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

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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!

Random Sunday musings and a winner!

Good morning! Hope you are having a wonderful and peaceful weekend. Things are pretty calm over here, no complaints! This is one of those posts that’s all over the map. A few updates, a new round of “tag” questions and a few odds and ends. First order of business however is to announce the winner of the stunning transferware pitcher from Bonny Neiman. I used Randompicker to pick a winner. ?Congratulations to….



Prize ID Winner ID Public Info Private Info Random Sorting ID Weight
1: pitcher 1288801 nita jo 00294FA9-A9F8-45C0-81B8-520D474E964F 1




Please contact me ASAP to provide your shipping details.



A few things happening on the homefront. Not a whole lot this week. I must say my concentration has been trying to wrap up the remaining work here in the house, yes we still have quite a few workers here so it doesn’t totally feel like my house yet as I am sharing it during the day with a bunch of workers. I am ready to close the door to all of them however. I want my house back!?

I am also busy working on the online store which I have to say is really exciting for me as I love the things I am carrying, very anxious to show you everything! As far as the lantern debate, thank you all of you who commented, but to be clear the lanterns are not black, they are a antique brass and are a very nice compliment to the hardware on the stove, FYI. At this point I have decided to keep them on order and will get them in April. I am likely going to hang them and try them out for a few days…then make my decision. You know you are going to be right there with me and that once again I will be asking for your help.





So first another picture of the lantern which shows the finish better…

And speaking of new lighting…meet the newest addition to our lighting family..this in a small vestibule between library and living room, its a beautiful antique fixture we were told from France.

Wallpaper has been a buzz word this week. For a few bathrooms……
This is a small guest bathroom…..what do you think of the white and tan toile with the white and tan basketweave floor? I want it feeling French and feminine

Close up of the floors

Decided on this one for the powder room…both were beautiful, not a bad choice but somehow the yellow adds a certain freshness to this room and it gets a lot of sunlight, so I think this will be a nice compliment to the pale gray and white marble

Horrible pics…I apologize. But remember this one? Well as is often the case its the very first one I chose for the main powder room and I have gone back to it, as my favorite. It really works so well. Thoughts?
Remember this great little French chair? Thinking of reupholstering it in a pretty soft blue and white linen and adding it to my bathroom.
OK moving on……

Next item up for discussion….Stacy from Conspicuous Style, yes that Stacy, the uber talented designer who has that gorgeous?droolworthy?home, “tagged’ me and though I had already been tagged and participated, her questions were too good not to take on. So here I am in another round, I think this is actually a fantastic way to get to know more about our favorite bloggers, what excites them, makes them tick and how they view life in general. So here is Stacy’s very insightful and thought provoking questions…..




How old would you be if you didn?t know how old you are? This really made me pause Stacy, I had to wrestle with this one a bit?… but finally I think I would be 20, my whole life ahead of me, anything is possible! No aches and pains, like a young chick, eager and ready to take life by the horns!
What is your least favorite quote? Probably when someone says “hold on a second” I mean seriously why say it, and it REALLY gets to me when someone says hold on “half a second” I mean do you really think its going to a be half a ?second? Do you just feel cool saying “half a second”? ?Why not say what you mean and just say can you hold for 2 or 3 minutes? Geez!
(As you can tell this is a sore subject….. I was kept holding today for far too long)!
What?s something you know you do differently than most people? How I sometimes get myself to sleep if I am having trouble.I imagine I am “stuck’ in a small but beautiful ski cottage way up on the mountain in the middle of a major snowstorm, the fireplace is roaring and its the ultimate in comfort/cozy. Somehow this image soothes me and normally I drift off like a little baby…..
What one thing have you not done that you really want to do??Well if you asked me this 2 years ago…my number one thing to do would be to ATTEMPT to Climb Mt. Everest! I kid you not…I was totally obsessed with it, seeing every movie/documentary, devouring every book, really taken with the idea. No, I am not a mountain climber and the only time I climbed a mountain worth mentioning is when we were in Scottsdale and did a day hike, (all the while I was envisioning it was me climbing Everest and my husband and kids were my sherpas…lol

?Has your greatest fear ever come true? No and I hope it never will!
Would you rather lose all of your old memories, or never be able to make new ones? Never be able to make new ones…..I could and never would be able to give up my old memories, they are far too precious and keep me connected to the past.
?What would be the hardest thing for you to give up??COFFEE no hesitation there! But chocolate would be ?a very close second, and truth is if you included caramel and nuts in that chocolate, the coffee and chocolate might have to wrestle each other to the ground to see which really is the one that would be hardest to give up:)
What’s your worst/best memory of high school and why? Best memory is ?all of my friends, being in the Prom court and overall having a great time in High school, worst memory is my boyfriend Jim and I breaking up right before Prom. Major drama…and imagine all that with no cell phones, no facebook to make this announcement, no texting! How did I survive!
What is the most rewarding experience you have had and what made it so? Probably despite its peaks and valleys, the experience of motherhood, its been overall really rewarding, cannot imagine life without my boys, and its really incredible to?play such ?a big role in helping to shape someones life.
If you had the chance to go back in time for 24 hours, where and when would you go? Honestly to some point when all three of my sons were all young, ?like under 8. I have such great memories about bathing them early, putting them in their freshly laundered cozy pjs, ?ALL OF US being dressed for bed?at 5:30, hunkering down for Barney or some other cartoon and eating together as a family! When I closed my eyes knowing they were all safely ensconced in their little beds….priceless! Good times!

? If you could have only 3 electrical appliances in your house, what would they be and why? Coffee maker, computer and washer! I need my coffee, cannot live with my computer and simply cannot imagine hand washing clothes:)


Now my turn! This time I am asking every reader to participate! All you need to do is copy and paste the questions in the comment section below and answer in one word. I cannot wait to hear from you! Thanks Stacy for keeping this going….love these thought provoking exercises that allow us to think about whats really important and get to know each other better in the process. Wishing everyone a fabulous Sunday!

If there could only be one season year round which would you choose?

You get to spend a month in Europe, and can only go to one place..is it Italy or France?

Red wine, white wine or champagne?

Dogs or cats?

One word that best describes your life right now.

One job you haven’t had that would be a dream job.

One famous person you would love to meet.

One movie that you could watch again and again.

You are given a plane ticket to fly anywhere in the world this weekend, where are you going?

One decade you wish you could have lived in (including this one).

If you had to change your name, what would you name yourself?


Have fun!

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Random Sunday musings and a winner!

Good morning! Hope you are having a wonderful and peaceful weekend. Things are pretty calm over here, no complaints! This is one of those posts that’s all over the map. A few updates, a new round of “tag” questions and a few odds and ends. First order of business however is to announce the winner of the stunning transferware pitcher from Bonny Neiman. I used Randompicker to pick a winner.  Congratulations to….

Prize ID Winner ID Public Info Private Info Random Sorting ID Weight
1: pitcher 1288801 nita jo 00294FA9-A9F8-45C0-81B8-520D474E964F 1


Please contact me ASAP to provide your shipping details.

A few things happening on the homefront. Not a whole lot this week. I must say my concentration has been trying to wrap up the remaining work here in the house, yes we still have quite a few workers here so it doesn’t totally feel like my house yet as I am sharing it during the day with a bunch of workers. I am ready to close the door to all of them however. I want my house back! 
I am also busy working on the online store which I have to say is really exciting for me as I love the things I am carrying, very anxious to show you everything! As far as the lantern debate, thank you all of you who commented, but to be clear the lanterns are not black, they are a antique brass and are a very nice compliment to the hardware on the stove, FYI. At this point I have decided to keep them on order and will get them in April. I am likely going to hang them and try them out for a few days…then make my decision. You know you are going to be right there with me and that once again I will be asking for your help.


So first another picture of the lantern which shows the finish better…

And speaking of new lighting…meet the newest addition to our lighting family..this in a small vestibule between library and living room, its a beautiful antique fixture we were told from France.

Wallpaper has been a buzz word this week. For a few bathrooms……
This is a small guest bathroom…..what do you think of the white and tan toile with the white and tan basketweave floor? I want it feeling French and feminine

Close up of the floors

Decided on this one for the powder room…both were beautiful, not a bad choice but somehow the yellow adds a certain freshness to this room and it gets a lot of sunlight, so I think this will be a nice compliment to the pale gray and white marble

Horrible pics…I apologize. But remember this one? Well as is often the case its the very first one I chose for the main powder room and I have gone back to it, as my favorite. It really works so well. Thoughts?
Remember this great little French chair? Thinking of reupholstering it in a pretty soft blue and white linen and adding it to my bathroom.
OK moving on……

Next item up for discussion….Stacy from Conspicuous Style, yes that Stacy, the uber talented designer who has that gorgeous droolworthy home, “tagged’ me and though I had already been tagged and participated, her questions were too good not to take on. So here I am in another round, I think this is actually a fantastic way to get to know more about our favorite bloggers, what excites them, makes them tick and how they view life in general. So here is Stacy’s very insightful and thought provoking questions…..

How old would you be if you didn?t know how old you are? This really made me pause Stacy, I had to wrestle with this one a bit?… but finally I think I would be 20, my whole life ahead of me, anything is possible! No aches and pains, like a young chick, eager and ready to take life by the horns!
What is your least favorite quote? Probably when someone says “hold on a second” I mean seriously why say it, and it REALLY gets to me when someone says hold on “half a second” I mean do you really think its going to a be half a  second? Do you just feel cool saying “half a second”?  Why not say what you mean and just say can you hold for 2 or 3 minutes? Geez!
(As you can tell this is a sore subject….. I was kept holding today for far too long)!
What?s something you know you do differently than most people? How I sometimes get myself to sleep if I am having trouble.I imagine I am “stuck’ in a small but beautiful ski cottage way up on the mountain in the middle of a major snowstorm, the fireplace is roaring and its the ultimate in comfort/cozy. Somehow this image soothes me and normally I drift off like a little baby…..
What one thing have you not done that you really want to do? Well if you asked me this 2 years ago…my number one thing to do would be to ATTEMPT to Climb Mt. Everest! I kid you not…I was totally obsessed with it, seeing every movie/documentary, devouring every book, really taken with the idea. No, I am not a mountain climber and the only time I climbed a mountain worth mentioning is when we were in Scottsdale and did a day hike, (all the while I was envisioning it was me climbing Everest and my husband and kids were my sherpas…lol

 Has your greatest fear ever come true? No and I hope it never will!
Would you rather lose all of your old memories, or never be able to make new ones? Never be able to make new ones…..I could and never would be able to give up my old memories, they are far too precious and keep me connected to the past.
 What would be the hardest thing for you to give up? COFFEE no hesitation there! But chocolate would be  a very close second, and truth is if you included caramel and nuts in that chocolate, the coffee and chocolate might have to wrestle each other to the ground to see which really is the one that would be hardest to give up:)
What’s your worst/best memory of high school and why? Best memory is  all of my friends, being in the Prom court and overall having a great time in High school, worst memory is my boyfriend Jim and I breaking up right before Prom. Major drama…and imagine all that with no cell phones, no facebook to make this announcement, no texting! How did I survive!
What is the most rewarding experience you have had and what made it so? Probably despite its peaks and valleys, the experience of motherhood, its been overall really rewarding, cannot imagine life without my boys, and its really incredible to play such  a big role in helping to shape someones life.
If you had the chance to go back in time for 24 hours, where and when would you go? Honestly to some point when all three of my sons were all young,  like under 8. I have such great memories about bathing them early, putting them in their freshly laundered cozy pjs,  ALL OF US being dressed for bed at 5:30, hunkering down for Barney or some other cartoon and eating together as a family! When I closed my eyes knowing they were all safely ensconced in their little beds….priceless! Good times!

  If you could have only 3 electrical appliances in your house, what would they be and why? Coffee maker, computer and washer! I need my coffee, cannot live with my computer and simply cannot imagine hand washing clothes:)

Now my turn! This time I am asking every reader to participate! All you need to do is copy and paste the questions in the comment section below and answer in one word. I cannot wait to hear from you! Thanks Stacy for keeping this going….love these thought provoking exercises that allow us to think about whats really important and get to know each other better in the process. Wishing everyone a fabulous Sunday!

If there could only be one season year round which would you choose?

You get to spend a month in Europe, and can only go to one place..is it Italy or France?

Red wine, white wine or champagne?

Dogs or cats?

One word that best describes your life right now.

One job you haven’t had that would be a dream job.

One famous person you would love to meet.

One movie that you could watch again and again.

You are given a plane ticket to fly anywhere in the world this weekend, where are you going?

One decade you wish you could have lived in (including this one).

If you had to change your name, what would you name yourself?


Have fun!

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Decorating with transferware and a beautiful giveaway!!

Hi there! Today’s post is such a pretty one if you are like me and love transferware. Decorating with it has never been so inspirational as it is today, you see it positively everywhere! If you are asking what it is, its simply pottery that has ?a pattern that’s been applied from a copper plate to a specially sized paper and then to the pottery. It is produced mostly on earthernware, but not exclusively and you can find it on china, ironstone ans porcelain.?



On walls, on bookscases, on coffee tables and consoles, heck you even see it on bathroom walls! There is no limits as to where it can go. Today is all about transferware inspiration in a big way. I am in love with every single picture here! How about you? Do you have the?same feelings over it? Then when you are done ogling over how beautiful it can be……are details for a fabulous trasnfersware giveaway courtesy of antiques dealer doyenne, Bonny Neiman!



Brown transferware is just stunning, Southern Accents
I like it here displayed with antlers, beautiful! HB
A grand old dining room gets a beautiful collection to grace its wall, Ruth Berts
Blue and white is always a winner! Jennifer Jordan
Jackye Lanham filled a big wall with transferware in soft tones, the effect is ethereal
A beautiful way to add a decorative accent to a pretty chest and vignette, Common ground.
Charles Faudree regularly uses transferware as part of his decorating story in his sumptuous rooms!
Tranferware makes one heck of a beautiful statement at a dining table, Southern Accents
It can make a room feel so opulent and full such as this elegant dining room, Nancy’s daily dish
Yes, I know we have all seen this countless times but how can I not include it! Charles Faudree
A perfect accent in this beautifully creamy kitchen, Maison Decor
It is beautiful when also mixed with other types of pottery, HB
Love the character the transferware gives this beautiful and charming kitchen, Myplacetoyours
How gorgeous is the green transferware next to the rich brown woods? Nancysdailydish
Purple transferware is beautiful on a dining room wall, this is Amy’s beautiful room, Maison Decor
Mixed with crisp white, this green transferware makes a beautiful breakfast table! Happytodesign
Always loved this dining room by Cathy Kincaid, the transferware is the perfect touch!
Heather Bullard fills a large hutch with?a stunning collection
Could it get any prettier than transferware and toile? I don’t think so. Nancydailydish
Boy, it sure makes a beautiful tea party!
A pretty collection lines an upper shelf in a beautiful room
It always works in a kitchen, even one or two pieces can have impact, Myplacetoyours
The blue and white on this mustard gold wall is spectacular! Nancysdailydish
Blue and white transferware in this sunny yellow room just makes me smile, Pinterest
How beautiful green transferware is displayed here in a hutch next to the richness of pewter…fabulous, French country cottage
I absolutely love blues and browns together, this is so beautiful! Andrea O Meara
Wow. Just wow. I would even give up on my fears that one of these would drop on my head while in the bathtub, in the name of beauty:) And technically, this isn’t transferware but I had to include it……you could certainly get the same effect with it!
Now onto the giveaway, which is for, you guessed it….. a scrumptious piece of transferware. And not just any transferware, but a gorgeous antique pitcher. This beauty comes from the beautiful shop of Bonny Neiman, who so generously donated this stunning pitcher for this giveaway. If you don’t know of Bonny’s shop, you must must must pay her a visit. Click here to visit Bonny and be prepared to get wowed! No worries if you don’t live in NJ….she offers her inventory online. Isn’t online shopping the best! ?She gets in the most beautiful things and her prices are amazing, and that is always the icing on the cake, don’t you think? ?Bonny’s thrill of the hunt has turned her into a successful antiques dealer, but her infectious love of what she does and passion is so obvious. ?I mean seriously, do you know of any dealer who offers drive up service…lol! Her motto is “Work really hard and be nice”. You have to admire that.
?So here’s the lowdown, leave a comment on this post to be eligible for the giveaway. If you want a second chance, leave ?a comment on Bonnys Facebook by clicking here. ?And finally if you want a third chance, leave a comment on The Enchanted Homes’ Facebook by clicking here. Remember anonymous, you must leave your name or email in the comment otherwise I have no way of identifying you! ?Simple as that. Winner to be announced on Sunday!!?
Here’s the beautiful antique 19th century transferware ?pitcher from England giveaway waiting for its new home!
And a little about Bonny…..
Looks like she loves what she does!
If you want to read about her 10 things to spruce your home in the spring…you must read this! I found it so informative. Click here to read.
And this amazing woman’s store was also featured in the following movies!!

And some of the wonderful goodies in her store now (all priced amazingly I might add)

Click here to visit Bonny’s wonderful online store.
Thanks for stopping in and thank you Bonny for this wonderful giveaway!! Good luck!
Wishing everyone a fabulous Friday.



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Decorating with transferware and a beautiful giveaway!!

Hi there! Today’s post is such a pretty one if you are like me and love transferware. Decorating with it has never been so inspirational as it is today, you see it positively everywhere! If you are asking what it is, its simply pottery that has  a pattern that’s been applied from a copper plate to a specially sized paper and then to the pottery. It is produced mostly on earthernware, but not exclusively and you can find it on china, ironstone ans porcelain. 

On walls, on bookscases, on coffee tables and consoles, heck you even see it on bathroom walls! There is no limits as to where it can go. Today is all about transferware inspiration in a big way. I am in love with every single picture here! How about you? Do you have the same feelings over it? Then when you are done ogling over how beautiful it can be……are details for a fabulous trasnfersware giveaway courtesy of antiques dealer doyenne, Bonny Neiman!

Brown transferware is just stunning, Southern Accents
I like it here displayed with antlers, beautiful! HB
A grand old dining room gets a beautiful collection to grace its wall, Ruth Berts
Blue and white is always a winner! Jennifer Jordan
Jackye Lanham filled a big wall with transferware in soft tones, the effect is ethereal
A beautiful way to add a decorative accent to a pretty chest and vignette, Common ground.
Charles Faudree regularly uses transferware as part of his decorating story in his sumptuous rooms!
Tranferware makes one heck of a beautiful statement at a dining table, Southern Accents
It can make a room feel so opulent and full such as this elegant dining room, Nancy’s daily dish
Yes, I know we have all seen this countless times but how can I not include it! Charles Faudree
A perfect accent in this beautifully creamy kitchen, Maison Decor
It is beautiful when also mixed with other types of pottery, HB
Love the character the transferware gives this beautiful and charming kitchen, Myplacetoyours
How gorgeous is the green transferware next to the rich brown woods? Nancysdailydish
Purple transferware is beautiful on a dining room wall, this is Amy’s beautiful room, Maison Decor
Mixed with crisp white, this green transferware makes a beautiful breakfast table! Happytodesign
Always loved this dining room by Cathy Kincaid, the transferware is the perfect touch!
Heather Bullard fills a large hutch with a stunning collection
Could it get any prettier than transferware and toile? I don’t think so. Nancydailydish
Boy, it sure makes a beautiful tea party!
A pretty collection lines an upper shelf in a beautiful room
It always works in a kitchen, even one or two pieces can have impact, Myplacetoyours
The blue and white on this mustard gold wall is spectacular! Nancysdailydish
Blue and white transferware in this sunny yellow room just makes me smile, Pinterest
How beautiful green transferware is displayed here in a hutch next to the richness of pewter…fabulous, French country cottage
I absolutely love blues and browns together, this is so beautiful! Andrea O Meara
Wow. Just wow. I would even give up on my fears that one of these would drop on my head while in the bathtub, in the name of beauty:) And technically, this isn’t transferware but I had to include it……you could certainly get the same effect with it!
Now onto the giveaway, which is for, you guessed it….. a scrumptious piece of transferware. And not just any transferware, but a gorgeous antique pitcher. This beauty comes from the beautiful shop of Bonny Neiman, who so generously donated this stunning pitcher for this giveaway. If you don’t know of Bonny’s shop, you must must must pay her a visit. Click here to visit Bonny and be prepared to get wowed! No worries if you don’t live in NJ….she offers her inventory online. Isn’t online shopping the best!  She gets in the most beautiful things and her prices are amazing, and that is always the icing on the cake, don’t you think?  Bonny’s thrill of the hunt has turned her into a successful antiques dealer, but her infectious love of what she does and passion is so obvious.  I mean seriously, do you know of any dealer who offers drive up service…lol! Her motto is “Work really hard and be nice”. You have to admire that.
 So here’s the lowdown, leave a comment on this post to be eligible for the giveaway. If you want a second chance, leave  a comment on Bonnys Facebook by clicking here.  And finally if you want a third chance, leave a comment on The Enchanted Homes’ Facebook by clicking here. Remember anonymous, you must leave your name or email in the comment otherwise I have no way of identifying you!  Simple as that. Winner to be announced on Sunday!! 
Here’s the beautiful antique 19th century transferware  pitcher from England giveaway waiting for its new home!
And a little about Bonny…..
Looks like she loves what she does!
If you want to read about her 10 things to spruce your home in the spring…you must read this! I found it so informative. Click here to read.
And this amazing woman’s store was also featured in the following movies!!

And some of the wonderful goodies in her store now (all priced amazingly I might add)

Click here to visit Bonny’s wonderful online store.
Thanks for stopping in and thank you Bonny for this wonderful giveaway!! Good luck!
Wishing everyone a fabulous Friday.


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