Can we talk design books?

Hello and happy Thursday to you! I hope you got to see my post over at Chic Coastal Living about my beach house, if not click here. Its worth seeing, moving on……. I love design books. I seem to have adopted the notion that you can never have enough. I have them in stacks all over my home. They are in my bedroom, living room, family room, kitchen and heck even in some bathrooms! I just love them and when I come across a really good one it becomes a “go to” reference.?

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Let’s say I need new inspiration for how to style a table or console, or want to get window treatment ideas, whatever the case may be there are certainly those books that deliver over and over. I had to think about choosing my favorites because there are just so many good ones, but when I thought about the books I tend to revisit often, there were definite standouts. How about you? Do you too collect them? I would love to know your favorites!! Here are some of mine…..

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There are more…but these are wonderful standbys. Most I have had for years but with their timeless elegance that they have in common, they are never outdated and always feel like I am visitng “an old friend” when I open them up again. Filled with so many exquisite details, its like I am looking at them with a fresh set of eyes every time I open them! Now its your turn…tell me some of your favorite design books. There is always space for just one more book on my shelves so I am dying to know your faves…….enjoy your day!

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?Don’t forget about my Mothers Day extravaganza giveaway, one of four fabulous prizes!! Click here for details and to be eligible…winners to be announced on Saturday!

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Can we talk design books?

Hello and happy Thursday to you! I hope you got to see my post over at Chic Coastal Living about my beach house, if not click here. Its worth seeing, moving on……. I love design books. I seem to have adopted the notion that you can never have enough. I have them in stacks all over my home. They are in my bedroom, living room, family room, kitchen and heck even in some bathrooms! I just love them and when I come across a really good one it becomes a “go to” reference. 
 
Let’s say I need new inspiration for how to style a table or console, or want to get window treatment ideas, whatever the case may be there are certainly those books that deliver over and over. I had to think about choosing my favorites because there are just so many good ones, but when I thought about the books I tend to revisit often, there were definite standouts. How about you? Do you too collect them? I would love to know your favorites!! Here are some of mine…..
 
 

There are more…but these are wonderful standbys. Most I have had for years but with their timeless elegance that they have in common, they are never outdated and always feel like I am visitng “an old friend” when I open them up again. Filled with so many exquisite details, its like I am looking at them with a fresh set of eyes every time I open them! Now its your turn…tell me some of your favorite design books. There is always space for just one more book on my shelves so I am dying to know your faves…….enjoy your day!
 
 
 
 Don’t forget about my Mothers Day extravaganza giveaway, one of four fabulous prizes!! Click here for details and to be eligible…winners to be announced on Saturday!
 
 
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Which would you choose and 2 winners!

Good morning! Before we begin, I want to announce the two lucky winners of the French apron and monogrammed soaps! Thanks for helping me celebrate my two year anniversary,? I was so touched by all of your kind words. Congratulations goes to……??


For the french apron, the winner is….


Result:
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Happy New Year and Happy Anniversary! Your home is wonderful. I was so pleasantly surprised at Christmas by my two closest friends. They gave me the fabulous silver planter I have had my eye on for the longest time! I can’t wait to use it. So my next want from the store is one of the smaller silver planters. This is a bad (wonderfully bad) place for me! Thank you.
Patricia B
And the monogrammed soaps goes to….
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OMG- You are an amazing decorator and your house looks gorgeous! Happiest of New Year’s!!!
linda,ny

Please contact me here so I can get your shipping information and these goodies can be on their way!


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So how is 2013 treating you so far? With the exception of my husband coming down with pneumonia, it was a wonderful holiday season. Funny,? New Years day unexpectedly ended up being one of the best days. First off, ? it was the first day in 8 days that hubs felt up to getting fully dressed and coming downstairs, then it was a continuation of our movie marathon, we watched Dances with Wolves, Meet Joe Black, Under the Tuscan Sun? and a few others, all the while I was cooking the entire day (but really loving it) I made beef stew, paninis, homemade basked mac, even small apple tarts..yes I was on a roll! My husband spent a lot of time exploring my blog and was thoroughly entertained and it was just a great family day, alongside a roaring fire, it was spent at home enjoying each others company….it was cold outside but really warm and cozy inside. So life is slowly getting back to normal after the holiday blizzard (not literal but the whirlwind). I have yet to take down any decorations…thinking I will give it another week, not quite ready to say goodbye to the magic of Christmas or the hard work I put into it:)

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Today’s Which Would You Choose is a fun one. Roll with me here……the designer fairies have paid you a visit. Hey, its a new year…time for a change, right? They have told you that you get to have one designer of your choosing redo your entire home soup to nuts. Only catch? You cannot have any say, you are at their talented mercy and must go on a little “vacay “for a week while they work their magic. Which of these talented tastemakers would you trust to redo your entire home? Many if not most you know, but I have also included two pictures of their work that I think? represents their style. This is a tough one, though I think I have it narrowed down to two. No wait, I mean three. OK, two. Here we go…..so which would you choose!?

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CHOICE 1? Mary McDonald




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CHOICE 2? David Easton




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CHOICE 3 Meg Braff

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CHOICE 4 Cathy Kincaid



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CHOICE 5?? Bunny Williams



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CHOICE 6? Sandra Nunnerly



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CHOICE 7?? Thomas Pheasant



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CHOICE 8?? Phoebe Howard

CHOICE 9 ? Thomas O Brien

CHOICE 10?? Ashely Whittaker

CHOICE 11? John Jacob

CHOICE? 12? Jan Showers

?CHOICE 13 ? Charles Faudree

CHOICE? 14 ? McAlphine, Booth and Ferrier

CHOICE? 15?? Barry Dixon


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OK, I take it back, I don’t? have it narrowed down to 2 after all. Sorry, too much talent? to choose but if forced, I guess I could narrow it down and let them work their magic. So now its your turn….who are you turning over your casa to?? I cannot wait to see the results..this should be fun and interesting! Thanks always for stopping in and wishing everyone a fabulous day.

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Which would you choose and 2 winners!

Good morning! Before we begin, I want to announce the two lucky winners of the French apron and monogrammed soaps! Thanks for helping me celebrate my two year anniversary,  I was so touched by all of your kind words. Congratulations goes to……  
For the french apron, the winner is….
Result:

Happy New Year and Happy Anniversary! Your home is wonderful. I was so pleasantly surprised at Christmas by my two closest friends. They gave me the fabulous silver planter I have had my eye on for the longest time! I can’t wait to use it. So my next want from the store is one of the smaller silver planters. This is a bad (wonderfully bad) place for me! Thank you.
Patricia B
And the monogrammed soaps goes to….
 Result:
36 
OMG- You are an amazing decorator and your house looks gorgeous! Happiest of New Year’s!!!
linda,ny

Please contact me here so I can get your shipping information and these goodies can be on their way!

 
 
So how is 2013 treating you so far? With the exception of my husband coming down with pneumonia, it was a wonderful holiday season. Funny,  New Years day unexpectedly ended up being one of the best days. First off,   it was the first day in 8 days that hubs felt up to getting fully dressed and coming downstairs, then it was a continuation of our movie marathon, we watched Dances with Wolves, Meet Joe Black, Under the Tuscan Sun  and a few others, all the while I was cooking the entire day (but really loving it) I made beef stew, paninis, homemade basked mac, even small apple tarts..yes I was on a roll! My husband spent a lot of time exploring my blog and was thoroughly entertained and it was just a great family day, alongside a roaring fire, it was spent at home enjoying each others company….it was cold outside but really warm and cozy inside. So life is slowly getting back to normal after the holiday blizzard (not literal but the whirlwind). I have yet to take down any decorations…thinking I will give it another week, not quite ready to say goodbye to the magic of Christmas or the hard work I put into it:)
 
Today’s Which Would You Choose is a fun one. Roll with me here……the designer fairies have paid you a visit. Hey, its a new year…time for a change, right? They have told you that you get to have one designer of your choosing redo your entire home soup to nuts. Only catch? You cannot have any say, you are at their talented mercy and must go on a little “vacay “for a week while they work their magic. Which of these talented tastemakers would you trust to redo your entire home? Many if not most you know, but I have also included two pictures of their work that I think  represents their style. This is a tough one, though I think I have it narrowed down to two. No wait, I mean three. OK, two. Here we go…..so which would you choose! 
 
 
 
CHOICE 1  Mary McDonald

 
CHOICE 2  David Easton

 
 
CHOICE 3 Meg Braff

 
 
 
CHOICE 4 Cathy Kincaid

 
 
CHOICE 5   Bunny Williams

 
 
CHOICE 6  Sandra Nunnerly

 
 
CHOICE 7   Thomas Pheasant

 
 
CHOICE 8   Phoebe Howard

CHOICE 9   Thomas O Brien

CHOICE 10   Ashely Whittaker

CHOICE 11  John Jacob

CHOICE  12  Jan Showers

 CHOICE 13   Charles Faudree

CHOICE  14   McAlphine, Booth and Ferrier

CHOICE  15   Barry Dixon

 
 
OK, I take it back, I don’t  have it narrowed down to 2 after all. Sorry, too much talent  to choose but if forced, I guess I could narrow it down and let them work their magic. So now its your turn….who are you turning over your casa to?  I cannot wait to see the results..this should be fun and interesting! Thanks always for stopping in and wishing everyone a fabulous day.
 
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Which would you choose? And a giveaway!

Hi there, hope you had a wonderful weekend! Ours was actually quite relaxing and it was a true treat to have some real downtime. No workers, no chaos, son came home from overseas safe and sound. ?I also was busy packaging up orders to send out next week. And my first batch have already left the building! Also started adding new products to my site today, more to come! ?So lots going on in that arena. ?Thank you so much for your continued support and encouragement. To say thanks I am offering another fun giveaway! All details on bottom of post. ?



Moving on to this afternoons post….today’s “Which would you choose” is something you will really need to think about. Imagine this- a fairy decorating godmother has come along and said that you can have your entire house redecorated by one designer. You must only choose one and you must choose now. Imagine handing over your trust and faith to someone to transform your home into your dream home. Imagine their touch all over your home. A style for everyone…what appeals to you, transitional and calm, fancy and formal, country elegance? ?Do you already have a favorite in mind? Which designer would you choose? Well today you get to decide….below 16 very accomplished decorators with a sampling of their style. I can’t wait to see who you choose!





CHOICE 1 DAVID EASTON



CHOICE 2 CHARLOTTE MOSS
CHOICE 3 ?JOHN JACOB

CHOICE 4 SHERILL CANET

CHOICE 5 STEVEN GAMBRELL

CHOICE 6 M ELLE

CHOICE 7 ? ?CATHY KINCAID

CHOICE 8 MEG BRAFF

CHOICE 9 BARRY DIXON
CHOICE 10 PHOEBE HOWARD
CHOICE 11 MARY MCDONAD

CHOICE 12 ASHLEY WHITTAKER

CHOICE 13 MCALPHINE FERRIER AND BOOTH

CHOICE 14 CHARLES FAUDRE
CHOICE 15 JOY TRIBOUT

CHOICE 16 THOMAS O BRIEN

This I am realizing is not at all an easy decision. For me, its between 3 or 4 of them and I could literally toss a coin and know I would be overjoyed with the result. A talented group to be sure and something I believe for everyone. Just boils down to personal taste,, style and how we each like to live. So……its your turn, which would you choose?
Giveaway details I am giving away 6 gorgeous linen guest towels or 12 cocktail napkins (winners choice) with fancy monogram to one lucky winner
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Definitely one of my favorite items and these have been selling like hotcakes! To be eligible just visit my store come back then come back here and tell me your favorite item. Click here to go to store. ?If you want a second chance, you can leave a comment on The Enchanted Home’s Facebook page. Click here to go to the Facebook page. As simple as that! I will announce a winner Wed. morning. Thanks for stopping by…..and have a great evening!

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Which would you choose? And a giveaway!

Hi there, hope you had a wonderful weekend! Ours was actually quite relaxing and it was a true treat to have some real downtime. No workers, no chaos, son came home from overseas safe and sound.  I also was busy packaging up orders to send out next week. And my first batch have already left the building! Also started adding new products to my site today, more to come!  So lots going on in that arena.  Thank you so much for your continued support and encouragement. To say thanks I am offering another fun giveaway! All details on bottom of post.  

Moving on to this afternoons post….today’s “Which would you choose” is something you will really need to think about. Imagine this- a fairy decorating godmother has come along and said that you can have your entire house redecorated by one designer. You must only choose one and you must choose now. Imagine handing over your trust and faith to someone to transform your home into your dream home. Imagine their touch all over your home. A style for everyone…what appeals to you, transitional and calm, fancy and formal, country elegance?  Do you already have a favorite in mind? Which designer would you choose? Well today you get to decide….below 16 very accomplished decorators with a sampling of their style. I can’t wait to see who you choose!


CHOICE 1 DAVID EASTON


CHOICE 2 CHARLOTTE MOSS
CHOICE 3  JOHN JACOB

CHOICE 4 SHERILL CANET

CHOICE 5 STEVEN GAMBRELL

CHOICE 6 M ELLE

CHOICE 7    CATHY KINCAID

CHOICE 8 MEG BRAFF

CHOICE 9 BARRY DIXON
CHOICE 10 PHOEBE HOWARD
CHOICE 11 MARY MCDONAD

CHOICE 12 ASHLEY WHITTAKER

CHOICE 13 MCALPHINE FERRIER AND BOOTH

CHOICE 14 CHARLES FAUDRE
CHOICE 15 JOY TRIBOUT

CHOICE 16 THOMAS O BRIEN

This I am realizing is not at all an easy decision. For me, its between 3 or 4 of them and I could literally toss a coin and know I would be overjoyed with the result. A talented group to be sure and something I believe for everyone. Just boils down to personal taste,, style and how we each like to live. So……its your turn, which would you choose?
Giveaway details I am giving away 6 gorgeous linen guest towels or 12 cocktail napkins (winners choice) with fancy monogram to one lucky winner
OR
Definitely one of my favorite items and these have been selling like hotcakes! To be eligible just visit my store come back then come back here and tell me your favorite item. Click here to go to store.  If you want a second chance, you can leave a comment on The Enchanted Home’s Facebook page. Click here to go to the Facebook page. As simple as that! I will announce a winner Wed. morning. Thanks for stopping by…..and have a great evening!

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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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Things I am loving Thursday and house updates!

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




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



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



A few questions to answer-



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

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

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

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

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

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



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



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

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

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

Hardware done in butlers

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

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

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

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

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



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

Ingredients for Pistachio cream cheese cookies

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

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

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

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

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

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Things I am loving Thursday and house updates!

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

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

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

A few questions to answer-

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hardware done in butlers

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ingredients for Pistachio cream cheese cookies

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

            

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

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

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

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

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

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