanking either side of the mantle is just enough

 A dramatic black and white front hall has a large table brimming with an elegant assortment of accessories, a bronze, books. fresh flowers, a hurricane, a large piece of coral…a winning combination! AD

Joy Tribout treated this bookcase with a common theme-  silver. I like how she changed up the objects but all in the same finish, it appears very cohesive.

 A beautiful bowl or planter with an orchid is always a sure bet for any spot you are in doubt of! Trust me on this….orchids always save the day:) Decorpad

On my own kitchen island I like to fill over sized blue and white porcelain planters with seasonal flowers…it always adds  so much to my kitchen, the one room I spend a lot of time in in my home!

Love the idea of a large silver bowl filled with shells and coral….very very pretty and fresh. Belle Maison

              
Never underestimate the power of a pair of tall topiaries, they add such drama to this gorgeous console! Bunny Williams

Love the idea of adding a small vignette on a kitchen counter top…..makes it so charming! Add a big bowl with some fruits or veges, a small lamp, a few books….love it! SFgate

So….what do you think? Do you have a “formula” for how you like to use accessories or are you like me and always experimenting? Clearly there is no wrong or right way to do it….it’s all about experimenting and this post has me in the mood to do some tweaking of my own today!

 If there is one thing to take away from the post, it’s that you won’t know until you try….so have fun don’t be afraid to switch it up! Having just, as of yesterday taken down the last of our Christmas decor, it’s feeling a little sparse, think its time to play 🙂

To help you get busy….I am offering this fabulous accessory bowl courtesy of Bonnie from Bonnie Neiman. Think of the possibilities! Feast your eyes on this magnificent white and gold bowl from Portugal……… you choose a beauty Bonny!

Want to win it? Here is how-

Leave a comment here


You must sign up for Bonny Neiman’s website to be eligible, click here to sign up
If you want a second chance, start following her on Instagram, click here to sign up for her Instagram
That’s it! I will announce a lucky winner on Friday morning. Thank you Bonny for the gorgeous giveaway and to everyone else for stopping in. If you want to see more of Bonny’s treasures click here to visit her wonderful shop….
Wishing everyone a fabulous day and start to your week……..

http://www.bonnyneiman.com/

Reminder…the clock is ticking, so don’t forget to send in your kitchen pictures. Got some beauties in so far! Details below.

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

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

Store biz and want to become a sponsor at The Enchanted Home?

Good morning! After many many inquires about advertising/sponsors on my blog I have decided to let a few carefully chosen sponsors place an ad on my blog. If you are interested all you need to do is email me with your information. I will send you the rates and details…and if we are a great match  made in heaven then your ad will appear within a few weeks. I will offer 1 month, 3 and 6 month subscriptions for ads. All ads will include a guest post on your brand, its a great way to get the word out about what you do, sell,etc……

I will be accepting ads that naturally are a great fit with my style and my readership, so anything having to do with all my favorite subjects including but not limited to interior design, bedding, cooking, fashion, online shops, high end etsy shops, decorating,etc……..I have so far, partnered with two wonderful companies  and will take another handful to start. Contact me here for more information…..theenchantedhome@gmail.com.

Moving along……

www.theenchantedhomeshop.com


Some new store biz.….knee deep in starting to receive and process all the Annbel Ingall handbag orders! The first batch has arrived and I will be getting in bags all this week. I ordered some extras of some of the best selling colors so for today only am extending my special promotional pricing which is below. If you are interested don’t miss out….they do not ever sell for these prices!

 The wonderful crossbody, Jojo retails for $320 and the special price is $255.00, very chic looking bag.

Buff

 Honey

 Midnight blue

 Chocolate

 Sky

Then there is the new Coco, a great over the shoulder zippered bag (has three compartments) sells for $495 and I am selling it for $390.
Size is-
10″ x 16″

 String

 Saddle
 Sky
 Honey
It has three zippered compartments

And the famous tote, comes in both large and med. Sells for $495 and 475, I am selling them for $385.00 for large and $360 for medium.
Sizes are-
Large tote  13″ x 22″ Med tote  12″ x 19″

 Black
 Sky
 Cherry
 Citrus
 Midnight blue
If you are interested in purchasing a bag, contact me with your choice of style and color, if I have it I will send an invoice right away. Invoices are expected to be paid within 24 hours otherwise the bag has the right to go to someone else. I understand if something comes up but if you have committed to buying an item and change your mind I only ask that you let me know.

Besides the things I sell day to day, there is also some  “behind the scenes” selling, like helping out with  peoples weddings, events and special occasions. I carry a lot of things not up on my shop, more like specialty items, such as very oversized hurricanes and candelabras.  So if you are ever looking for something special or hard to find, don’t hesitate to contact me.

One of my readers/customers casually mentioned her plight in looking for affordable candelabras and I told her I had a line of them I could show her and it worked out so perfectly, they were far less than anything she had found and she said they came out incredible….cannot wait to see pictures! Also helped someone with 40 blue and white jars that all had to be under 10″ now that’s one party I really cannot wait to see!! So below are a few things from the line (more for every day) as hurricanes and candle holders are items I get a lot of requests for…..these will soon be added to my online shop, but remember I have very large/oversized pieces too for special events! So if you are ever in need……

The beautiful alpaca wraps are sold as a seasonal item. And the alpaca products are only made in certain quantities per season,hand made on a farm upstate NY. The story is really quite incredible. As a final offer on the incredible wraps (I have had mine almost 10 years and it sill looks brand new) and is so much easier to wear than a big heavy coat. Normally these sell for $495.00   but I am offering them right now for $ 275.00. that an exceptionable price and almost HALF for such a high quality wrap. The colors they are available in are below (subject to availability)!

Colors in stock right now (down to 1 or 2 of each color so subject to availability)

black
light grey
orange
brown
red
hunter green
aubergine
ivory

The silver items are definitely one of my all time most popular items. These four planters are the best selling planters. A price increase from my manufacturer as of Jan. 1st means I too have to raise my price (marginally) so don’t miss out if you have had your eye on any of these beauties!  They will be going up by the weekend. Click here to see all the silver items.

Also very excited to be adding a bunch of  beautiful new styles to the incredible “seeing is believing” line of statuary that looks just like old antique statuary but can lifted with on hand.  Seeing this line in person is the only way to fully appreciate how amazing (and well priced) this line is!  Almost every time a customer has received their order they have emailed me over the moon with how gorgeous they are. and the price point is incredible. Here are the new goodies (all available now) but will not be added to my shop until next week.

10 X 29 rectangular windowbox $140.00

28 x 9 “buttons” windowbox $130.00
French garland windowbox 29 x 11 $135.00 (available in one of six colors)

Gorgeous Florentine planter 18 x 18 x 25 $135.00

Another beauty, this urn measures 17 x 17 x 24 $130.00

A regal looking urn, 17 x 17 x 24

Stunning cherub planter 18 x 18 x 14 $140.00

They also carry some beautiful sconces/brackets that can be ordered in one of ten finishes, thinking of carrying them as I do get frequent requests, would love your thoughts!

Amazing line don’t you think! This line is HUGE, there are hundreds of planters and garden accessories, so if you are looking for a particular item or size, contact me….chances are they have it!  Again all the urns will be up on my site hopefully next week but are for sale now, so don’t hesitate to contact me. Share your thoughts on the brackets/sconces, yay or nay?

And very excited about these items due in next week………I am now taking orders on anything below as they are due in soon and tend to sell really fast.

Set of three wonderful vintage feeling flower boxes, but could see a million other uses too! $55.00 for 3

A pretty set of three elegant planters, always love to keep these on hand, they make gift giving even the simplest flower so much more elegant! $60.00 for 3

Love the set of three Anduze planters, in both white and the palest blue $50.00 for 3

$50.00 for 3

Super excited about having gotten these gorgeous vintage feeling mirrored vanity pieces. I had carried the first two items which sold out right away, was thrilled to get my hands on more, am sure they will go fast!

Set of three gorgeous ornate silver lidded etched jars (Sm, med and large) $ 80.00 for set of 3

Stunning etched French vanity box $45.00 (measures 4 x 4 x 5)
Set of 3 vanity boxes with etched jars and lids $75.00
Vintage feeling glass etched bottles set of 3 $70.00
Beautiful mirrored Paris jar/jug $50.00

Get a lot of requests for art…… anyone who knows me knows I LOVE crests ( I must have been a royal in my former life lol). So I was super excited to discover this amazing line of crest prints and pictures. These are high quality and best part is there is a choice of 14 frames that it can be done in. So you get to completely customize your pictures, I hope to have all these goodies on my online shop by next week but they are available to order now if you cannot wait:)

This collection has a total of 16 framed crests in the collection so it would make a fabulous collage wall, whether you put just two or 16, these are amazing! They retail for about $400 each, I will be selling them for $255.00 each.

These are just three of the 16 available….all are exquisite and would make the ultimate gallery wall!

Love these and have already ordered a pair of my own (for my sons room) Think these are fabulous!
Showing them in two different frames…..

And last but certainly not least…a subject near and dear to my heart,  blue and whites! Got a bunch of new pieces,  but there is only one or two of each item so these will not be up on my site. Here are a few to entice you, to see the rest just take a look at the Pinterest board I created by clicking here. If you want to make an inquiry kindly refer to the row and picture order. So if its the second row, third picture, etc……I can send you info, sizing and pricing.

Some great mid sized planters in hard to find sizes ( about 11 x 12)….

And some gorgeous ginger jars and vases….

As always email me at theenchantedhome@gmail.com with any inquiry about any of the items shown on this page.

So that’s whats happening over here! I have a bunch of exciting new things heading this way and I am super thrilled to be sharing it with you.

Also yesterday announced the start of my newest contest, KITCHEN LOVE. Now taking your pictures and I have already gotten some beauties, details below…..

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

Max. two pictures per entrant
They must be your pictures (not taken off the internet)
Please send your pictures to theenchantedhome@gmail.com
You must put Kitchen Love in subject line to insure it is received and included
I am accepting pictures as of today and the deadline is Feb. 8th
The contest will begin Feb. 10th and run for two days.
The lucky winner will receive this beautiful large Spanish olive tray, a gorgeous addition to any kitchen!
Thanks as always for stopping in…wishing you a wonderful day!  We are due to get up to a foot of snow later today!!!!!!! Going to run out while I can as I am a nervous nelly driving in ice and snow. I suddenly have a longing for spring, flinging open my windows and hearing the birds chirp, and you? Until next time………

Store biz and want to become a sponsor at The Enchanted Home?

Good morning! After many many inquires about advertising/sponsors on my blog I have decided to let a few carefully chosen sponsors place an ad on my blog. If you are interested all you need to do is email me with your information. I will send you the rates and details…and if we are a great match? made in heaven then your ad will appear within a few weeks. I will offer 1 month, 3 and 6 month subscriptions for ads. All ads will include a guest post on your brand, its a great way to get the word out about what you do, sell,etc……

I will be accepting ads that naturally are a great fit with my style and my readership, so anything having to do with all my favorite subjects including but not limited to interior design, bedding, cooking, fashion, online shops, high end etsy shops, decorating,etc……..I have so far, partnered with two wonderful companies? and will take another handful to start. Contact me here for more information…..theenchantedhome@gmail.com.

Moving along……

www.theenchantedhomeshop.com


Some new store biz.….knee deep in starting to receive and process all the Annbel Ingall handbag orders! The first batch has arrived and I will be getting in bags all this week. I ordered some extras of some of the best selling colors so for today only am extending my special promotional pricing which is below. If you are interested don’t miss out….they do not ever sell for these prices!

?The wonderful crossbody, Jojo retails for $320 and the special price is $255.00, very chic looking bag.

Buff

?Honey

?Midnight blue

?Chocolate

?Sky

Then there is the new Coco, a great over the shoulder zippered bag (has three compartments) sells for $495 and I am selling it for $390.
Size is-
10″ x 16″

?String

?Saddle
?Sky
?Honey
It has three zippered compartments

And the famous tote, comes in both large and med. Sells for $495 and 475, I am selling them for $385.00 for large and $360 for medium.
Sizes are-
Large tote? 13″ x 22″ Med tote? 12″ x 19″

?Black
?Sky
?Cherry
?Citrus
?Midnight blue
If you are interested in purchasing a bag, contact me with your choice of style and color, if I have it I will send an invoice right away. Invoices are expected to be paid within 24 hours otherwise the bag has the right to go to someone else. I understand if something comes up but if you have committed to buying an item and change your mind I only ask that you let me know.

Besides the things I sell day to day, there is also some? “behind the scenes” selling, like helping out with? peoples weddings, events and special occasions. I carry a lot of things not up on my shop, more like specialty items, such as very oversized hurricanes and candelabras.? So if you are ever looking for something special or hard to find, don’t hesitate to contact me.

One of my readers/customers casually mentioned her plight in looking for affordable candelabras and I told her I had a line of them I could show her and it worked out so perfectly, they were far less than anything she had found and she said they came out incredible….cannot wait to see pictures! Also helped someone with 40 blue and white jars that all had to be under 10″ now that’s one party I really cannot wait to see!! So below are a few things from the line (more for every day) as hurricanes and candle holders are items I get a lot of requests for…..these will soon be added to my online shop, but remember I have very large/oversized pieces too for special events! So if you are ever in need……

The beautiful alpaca wraps are sold as a seasonal item. And the alpaca products are only made in certain quantities per season,hand made on a farm upstate NY. The story is really quite incredible. As a final offer on the incredible wraps (I have had mine almost 10 years and it sill looks brand new) and is so much easier to wear than a big heavy coat. Normally these sell for $495.00 ? but I am offering them right now for $ 275.00. that an exceptionable price and almost HALF for such a high quality wrap. The colors they are available in are below (subject to availability)!

Colors in stock right now (down to 1 or 2 of each color so subject to availability)

black
light grey
orange
brown
red
hunter green
aubergine
ivory

The silver items are definitely one of my all time most popular items. These four planters are the best selling planters. A price increase from my manufacturer as of Jan. 1st means I too have to raise my price (marginally) so don’t miss out if you have had your eye on any of these beauties!? They will be going up by the weekend. Click here to see all the silver items.

Also very excited to be adding a bunch of? beautiful new styles to the incredible “seeing is believing” line of statuary that looks just like old antique statuary but can lifted with on hand.? Seeing this line in person is the only way to fully appreciate how amazing (and well priced) this line is!? Almost every time a customer has received their order they have emailed me over the moon with how gorgeous they are. and the price point is incredible. Here are the new goodies (all available now) but will not be added to my shop until next week.

10 X 29 rectangular windowbox $140.00

28 x 9 “buttons” windowbox $130.00
French garland windowbox 29 x 11 $135.00 (available in one of six colors)

Gorgeous Florentine planter 18 x 18 x 25 $135.00

Another beauty, this urn measures 17 x 17 x 24 $130.00

A regal looking urn, 17 x 17 x 24

Stunning cherub planter 18 x 18 x 14 $140.00

They also carry some beautiful sconces/brackets that can be ordered in one of ten finishes, thinking of carrying them as I do get frequent requests, would love your thoughts!

Amazing line don’t you think! This line is HUGE, there are hundreds of planters and garden accessories, so if you are looking for a particular item or size, contact me….chances are they have it!? Again all the urns will be up on my site hopefully next week but are for sale now, so don’t hesitate to contact me. Share your thoughts on the brackets/sconces, yay or nay?

And very excited about these items due in next week………I am now taking orders on anything below as they are due in soon and tend to sell really fast.

Set of three wonderful vintage feeling flower boxes, but could see a million other uses too! $55.00 for 3

A pretty set of three elegant planters, always love to keep these on hand, they make gift giving even the simplest flower so much more elegant! $60.00 for 3

Love the set of three Anduze planters, in both white and the palest blue $50.00 for 3

$50.00 for 3

Super excited about having gotten these gorgeous vintage feeling mirrored vanity pieces. I had carried the first two items which sold out right away, was thrilled to get my hands on more, am sure they will go fast!

Set of three gorgeous ornate silver lidded etched jars (Sm, med and large) $ 80.00 for set of 3

Stunning etched French vanity box $45.00 (measures 4 x 4 x 5)
Set of 3 vanity boxes with etched jars and lids $75.00
Vintage feeling glass etched bottles set of 3 $70.00
Beautiful mirrored Paris jar/jug $50.00

Get a lot of requests for art…… anyone who knows me knows I LOVE crests ( I must have been a royal in my former life lol). So I was super excited to discover this amazing line of crest prints and pictures. These are high quality and best part is there is a choice of 14 frames that it can be done in. So you get to completely customize your pictures, I hope to have all these goodies on my online shop by next week but they are available to order now if you cannot wait:)

This collection has a total of 16 framed crests in the collection so it would make a fabulous collage wall, whether you put just two or 16, these are amazing! They retail for about $400 each, I will be selling them for $255.00 each.

These are just three of the 16 available….all are exquisite and would make the ultimate gallery wall!

Love these and have already ordered a pair of my own (for my sons room) Think these are fabulous!
Showing them in two different frames…..

And last but certainly not least…a subject near and dear to my heart,? blue and whites! Got a bunch of new pieces,? but there is only one or two of each item so these will not be up on my site. Here are a few to entice you, to see the rest just take a look at the Pinterest board I created by clicking here. If you want to make an inquiry kindly refer to the row and picture order. So if its the second row, third picture, etc……I can send you info, sizing and pricing.

Some great mid sized planters in hard to find sizes ( about 11 x 12)….

And some gorgeous ginger jars and vases….

As always email me at theenchantedhome@gmail.com with any inquiry about any of the items shown on this page.

So that’s whats happening over here! I have a bunch of exciting new things heading this way and I am super thrilled to be sharing it with you.

Also yesterday announced the start of my newest contest, KITCHEN LOVE. Now taking your pictures and I have already gotten some beauties, details below…..

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

Max. two pictures per entrant
They must be your pictures (not taken off the internet)
Please send your pictures to theenchantedhome@gmail.com
You must put Kitchen Love in subject line to insure it is received and included
I am accepting pictures as of today and the deadline is Feb. 8th
The contest will begin Feb. 10th and run for two days.
The lucky winner will receive this beautiful large Spanish olive tray, a gorgeous addition to any kitchen!
Thanks as always for stopping in…wishing you a wonderful day!? We are due to get up to a foot of snow later today!!!!!!! Going to run out while I can as I am a nervous nelly driving in ice and snow. I suddenly have a longing for spring, flinging open my windows and hearing the birds chirp, and you? Until next time………

Blue and white love contest round 2!

Happy Tuesday evening! As promised here is round 2 of the “Blue and white love” contest. Think you can handle even more blue and white beauty? If you missed round 1 yesterday, click here to cast your vote(s).  Pretty incredible so far, don’t you think? Just when you think the blue and white love could not get any prettier….well brace yourself. There is yet more beauty. The talent and devotion to blue and white is unwavering and admirable! I believe every one of these entrants gets instant membership to the “Blue and white for life” club.n

 This is so very difficult. With the vast number of pictures I got it was warranted to split them into two rounds. So as we did with round one, I am will ask you now to make the very difficult decision of voting for a few favorites in round 2! Believe me, I feel your pain and know this is not at all easy and will likely require some back and forth. Just go with the ones that best say “Blue and white love” to you! Happy looking…….

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I know I know…..so many amazing ones! How to choose, not an easy task. Results will be posted on Friday. Due to the sheer number of pictures I received, not only did I break this into two rounds but I also have allowed up to four votes each time you vote. I realize it’s nearly impossible to have just one favorite!

Click here to cast your vote for round 1 if you haven’t already (you can vote daily)  Voting ends Friday morning at 6am EST.

Best part is I decided they will both get a prize:)   Thanks again for stopping in and being part of all the fun. I have so loved doing this. Start thinking about the holidays…..that will be the theme for my December contest. Wishing you a wonderful day.

THANK YOU POLLDADDY for creating a user friendly and reliable poll….I am so relieved to have found you!  You can vote for up to 4 entries at one time, click the box next to the numbers then hit vote at the bottom.
If you want to see where the voting is so far, just click on “see results” on bottom of poll 

Blue and white love contest round 2!

Happy Tuesday evening! As promised here is round 2 of the “Blue and white love” contest. Think you can handle even more blue and white beauty? If you missed round 1 yesterday, click here to cast your vote(s).? Pretty incredible so far, don’t you think? Just when you think the blue and white love could not get any prettier….well brace yourself. There is yet more beauty. The talent and devotion to blue and white is unwavering and admirable! I believe every one of these entrants gets instant membership to the “Blue and white for life” club.n

?This is so very difficult. With the vast number of pictures I got it was warranted to split them into two rounds. So as we did with round one, I am will ask you now to make the very difficult decision of voting for a few favorites in round 2! Believe me, I feel your pain and know this is not at all easy and will likely require some back and forth. Just go with the ones that best say “Blue and white love” to you! Happy looking…….

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I know I know…..so many amazing ones! How to choose, not an easy task. Results will be posted on Friday. Due to the sheer number of pictures I received, not only did I break this into two rounds but I also have allowed up to four votes each time you vote. I realize it’s nearly impossible to have just one favorite!

Click here to cast your vote for round 1 if you haven’t already (you can vote daily)? Voting ends Friday morning at 6am EST.

Best part is I decided they will both get a prize:)?? Thanks again for stopping in and being part of all the fun. I have so loved doing this. Start thinking about the holidays…..that will be the theme for my December contest. Wishing you a wonderful day.

THANK YOU POLLDADDY for creating a user friendly and reliable poll….I am so relieved to have found you!? You can vote for up to 4 entries at one time, click the box next to the numbers then hit vote at the bottom.
If you want to see where the voting is so far, just click on “see results” on bottom of poll?

Which picture best says “blue and white love”?

The Blue and White Love contest is on!

Hi there. I am SO excited to officially start this contest I can barely contain myself! Before we begin, PLEASE be sure you are sitting down, have a clear state of mind, maybe an extra cup of coffee on hand because you are really going to need it to think hard when you get ready to embrace all this beauty!!  The response to this contest was incredibly overwhelming…far exceeded my expectations and blew me away with the sheer beauty and taste level of my readers….so many of these could be front page and center on any major design magazine! I got ideas I didn’t even know existed:)

I got so many entries in fact that I ended up having to split them into two posts. It was just too much for one and I don’t want to be responsible for a sudden epidemic of emergency rooms around the country dealing with a mysterious “blue and white-itis” disease that has plagued legions of devotees:) And because there were so many amazing pictures, I decided to have two winners!

This will run today and part of tomorrow and then tomorrow afternoon I will post round 2 also to run for one and a half days. Voting will continue for both rounds until Friday morning where I will announce the two winners, one from each round as well as announce the next contest and a great giveaway!

Truth is every one of these is a winner. I loved seeing every person’s interpretation of “blue and white love” and I wish I had a prize for each!! I also wish there was room to share some of the many stories that accompanied so many of these pictures. From beautiful artwork, generations old blue and white collections, precious kids and pets adorning blue and white to homes and rooms warranting a magazine spread…there are nearly 200 to enjoy!  But please know I read every single one of the stories  and so enjoyed hearing what was behind your pictures.  So ready to get started? Buckle your seat belt……..here we go!

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Are you still breathing? I know I know, it’s a lot to take in at one sitting……too many beauties! And then we still have round II to contend with, crazy I know:) Who knew there were this many who are as obsessed with blue and white too? I was just floored looking at all of these and feel like I could make the ultimate book on decorating with blue and white:)

So now the hard part, you have to vote. I am trying a new poll, one that allows for four votes per day…..good news if you have a few favorites (which is likely) and you can come back tomorrow and the next day to vote for others. Thank you so much for stopping  in and being part of the blue and white fun! This round will run until Tuesday afternoon, then I will post round 2, however the voting will continue all week long until Friday morning.  Thanks so very  much to everyone who participated, this was so  much fun to watch come together……enjoy your day!

If you missed my long overdue weekend musings post…click here to see it.

I used Polldaddy for the poll that is supposed to be super reliable (fingers crossed)! You can apparently vote on up to 4 at one time, click the box next to the numbers then hit vote at the bottom.

If you want to see where the voting is so far, just click on “see results” on bottom of poll

The Blue and White Love contest is on!

Hi there. I am SO excited to officially start this contest I can barely contain myself! Before we begin, PLEASE be sure you are sitting down, have a clear state of mind, maybe an extra cup of coffee on hand because you are really going to need it to think hard when you get ready to embrace all this beauty!!? The response to this contest was incredibly overwhelming…far exceeded my expectations and blew me away with the sheer beauty and taste level of my readers….so many of these could be front page and center on any major design magazine! I got ideas I didn’t even know existed:)

I got so many entries in fact that I ended up having to split them into two posts. It was just too much for one and I don’t want to be responsible for a sudden epidemic of emergency rooms around the country dealing with a mysterious “blue and white-itis” disease that has plagued legions of devotees:) And because there were so many amazing pictures, I decided to have two winners!

This will run today and part of tomorrow and then tomorrow afternoon I will post round 2 also to run for one and a half days. Voting will continue for both rounds until Friday morning where I will announce the two winners, one from each round as well as announce the next contest and a great giveaway!

Truth is every one of these is a winner. I loved seeing every person’s interpretation of “blue and white love” and I wish I had a prize for each!! I also wish there was room to share some of the many stories that accompanied so many of these pictures. From beautiful artwork, generations old blue and white collections, precious kids and pets adorning blue and white to homes and rooms warranting a magazine spread…there are nearly 200 to enjoy!? But please know I read every single one of the stories? and so enjoyed hearing what was behind your pictures.? So ready to get started? Buckle your seat belt……..here we go!

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Are you still breathing? I know I know, it’s a lot to take in at one sitting……too many beauties! And then we still have round II to contend with, crazy I know:) Who knew there were this many who are as obsessed with blue and white too? I was just floored looking at all of these and feel like I could make the ultimate book on decorating with blue and white:)

So now the hard part, you have to vote. I am trying a new poll, one that allows for four votes per day…..good news if you have a few favorites (which is likely) and you can come back tomorrow and the next day to vote for others. Thank you so much for stopping? in and being part of the blue and white fun! This round will run until Tuesday afternoon, then I will post round 2, however the voting will continue all week long until Friday morning.? Thanks so very? much to everyone who participated, this was so? much fun to watch come together……enjoy your day!

If you missed my long overdue weekend musings post…click here to see it.

I used Polldaddy for the poll that is supposed to be super reliable (fingers crossed)! You can apparently vote on up to 4 at one time, click the box next to the numbers then hit vote at the bottom.

If you want to see where the voting is so far, just click on “see results” on bottom of poll

Which picture best says “blue and white love”?