Calling all blue and white lovers!!

Good morning! Hope your week is off to a good start. Over here, I have a list a mile long of things to get busy cracking on (mostly house related) so no rest for the weary…it’s already another busy week. When I start my morning with a healthy dose of blue and white, I just know its going to be a great day. Every now and then I have to post on blue and white, to give me my regular “fix” of this scrumptious combination. It just never gets old……..what can I say!!
?I am also super excited to have added some truly exquisite new pieces (below) so this was a perfect post to tie it all in. Hopefully some of these images are new to you, while some I realize you have seen…….they are just too pretty to not include. The truly wonderful things about blue and white is that literally it goes with every single color. I dare you to find a color that it doesn’t work with. Impossible!! How about you, has blue and white-itis? struck you too? Happily there is no cure in sight. So lets take a look at blue and white at its very best………
?Just some of my very favorite blue and white goodies!!
Ahhhh, this is sheer blue and white perfection accented by soft earth tones, Scott Snyder
?Like a breath of fresh air, this room is so crisp, clean and gorgeous! Verandah House
This picture just always draws me in, it is just sublime!
Love blue and white in virtually any kitchen, Alex Papachristidis
Blue and white, pink roses…the combination is so breathtaking! C Roehm

Carolyne Roehm long known for her love of blue and white always gets it right!!

Love the idea of putting a bunch of different shapes and shades of gingers jars together as a beautiful vignette, Sroka Design?
?Blue and white outside is simply perfect and so crisp and elegant, At Home
How great is Mary Ann’s guest room from Classic Casual Home? Stunning!

?Gorgeous blue and white room by Scott Snyder

Ruthie Sumers

Amy Howard designed this beautiful understated room
?Love this fabric (have it in my kitchen) and the blue and white ginger jars are the icing on the cake, New England Home
Carolyne Roehm’s magic touch with blue and white strikes again!
Rhapsody in blue….Scott Snyder
The blue and white is simply gorgeous against the rich warm brown, Alex Papachristidis
I love the use of blue and white against dark dramatic walls, Jeffrey Bilhuber

?Part of a Christmas vignette in my own home…love the way the red pops against the blue and white!

?Breakfast with blue and white is always a great way to start my day!
White hydrangeas were meant to be placed in blue and white containers!
?Adore this inviting, warm and super elegant breakfast nook
Love this elegant grouping and the dramatic effect of the branches, Classic Casual Home
My own little vignette of my favorite color combo
Charlotte Moss hit a home rum with this spectacular table setting in blue and white!
Love the way the white upholstery plays off against the crisp blue and white, New England Home
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Love this cluster of magnificent blue and whites filled with white flowers…scrumptious!
?My friends beautiful center hall table, with an explosion of blossoms filling her beautiful blue and white vase
?Picture perfect….Carolyne Roehm at it again!
?Adore this picture…proof that there is simply no such thing as too much blue and white! Lonny
?William Eubanks used blue and white to? perfection in this ultra fabulous room!

Guess where and the following are also from my home…proof of my undying love for all things blue and white!

My newest ginger jars “put to the test” and they passed with flying colors:)
This kind of left me speechless…had to include it but how to describe this? A shrine to blue and white? An overdose of blue and white? A room you don’t want to be in during an earthquake? Yes to all the above!

I must share with you the newest members of my blue and white family! I just added them to my online shop and I have to say these are some of my most favorite pieces! Absolutely stunning. What I love about them is that they have a lot of white in them so they are a beautiful contrast when using them as part of a grouping…..take a look!

15″ bowl

Gorgeous diamond shaped foo dog jars

Oversize temple jar

Stunning foo dog ginger jars

And these are going to be added in the next day or two…..LOVE!

?15″ round bowl

?14″ tall flat top jar

?14″ tall flat top jar

?30″ mega impact vase

18″ ginger jar

?9″ flat top jar


Click here if you want to visit my online porcelain shop. Thanks as always for stopping by and seeing whats happening over here. I love to know your thoughts on everything I gab about…and wondering how many blue and white fans there are out there! Tell me if you too are part of the “blue and white club” and your favorite way to use it.? May your day be as delightful as blue and white makes me feel!

Visit Pink Pagoda for more blue and white gorgeousness!! Click here.

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Calling all blue and white lovers!!

Good morning! Hope your week is off to a good start. Over here, I have a list a mile long of things to get busy cracking on (mostly house related) so no rest for the weary…it’s already another busy week. When I start my morning with a healthy dose of blue and white, I just know its going to be a great day. Every now and then I have to post on blue and white, to give me my regular “fix” of this scrumptious combination. It just never gets old……..what can I say!!
 I am also super excited to have added some truly exquisite new pieces (below) so this was a perfect post to tie it all in. Hopefully some of these images are new to you, while some I realize you have seen…….they are just too pretty to not include. The truly wonderful things about blue and white is that literally it goes with every single color. I dare you to find a color that it doesn’t work with. Impossible!! How about you, has blue and white-itis  struck you too? Happily there is no cure in sight. So lets take a look at blue and white at its very best………
 Just some of my very favorite blue and white goodies!!
Ahhhh, this is sheer blue and white perfection accented by soft earth tones, Scott Snyder
 Like a breath of fresh air, this room is so crisp, clean and gorgeous! Verandah House
This picture just always draws me in, it is just sublime!
Love blue and white in virtually any kitchen, Alex Papachristidis
Blue and white, pink roses…the combination is so breathtaking! C Roehm

Carolyne Roehm long known for her love of blue and white always gets it right!!

Love the idea of putting a bunch of different shapes and shades of gingers jars together as a beautiful vignette, Sroka Design 
 Blue and white outside is simply perfect and so crisp and elegant, At Home
How great is Mary Ann’s guest room from Classic Casual Home? Stunning!

 Gorgeous blue and white room by Scott Snyder

Ruthie Sumers

Amy Howard designed this beautiful understated room
 Love this fabric (have it in my kitchen) and the blue and white ginger jars are the icing on the cake, New England Home
Carolyne Roehm’s magic touch with blue and white strikes again!
Rhapsody in blue….Scott Snyder
The blue and white is simply gorgeous against the rich warm brown, Alex Papachristidis
I love the use of blue and white against dark dramatic walls, Jeffrey Bilhuber

 Part of a Christmas vignette in my own home…love the way the red pops against the blue and white!

 Breakfast with blue and white is always a great way to start my day!
White hydrangeas were meant to be placed in blue and white containers!
 Adore this inviting, warm and super elegant breakfast nook
Love this elegant grouping and the dramatic effect of the branches, Classic Casual Home
My own little vignette of my favorite color combo
Charlotte Moss hit a home rum with this spectacular table setting in blue and white!
Love the way the white upholstery plays off against the crisp blue and white, New England Home
Love this cluster of magnificent blue and whites filled with white flowers…scrumptious!
 My friends beautiful center hall table, with an explosion of blossoms filling her beautiful blue and white vase
 Picture perfect….Carolyne Roehm at it again!
 Adore this picture…proof that there is simply no such thing as too much blue and white! Lonny
 William Eubanks used blue and white to  perfection in this ultra fabulous room!

Guess where and the following are also from my home…proof of my undying love for all things blue and white!

My newest ginger jars “put to the test” and they passed with flying colors:)
This kind of left me speechless…had to include it but how to describe this? A shrine to blue and white? An overdose of blue and white? A room you don’t want to be in during an earthquake? Yes to all the above!

I must share with you the newest members of my blue and white family! I just added them to my online shop and I have to say these are some of my most favorite pieces! Absolutely stunning. What I love about them is that they have a lot of white in them so they are a beautiful contrast when using them as part of a grouping…..take a look!

15″ bowl

Gorgeous diamond shaped foo dog jars

Oversize temple jar

Stunning foo dog ginger jars

And these are going to be added in the next day or two…..LOVE!

 15″ round bowl

 14″ tall flat top jar

 14″ tall flat top jar

 30″ mega impact vase

18″ ginger jar

 9″ flat top jar

Click here if you want to visit my online porcelain shop. Thanks as always for stopping by and seeing whats happening over here. I love to know your thoughts on everything I gab about…and wondering how many blue and white fans there are out there! Tell me if you too are part of the “blue and white club” and your favorite way to use it.  May your day be as delightful as blue and white makes me feel!

Visit Pink Pagoda for more blue and white gorgeousness!! Click here.

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Come on a magic carpet ride and a major Safavieh giveaway!!

Happy Monday. Its time for an amazing giveaway open to all readers/subscribers of my blog. This is a really exciting giveaway and to boot, everyone wins something even if you don’t snag the “grand prize” (details below). Safavieh has generously donated this fabulous rug as a giveaway!! ?This contest will run until Friday, which is when I will announce the lucky winner. Thursday night is the deadline for all entrants, ?all details are on the bottom of this post as to how to enter.
I am sure many of you know of Safavieh, a preeminent source for spectacular rugs and a seemingly endless array of gorgeous furniture of literally every style. Not to mention their wonderful line of designers own products by the likes of David, Easton Thomas OBrien, Martha Stewart, Jamie Drake, Suzanne Kasler, and Thom Felicia…an all star cast! Love this rug as the giveaway!

How beautiful is this gorgeous blue and cream 6×9 dhurrie rug? Some lucky winner is going to win this on Friday! (padding included) ?Thanks Safavieh!

Rugs…….who doesn’t love a rug? The term “magic carpet” is no joke….they truly have the ability to add a little magic to a room. The perfect way to start with any room, the carpet is often the foundation on which a room is built/created. It is often the very inspiration for how the room evolves and in virtually any project i have been involved with, under ideal circumstances, we have begun with the rug.
When you take them out of a room the room suddenly looks a little naked, don’t you think? The beauty of rugs is that with the vast array of styles and colors (and prices), there is truly something out there….. for every possible style, modern and sleek to traditional and old world, fresh and crisp to nautical and charming…..today in conjunction?with this amazing giveaway, lets take a look at some rooms that have successfully used the rug to pull the room together. What do you think? Are you a rug lover too?

Linda Floyd used a beautiful red Persian design rug to add warmth and color to this fabulous room
Love this beautiful geometric runner and always like a rug in a hallway to cozy things up, James Michael Howard
Barbara Barry practically pioneered the tonal transitional sophisticated look….love her rug here, works perfectly in this space
Love this beautiful sunny dining room, the rug brings in the warmth and personality, Serela
Wouldn’t have thought of it, but these three antique Persian rugs work beautifully in Ellen Degeneres’s kitchen, AD
Always been a fan of Ralph Lauren gorgeous inviting study and the magnificent antique Heriz rug….stunning!
Rugs are the perfect accessory for a front or side entry, practical and to add warmth to a space
Who said rugs are just for indoors! Love the dhurrie with this chic seating arrangement, West Elm
Love the clean crisp vibe with the elegant grays and whites tied in beautifully with this Thomas O Brien room and rug.

Adore these colors, Linda Floyd married the perfect rug with this gorgeous room

Even in more transitional spaces, a rug works….here they used a very large sculpted tonal rug, Fisher Weisman
Love rich colored rugs on dark wood floors as shown in this exquisite foyer, Linda Floyd
Love the way this geometric rug with cools and warms adds the perfect balance to this very glamorous room, Veranda
I think there is something charming about seeing an oriental rug in a bathroom, do you?
Love all the warm colors in this rug, the melon tones of the rug are in perfect harmony with this gorgeous room that feels sunlit, Arch Digest
Love this zebra striped tonal rug by Martha Stewart, a great rug for a more transitional environment
How bare and cold would this room look without a rug? It makes the space……..
An old world library and oriental rugs go together like popcorn and butter, Old House Journal
Love mixing a bold geometric pattern in the rug with a very traditional room, Asmara
Love this beautiful breakfast room setting with the striped dhurrie rug….charming!
Kendall Wilkinson used this beautiful neutral bold patterned rug in this beautiful room of tonal upholstered furniture
Adore this magnificent room which is complimented by the rich jewel tones of this exquisite rug, McAlpine, Booth and Ferrier
Love how this gold hued rug with touches of red pick up the beautiful reds of this gorgeous room, Sherill Canet
Susan Lovell?used a beautiful Persian rug to create maximum drama in this penthouse foyer
Now onto the loot and the low down on how to get your hands on your very own rug!
To enter the giveaway, visit www.safaviehhome.com come back here and tell me your favorite item on their site……if you want a second chance, visit them on Facebook and tell them the same thing, click here. ?YOU MUST MENTION YOU ARE FROM THE ENCHANTED HOME. LOVE this rug……the colors, the design, everything! I could easily design a room around this rug.
As far as the gift, that Safavieh has so kindly given to each and every one of you……..Safavieh has ?very generously given each and everyone of you, The Enchanted Home readers only, a special gift. A one time 20% off of anything on their site, and there is A LOT to love, trust me!! So put your shopping face on and click on over to see what makes your heart sing.?(The discount starts today at 12pm until midnight on Friday). The code for the discount is “enchanted”. This offer is good until Friday.?
Thank you Safavieh for this very kind offer!!
Since I am in a chair mode lately..here are a few of my faves from Safavieh….

So much to love! Good luck to you and hope you have a fabulous day. Until next time………

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www.safaviehhome.com

Come on a magic carpet ride and a major Safavieh giveaway!!

Happy Monday. Its time for an amazing giveaway open to all readers/subscribers of my blog. This is a really exciting giveaway and to boot, everyone wins something even if you don’t snag the “grand prize” (details below). Safavieh has generously donated this fabulous rug as a giveaway!!  This contest will run until Friday, which is when I will announce the lucky winner. Thursday night is the deadline for all entrants,  all details are on the bottom of this post as to how to enter.
I am sure many of you know of Safavieh, a preeminent source for spectacular rugs and a seemingly endless array of gorgeous furniture of literally every style. Not to mention their wonderful line of designers own products by the likes of David, Easton Thomas OBrien, Martha Stewart, Jamie Drake, Suzanne Kasler, and Thom Felicia…an all star cast! Love this rug as the giveaway!

How beautiful is this gorgeous blue and cream 6×9 dhurrie rug? Some lucky winner is going to win this on Friday! (padding included)  Thanks Safavieh!

Rugs…….who doesn’t love a rug? The term “magic carpet” is no joke….they truly have the ability to add a little magic to a room. The perfect way to start with any room, the carpet is often the foundation on which a room is built/created. It is often the very inspiration for how the room evolves and in virtually any project i have been involved with, under ideal circumstances, we have begun with the rug.
When you take them out of a room the room suddenly looks a little naked, don’t you think? The beauty of rugs is that with the vast array of styles and colors (and prices), there is truly something out there….. for every possible style, modern and sleek to traditional and old world, fresh and crisp to nautical and charming…..today in conjunction with this amazing giveaway, lets take a look at some rooms that have successfully used the rug to pull the room together. What do you think? Are you a rug lover too?

Linda Floyd used a beautiful red Persian design rug to add warmth and color to this fabulous room
Love this beautiful geometric runner and always like a rug in a hallway to cozy things up, James Michael Howard
Barbara Barry practically pioneered the tonal transitional sophisticated look….love her rug here, works perfectly in this space
Love this beautiful sunny dining room, the rug brings in the warmth and personality, Serela
Wouldn’t have thought of it, but these three antique Persian rugs work beautifully in Ellen Degeneres’s kitchen, AD
Always been a fan of Ralph Lauren gorgeous inviting study and the magnificent antique Heriz rug….stunning!
Rugs are the perfect accessory for a front or side entry, practical and to add warmth to a space
Who said rugs are just for indoors! Love the dhurrie with this chic seating arrangement, West Elm
Love the clean crisp vibe with the elegant grays and whites tied in beautifully with this Thomas O Brien room and rug.

Adore these colors, Linda Floyd married the perfect rug with this gorgeous room

Even in more transitional spaces, a rug works….here they used a very large sculpted tonal rug, Fisher Weisman
Love rich colored rugs on dark wood floors as shown in this exquisite foyer, Linda Floyd
Love the way this geometric rug with cools and warms adds the perfect balance to this very glamorous room, Veranda
I think there is something charming about seeing an oriental rug in a bathroom, do you?
Love all the warm colors in this rug, the melon tones of the rug are in perfect harmony with this gorgeous room that feels sunlit, Arch Digest
Love this zebra striped tonal rug by Martha Stewart, a great rug for a more transitional environment
How bare and cold would this room look without a rug? It makes the space……..
An old world library and oriental rugs go together like popcorn and butter, Old House Journal
Love mixing a bold geometric pattern in the rug with a very traditional room, Asmara
Love this beautiful breakfast room setting with the striped dhurrie rug….charming!
Kendall Wilkinson used this beautiful neutral bold patterned rug in this beautiful room of tonal upholstered furniture
Adore this magnificent room which is complimented by the rich jewel tones of this exquisite rug, McAlpine, Booth and Ferrier
Love how this gold hued rug with touches of red pick up the beautiful reds of this gorgeous room, Sherill Canet
Susan Lovell used a beautiful Persian rug to create maximum drama in this penthouse foyer
Now onto the loot and the low down on how to get your hands on your very own rug!
To enter the giveaway, visit www.safaviehhome.com come back here and tell me your favorite item on their site……if you want a second chance, visit them on Facebook and tell them the same thing, click here.  YOU MUST MENTION YOU ARE FROM THE ENCHANTED HOME. LOVE this rug……the colors, the design, everything! I could easily design a room around this rug.
As far as the gift, that Safavieh has so kindly given to each and every one of you……..Safavieh has  very generously given each and everyone of you, The Enchanted Home readers only, a special gift. A one time 20% off of anything on their site, and there is A LOT to love, trust me!! So put your shopping face on and click on over to see what makes your heart sing. (The discount starts today at 12pm until midnight on Friday). The code for the discount is “enchanted”. This offer is good until Friday. 
Thank you Safavieh for this very kind offer!!
Since I am in a chair mode lately..here are a few of my faves from Safavieh….

So much to love! Good luck to you and hope you have a fabulous day. Until next time………

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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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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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Things I am loving Thursdays and house update!

Hi I am so happy its Thursday. I have to confess Thursdays are fast becoming my favorite blogging day because it gives me a chance to discuss my favorite things of the week. I like to begin with house updates because lots of things are happening literally every day. So I start with some updates, a lot of wood floor pictures, the guys did an outstanding job, I have to say really amazing workmanship. Ditto for all the casings around the windows and doors, really heavy duty, so we are really really pleased with the trim and flooring thus far. The cabinetry guy is working hard on the breakfast room and soon will be starting the family room and back stairhall. It is extremely exciting and gratifying to see the hard work pay off! So here are some pictures I recently took followed by things I am loving this week.



HOUSE UPDATES. Well, wood flooring is nearly done upstairs. They have the tiniest little finishes to do but otherwise are done and I must say they did a fabulous job. Ditto with?the trim as you will see below. It was a very exciting moment for me to tape up a wallpaper sample on the wall of the back powder room to see it against the completed marble and do a premature visual of the first completed albeit ?small completed room, and it was beyond exhilarating!! First round of beams went up in breakfast room. When I took these pictures it was a virtual monsoon outside…raining cats and dogs…so some of the colors in the pictures is a bit off since I think I overcompensated by using too bright a flash, but you get the idea and yes alas it is starting to really resemble a house….exciting stuff!



First round going up…..
First round of beams in…they are not as dark as they look here
Beautiful herringbone pattern upstairs off backstair landing

Beautiful paneling in progress in breakfast room
Paneling in breakfast room

Front entrance limestone flooring started today!

Stone ready for installation

Foyer limestone in progress

New beams at work in family room
Beige and white marble basket weave?in guest room 2?
Close up
Borders done
Sons shower wall complete
Floor of that bathroom
Subway tiles finished!

Decisions decisions…we went with?one on the right….

Back stair landing

Beautiful basketweave flooring upstairs
Small powder room off of kitchen
Casings around windows completed
Doors to hubby’s bath

Looking down from 2nd floor going all the way down to the basement……
Doors to my bathroom..at last they are on!
First stretch of baseboards and plinth blocks at base of trim around doors!

BELGIAN BLUESTONE. I am on the hunt for this stone as I love the look. I would like to use this in my laundry room as its one of the few materials that I think will look great off of the reclaimed limestone in the mudroom. If I cannot get more of the reclaimed stone in time (which we will find out this week) to complete my laundry room I am going to go with this look. I love the old world look and love the drama of the black….. What do you think?

ANTIQUED MIRROR. Always liked it but now its bordering on an obsession and I just know I am going to be using lots of it in the new house. Love it in a dressing area, in a bar, for a butlers pantry, in a powder room, for sconces, I could go on and on. But here are a few wonderful ways how antiqued mirror looks quite beautiful!

Love the idea of inset panels with antique mirror
A stunning mirrored Provence planter…..
Rena Abott’s living room
Bunny Williams covered an entire wall in antique mirror
Love an oversized piece with the rosettes…..
I love this idea for a ladies dressing area….so elegant!
WORLDS AWAY MIRRORS. I love the mirrors by Worlds Away, think they would be great above a vanity for a guest room or powder room vanity. They have the antiqued mirror that I love so much too, what do you think? I love the geometric frames, they are so pretty! Click here to see more of their great collection. I also just learned they now have a blog!! So happy about that, so click here to follow them and get the latest on their fabulous line…..
KATE SPADE STRIKES AGAIN. I used to really like Kate Spade (not so much the bags but her other accessories) then fell out of love with?the line. Well shes back and looking better than ever! The line is a modern day take on fresh, crisp modern feminine dressing and the clothing line is looking pretty snazzy as well, along the lines of Milly if you like that look. I am especially loving a bunch of her fun jewelry pieces……check them out!
Love this..the sea glass twisted statement choker, colors AMAZING!

The “bamboolized” necklace..great looking

Love the bibb necklace too..such a great piece for chic summer dressing
I am loving this wicker bracelet in both colors!
RALPH LAURENS NEW RESTAURANT IN PARIS. Just in case you are heading to Paris this weekend and by all means feel free to invite me if you want to, I will be happy to clear my calendar! You may want to book a table at the very chic and very quintessential “Ralph’s” by Ralph Lauren! Apparently the menu is old school American, shrimp cocktail, steaks, crabcakes, hamburgers,fried chicken…and the French are eating it up literally and figuratively! Does this guy do anything wrong? NO! How gorgeous is this restaurant? No surprise!!

MONOGRAMS. You know I love them! Here is another fun line that makes these adorable pillows, very customized with a variety of monograms and fabrics to choose from…. Luxury monograms does it all, from pillows to napkins and place mats and even tote bags. A pair of these fun pillows would be great on a bed, on a chair, on a love seat, can see them on outdoor chaise lounges…the possibilities are endless! Click here to visit their site.

OK OK, I know what you are thinking, does this girl sit around her house all day eating designer cookies…whats up with her obession with outrageously cute cookies? No, I don’t eat them, just admire them (I WISH I sat around eating these little edible cuties) and yes, I?am obsessed with adorable cookies. And Rolling Pin productions does makes some of the cutest most creative ones I have seen. I am just racking my brain to think of an occasion so I can order some! A friends upcoming 50th birthday…you know who you are! Another friends daughters baby shower…and yes you know you who are too! ?Check out their amazing work. Click here to find out more about what they can do for you and your special occasion.

If you are having a Halloween party
All their adorable pet cookies…

A sampling of all the celeb cookies they have done…

They can take a picture and turn it into a cookie! Love it….
NEW FABRIC CRUSH. Palace Garden…funny story. I had seen this last year. Fell in love, put it in my inspiration file only to misplace the name. Went on a frantic search but that’s like looking for a needle in haystack, so it along with a thousand other things got shuffled back to the end of my seemingly endless “to do” list and lo and behold the other day while doing one of my countless Internet searches I found it on someones blog post, and was so thankful!! I wrote the blogger who promptly wrote me back saying that my note to her had made her think that maybe she will start blogging again (she hadn’t posted in almost a year), ?see there are no accidents in life!! Happy ending for us both. So now a sample of Palace Garden is on its way to me and I am in the meantime brainstorming as to where I might use this lovely print. Where do you see it? Any ideas from all you talented style mavens out there? I love the pattern, the colors..everything about it, it has the browns, the blues, a touch of dark green, bottom line is its PERFECT!
A HUNK OF BURNING PERFECT MARBLE. Wow oh wow…is this gorgeous or what? Our marble guy just sent us these photos of the huge blocks of the Calacutta Gold they are going to be getting from which we will be getting our slabs.They are gorgeous..exactly what I had in mind….lots of white, soft subtle veining, just the right amount of gray and gold veining, if it is possible to be madly in love with a piece of marble, than I am!!

TEDDY! After the scare he put us through on Mothers day, and after I have had a full week to get over my anger and decompress a bit, and now that he is off restriction (lol) ?one major thing I am loving this week is Teddy ?He is a great dog, such a loving, sweet, kind and gentle “giant” ..he deserves a “shout out” to borrow a word from my sons vocabulary (yes he would cringe if he was reading this) but nonetheless, Teddy this ones for you!

Well that’s what I am loving this week..plenty to love! Would love to know if there is something special that you have discovered or that you are really excited about and want to share! Hope you have a fabulous Thursday!

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Things I am loving Thursdays and house update!

Hi I am so happy its Thursday. I have to confess Thursdays are fast becoming my favorite blogging day because it gives me a chance to discuss my favorite things of the week. I like to begin with house updates because lots of things are happening literally every day. So I start with some updates, a lot of wood floor pictures, the guys did an outstanding job, I have to say really amazing workmanship. Ditto for all the casings around the windows and doors, really heavy duty, so we are really really pleased with the trim and flooring thus far. The cabinetry guy is working hard on the breakfast room and soon will be starting the family room and back stairhall. It is extremely exciting and gratifying to see the hard work pay off! So here are some pictures I recently took followed by things I am loving this week.

HOUSE UPDATES. Well, wood flooring is nearly done upstairs. They have the tiniest little finishes to do but otherwise are done and I must say they did a fabulous job. Ditto with the trim as you will see below. It was a very exciting moment for me to tape up a wallpaper sample on the wall of the back powder room to see it against the completed marble and do a premature visual of the first completed albeit  small completed room, and it was beyond exhilarating!! First round of beams went up in breakfast room. When I took these pictures it was a virtual monsoon outside…raining cats and dogs…so some of the colors in the pictures is a bit off since I think I overcompensated by using too bright a flash, but you get the idea and yes alas it is starting to really resemble a house….exciting stuff!

First round going up…..
First round of beams in…they are not as dark as they look here
Beautiful herringbone pattern upstairs off backstair landing

Beautiful paneling in progress in breakfast room
Paneling in breakfast room

Front entrance limestone flooring started today!

Stone ready for installation

Foyer limestone in progress

New beams at work in family room
Beige and white marble basket weave in guest room 2 
Close up
Borders done
Sons shower wall complete
Floor of that bathroom
Subway tiles finished!

Decisions decisions…we went with one on the right….

Back stair landing

Beautiful basketweave flooring upstairs
Small powder room off of kitchen
Casings around windows completed
Doors to hubby’s bath

Looking down from 2nd floor going all the way down to the basement……
Doors to my bathroom..at last they are on!
First stretch of baseboards and plinth blocks at base of trim around doors!

BELGIAN BLUESTONE. I am on the hunt for this stone as I love the look. I would like to use this in my laundry room as its one of the few materials that I think will look great off of the reclaimed limestone in the mudroom. If I cannot get more of the reclaimed stone in time (which we will find out this week) to complete my laundry room I am going to go with this look. I love the old world look and love the drama of the black….. What do you think?

ANTIQUED MIRROR. Always liked it but now its bordering on an obsession and I just know I am going to be using lots of it in the new house. Love it in a dressing area, in a bar, for a butlers pantry, in a powder room, for sconces, I could go on and on. But here are a few wonderful ways how antiqued mirror looks quite beautiful!

Love the idea of inset panels with antique mirror
A stunning mirrored Provence planter…..
Rena Abott’s living room
Bunny Williams covered an entire wall in antique mirror
Love an oversized piece with the rosettes…..
I love this idea for a ladies dressing area….so elegant!
WORLDS AWAY MIRRORS. I love the mirrors by Worlds Away, think they would be great above a vanity for a guest room or powder room vanity. They have the antiqued mirror that I love so much too, what do you think? I love the geometric frames, they are so pretty! Click here to see more of their great collection. I also just learned they now have a blog!! So happy about that, so click here to follow them and get the latest on their fabulous line…..
KATE SPADE STRIKES AGAIN. I used to really like Kate Spade (not so much the bags but her other accessories) then fell out of love with the line. Well shes back and looking better than ever! The line is a modern day take on fresh, crisp modern feminine dressing and the clothing line is looking pretty snazzy as well, along the lines of Milly if you like that look. I am especially loving a bunch of her fun jewelry pieces……check them out!
Love this..the sea glass twisted statement choker, colors AMAZING!

The “bamboolized” necklace..great looking

Love the bibb necklace too..such a great piece for chic summer dressing
I am loving this wicker bracelet in both colors!
RALPH LAURENS NEW RESTAURANT IN PARIS. Just in case you are heading to Paris this weekend and by all means feel free to invite me if you want to, I will be happy to clear my calendar! You may want to book a table at the very chic and very quintessential “Ralph’s” by Ralph Lauren! Apparently the menu is old school American, shrimp cocktail, steaks, crabcakes, hamburgers,fried chicken…and the French are eating it up literally and figuratively! Does this guy do anything wrong? NO! How gorgeous is this restaurant? No surprise!!

MONOGRAMS. You know I love them! Here is another fun line that makes these adorable pillows, very customized with a variety of monograms and fabrics to choose from…. Luxury monograms does it all, from pillows to napkins and place mats and even tote bags. A pair of these fun pillows would be great on a bed, on a chair, on a love seat, can see them on outdoor chaise lounges…the possibilities are endless! Click here to visit their site.

OK OK, I know what you are thinking, does this girl sit around her house all day eating designer cookies…whats up with her obession with outrageously cute cookies? No, I don’t eat them, just admire them (I WISH I sat around eating these little edible cuties) and yes, I am obsessed with adorable cookies. And Rolling Pin productions does makes some of the cutest most creative ones I have seen. I am just racking my brain to think of an occasion so I can order some! A friends upcoming 50th birthday…you know who you are! Another friends daughters baby shower…and yes you know you who are too!  Check out their amazing work. Click here to find out more about what they can do for you and your special occasion.

If you are having a Halloween party
All their adorable pet cookies…

A sampling of all the celeb cookies they have done…

They can take a picture and turn it into a cookie! Love it….
NEW FABRIC CRUSH. Palace Garden…funny story. I had seen this last year. Fell in love, put it in my inspiration file only to misplace the name. Went on a frantic search but that’s like looking for a needle in haystack, so it along with a thousand other things got shuffled back to the end of my seemingly endless “to do” list and lo and behold the other day while doing one of my countless Internet searches I found it on someones blog post, and was so thankful!! I wrote the blogger who promptly wrote me back saying that my note to her had made her think that maybe she will start blogging again (she hadn’t posted in almost a year),  see there are no accidents in life!! Happy ending for us both. So now a sample of Palace Garden is on its way to me and I am in the meantime brainstorming as to where I might use this lovely print. Where do you see it? Any ideas from all you talented style mavens out there? I love the pattern, the colors..everything about it, it has the browns, the blues, a touch of dark green, bottom line is its PERFECT!
A HUNK OF BURNING PERFECT MARBLE. Wow oh wow…is this gorgeous or what? Our marble guy just sent us these photos of the huge blocks of the Calacutta Gold they are going to be getting from which we will be getting our slabs.They are gorgeous..exactly what I had in mind….lots of white, soft subtle veining, just the right amount of gray and gold veining, if it is possible to be madly in love with a piece of marble, than I am!!

TEDDY! After the scare he put us through on Mothers day, and after I have had a full week to get over my anger and decompress a bit, and now that he is off restriction (lol)  one major thing I am loving this week is Teddy  He is a great dog, such a loving, sweet, kind and gentle “giant” ..he deserves a “shout out” to borrow a word from my sons vocabulary (yes he would cringe if he was reading this) but nonetheless, Teddy this ones for you!

Well that’s what I am loving this week..plenty to love! Would love to know if there is something special that you have discovered or that you are really excited about and want to share! Hope you have a fabulous Thursday!

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Things I am loving Thursdays and house updates!!

Whoa…….what a crazy 24 hours its been with Blogger!! I was getting a little nervous that they might be having a bigger problem than what they originally were thinking…. I will admit! In light of the “chaos” my Thurs. post will continue to run today, as it looks as though my post from yesterday was totally deleted! I am SO SORRY as many of you commented wanting to be part of the bench giveaway. So to be fair I am continuing this contest today and tomorrow and will announce the winner bright and early Sunday morning. I feel this is only fair. I feel badly but believe me it was totally out of my control!!!!!! I have no way of retrieving the comments from yesterday and I am sincerely sorry for Bloggers glitch!?Onto some good things….. First the wonderful bench giveaway! (IF by some miracle my post magically reappears within a short while and anything is possible with the way blogger is going bonkers today, I will have the contest tomorrow and announce the winner tomorrow otherwise Sunday)



Safavieh?has generously donated this fabulous looking bench that not only is beautiful but also doubles as great storage! How good looking is this? Some lucky winner will win this great looking bench…..that can be used virtually anywhere!! Made of a cream linen material…it is neutral and has such an elegant streamlined shape. It measures 19H X 15WX 45D. (Retails for approx. $450.00)
Its easy to win, you have to do TWO things….1. Comment on this post and leave an email address if I am unable to contact you via your blogger name 2.Visit?Safavieh?at?www.safaviehhome.com?and then visit them at their?facebook?page by clicking?here?and tell them your favorite item…that’s it!! ?I will announce the winner of the bench on my Friday post! Good luck!!?






HOUSE UPDATES. Yes things are moving along swiftly now. I still complain but believe me, I am thrilled to see how progress is finally being made. Bathrooms are nearly done except powder rooms. Bathtubs and toilets are in warehouse but htose noramlyl don’t get put in until last minute as are plumbing fixtures. Powder rooms are only rooms left to tile. (still deciding) Wood floors done upstairs. Doors being installed as we speak. Ditto crown moldings. Finally kitchen finishes were decided, being done and should be completed within 3 weeks max. Aiming for end of May installation, “aiming” is operative word here! Stone for foyer and downstairs hallways starts installation next week. Stairways are done! Exterior limestone will be completed by first week of June. So, lots of things happening and over the next month major progress will be had. Of course a lot will still be going on over several months. Lots of woodworking, and this takes A VERY long time…its a painfully slow process but should not hinder a move. Will it mean having lots of people milling about once we move? Yes, it will….but a small price to pay to be able to finally say “I am home, at last”!!!!!!!

Yippee, our doors arrived! Here is the very first one that got installed!!

Love the 3 panel..so French!

Sons finished shower wall

Love that little window

Husbands shower in progress

Calacutta gold is beautiful
Close up of materials being used in hubbies bath
My bathroom in process….

My bathroom windows….
Guest room bath, its Thassos (pure white and Ming green)

Close up

Timbers duing the ‘antiquing process”

Stairs just about done!

Crown in hallways just about completed

Tower entry which will eventually be done in stone cladding

Looking front front door as you look back into back door

Crown modling

Next round of beams getting worked on

Family room aka the “workshop”

Breakfast room getting wood paneling….about half way done

Casing is just about done around the windows

They are making progress!
Tree removal!
Favorite tree coming into full bloom!
Everything is starting to look so green…..

Yes, none other than the little fellow who created such havoc on Sunday!!

I will redo this beautiful pond one day but keep the setting natural as it is now…..

love

The powder room next to the laudry room, this is the one that gets the pale yellow, white and pale gray toile wallpaper..think it will look really pretty and old fashioned

FUN SUMMER JEWELRY. For the summer more than any other season I love buying some fun colorful pieces to wear with?casual bright colors of clothing or crisp white. I am a particular fan of white and with a tan…you can’t do much better. I found some really great pieces that with just a simple earring, a small clutch, and a chic summer outfit…you are good to go! In my next life, I may be a summer jewely buyer, lol..does such a career exist? That would be so much fun….I love buying fun little pieces and adding them to simple crisp summer outfits! Here they are…..

Great turquoise cuff
Love these turquoise earrings from Kenneth Jay Lane
“Cara” stretch glass green bracelet cuff, from Nordstrom (can you believe only $49)
Fun enameled bracelets by Trina Turk
Gorgeous Ben-Amun turquoise and blue enameled cuff….stunning for a special occasion!
Kendra Scott yellow chalcedony earrings and check them out in orange!
Sequin brights enameled bracelets…how great are the colors? Love!
Jordann monogrammed turquoise necklace, from Max and Chloe..cute!
Loved these too! By Cara at Nordstrom…bought them in all three colors! So reasonable!
PERSONALIZED STAMPS AND ADDRESS LABELS. I bought one of these for myself and recently ordered two as gifts. They make great gifts, are reasonable and are ALWAYS a huge hit! They have a huge assortment of styles and fun little icons to choose form so you can make them highly personal too! They make embossers, self inking stamps and self inking stamps with icons. They also offer colored inks. They are from Three Designing Women…here is a sample of what they do, click here to see more or order.

BAMBOO ANYTHING. I love bamboo, well anything. I loooove bamboo bracelets, bamboo inspired tabletop, love bamboo fabrics, flatware, you name it! I find the look so classic and timeless and it works well with other classic patterns. I never tire of it, and as an example I have had a gold bamboo bracelet for around 15 years and still love it. Ditto for a bamboo print stretch silk top I had had for years, its still gorgeous! And don’t get me started on my bamboo handbag!?So here are some great looking bamboo inspired beauties!
Kenneth Jay Lane strikes again with this great looking bamboo cuff!
Tiffany and Co. Bamboo sterling flatware, such a classic!
Mariposa pewter napkin box with turtle weight..how cute!
Caspari bamboo playing cards and personalzied napkins

Just love love love the Charlotte Moss pattern “Nancy”….so great looking!
How about a pretty bamboo printed fine linen tablecloth? From Pioneer linens.
Fresh looking “bamboo” bedding from Williams Sanoma
Of course the ever so popular white bamboo chairs!! Decorpad
We cannot underestimate the power of the bamboo over the iconic bamboo handbag either!
MY LATEST WALLPAPER CRUSH. Yes, I know you probably think I am just a wee bit obsessed. Maybe I am. The good news is I have been able to make some decision on wallpaper. Not sure if I am going to use it for the boys bedrooms yet or not and if I do will go with simple masculine, papers. I as of now, am using them in some of the bathrooms and plan to use a chinoiserie in the dining room. That much I am sure. I had seen this in passing and knew I loved it but upon closer inspection know we are destined to unite…so meet my latest wallpaper crush that I WILL use somewhere! Figuring it out as we speak, I am in love!
In love with this paper from Zoffany, the colors, the pattern, everything about it!
A DUDE RANCH VACATION! A few of our friends ?and us have been toying wtih the idea of going on a luxury dude ranch vacation for a while now as a group of four families. We are totally serious in that we think it would and could be the trip of a lifetime. After some weeding out of some “hard core” dude ranches that I think would make mincemeat of us, we have decided that when and if the time comes (which I am hopeful it will) it is just challenging trying to juggle and coordinate approx. 16 peoples schedules to all work together, we will go to the famous “Ranch at Rock Creek” in the fabulous state of Montana. The pictures speak for themselves, and it is a working dude ranch with full participation from its guests, but there is also a spa, gourmet food, and plenty of wonderful activities. Sounds like an incredible trip for the whole family!
Here are some highlights…….Click here to learn more about this fabulous getaway

FINE SOAPS. You also by now know my fetish for wonderful luxurious bath products. I love both for myself and gift giving the line of Giana Rose atelier. She makes the most wonderful line of luxurious bath soaps that are as whimsical and beautiful as they are delicious and long lasting. Just check out how beautiful they are! Almost too cute to use…almost! The animal soaps are a particular fave of mine…and I have bought repeatedly the dog and monkey soaps, how cute are they? They are packaged really nicely so they make wonderful gifts. Click here to visit the site.

Well there you have it..my house updates and some fun things I am loving this Thursday! Anything appeal to you? Is there anything that you are loving that you want to share? Please tell! Hope you have a wonderful day!
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Things I am loving Thursdays and house updates!!

Whoa…….what a crazy 24 hours its been with Blogger!! I was getting a little nervous that they might be having a bigger problem than what they originally were thinking…. I will admit! In light of the “chaos” my Thurs. post will continue to run today, as it looks as though my post from yesterday was totally deleted! I am SO SORRY as many of you commented wanting to be part of the bench giveaway. So to be fair I am continuing this contest today and tomorrow and will announce the winner bright and early Sunday morning. I feel this is only fair. I feel badly but believe me it was totally out of my control!!!!!! I have no way of retrieving the comments from yesterday and I am sincerely sorry for Bloggers glitch! Onto some good things….. First the wonderful bench giveaway! (IF by some miracle my post magically reappears within a short while and anything is possible with the way blogger is going bonkers today, I will have the contest tomorrow and announce the winner tomorrow otherwise Sunday)

Safavieh has generously donated this fabulous looking bench that not only is beautiful but also doubles as great storage! How good looking is this? Some lucky winner will win this great looking bench…..that can be used virtually anywhere!! Made of a cream linen material…it is neutral and has such an elegant streamlined shape. It measures 19H X 15WX 45D. (Retails for approx. $450.00)
Its easy to win, you have to do TWO things….1. Comment on this post and leave an email address if I am unable to contact you via your blogger name 2.Visit Safavieh at www.safaviehhome.com and then visit them at their facebook page by clicking here and tell them your favorite item…that’s it!!  I will announce the winner of the bench on my Friday post! Good luck!! 



HOUSE UPDATES. Yes things are moving along swiftly now. I still complain but believe me, I am thrilled to see how progress is finally being made. Bathrooms are nearly done except powder rooms. Bathtubs and toilets are in warehouse but htose noramlyl don’t get put in until last minute as are plumbing fixtures. Powder rooms are only rooms left to tile. (still deciding) Wood floors done upstairs. Doors being installed as we speak. Ditto crown moldings. Finally kitchen finishes were decided, being done and should be completed within 3 weeks max. Aiming for end of May installation, “aiming” is operative word here! Stone for foyer and downstairs hallways starts installation next week. Stairways are done! Exterior limestone will be completed by first week of June. So, lots of things happening and over the next month major progress will be had. Of course a lot will still be going on over several months. Lots of woodworking, and this takes A VERY long time…its a painfully slow process but should not hinder a move. Will it mean having lots of people milling about once we move? Yes, it will….but a small price to pay to be able to finally say “I am home, at last”!!!!!!!

Yippee, our doors arrived! Here is the very first one that got installed!!

Love the 3 panel..so French!

Sons finished shower wall

Love that little window

Husbands shower in progress

Calacutta gold is beautiful
Close up of materials being used in hubbies bath
My bathroom in process….

My bathroom windows….
Guest room bath, its Thassos (pure white and Ming green)

Close up

Timbers duing the ‘antiquing process”

Stairs just about done!

Crown in hallways just about completed

Tower entry which will eventually be done in stone cladding

Looking front front door as you look back into back door

Crown modling

Next round of beams getting worked on

Family room aka the “workshop”

Breakfast room getting wood paneling….about half way done

Casing is just about done around the windows

They are making progress!
Tree removal!
Favorite tree coming into full bloom!
Everything is starting to look so green…..

Yes, none other than the little fellow who created such havoc on Sunday!!

I will redo this beautiful pond one day but keep the setting natural as it is now…..

love

The powder room next to the laudry room, this is the one that gets the pale yellow, white and pale gray toile wallpaper..think it will look really pretty and old fashioned

FUN SUMMER JEWELRY. For the summer more than any other season I love buying some fun colorful pieces to wear with casual bright colors of clothing or crisp white. I am a particular fan of white and with a tan…you can’t do much better. I found some really great pieces that with just a simple earring, a small clutch, and a chic summer outfit…you are good to go! In my next life, I may be a summer jewely buyer, lol..does such a career exist? That would be so much fun….I love buying fun little pieces and adding them to simple crisp summer outfits! Here they are…..

Great turquoise cuff
Love these turquoise earrings from Kenneth Jay Lane
“Cara” stretch glass green bracelet cuff, from Nordstrom (can you believe only $49)
Fun enameled bracelets by Trina Turk
Gorgeous Ben-Amun turquoise and blue enameled cuff….stunning for a special occasion!
Kendra Scott yellow chalcedony earrings and check them out in orange!
Sequin brights enameled bracelets…how great are the colors? Love!
Jordann monogrammed turquoise necklace, from Max and Chloe..cute!
Loved these too! By Cara at Nordstrom…bought them in all three colors! So reasonable!
PERSONALIZED STAMPS AND ADDRESS LABELS. I bought one of these for myself and recently ordered two as gifts. They make great gifts, are reasonable and are ALWAYS a huge hit! They have a huge assortment of styles and fun little icons to choose form so you can make them highly personal too! They make embossers, self inking stamps and self inking stamps with icons. They also offer colored inks. They are from Three Designing Women…here is a sample of what they do, click here to see more or order.

BAMBOO ANYTHING. I love bamboo, well anything. I loooove bamboo bracelets, bamboo inspired tabletop, love bamboo fabrics, flatware, you name it! I find the look so classic and timeless and it works well with other classic patterns. I never tire of it, and as an example I have had a gold bamboo bracelet for around 15 years and still love it. Ditto for a bamboo print stretch silk top I had had for years, its still gorgeous! And don’t get me started on my bamboo handbag! So here are some great looking bamboo inspired beauties!
Kenneth Jay Lane strikes again with this great looking bamboo cuff!
Tiffany and Co. Bamboo sterling flatware, such a classic!
Mariposa pewter napkin box with turtle weight..how cute!
Caspari bamboo playing cards and personalzied napkins

Just love love love the Charlotte Moss pattern “Nancy”….so great looking!
How about a pretty bamboo printed fine linen tablecloth? From Pioneer linens.
Fresh looking “bamboo” bedding from Williams Sanoma
Of course the ever so popular white bamboo chairs!! Decorpad
We cannot underestimate the power of the bamboo over the iconic bamboo handbag either!
MY LATEST WALLPAPER CRUSH. Yes, I know you probably think I am just a wee bit obsessed. Maybe I am. The good news is I have been able to make some decision on wallpaper. Not sure if I am going to use it for the boys bedrooms yet or not and if I do will go with simple masculine, papers. I as of now, am using them in some of the bathrooms and plan to use a chinoiserie in the dining room. That much I am sure. I had seen this in passing and knew I loved it but upon closer inspection know we are destined to unite…so meet my latest wallpaper crush that I WILL use somewhere! Figuring it out as we speak, I am in love!
In love with this paper from Zoffany, the colors, the pattern, everything about it!
A DUDE RANCH VACATION! A few of our friends  and us have been toying wtih the idea of going on a luxury dude ranch vacation for a while now as a group of four families. We are totally serious in that we think it would and could be the trip of a lifetime. After some weeding out of some “hard core” dude ranches that I think would make mincemeat of us, we have decided that when and if the time comes (which I am hopeful it will) it is just challenging trying to juggle and coordinate approx. 16 peoples schedules to all work together, we will go to the famous “Ranch at Rock Creek” in the fabulous state of Montana. The pictures speak for themselves, and it is a working dude ranch with full participation from its guests, but there is also a spa, gourmet food, and plenty of wonderful activities. Sounds like an incredible trip for the whole family!
Here are some highlights…….Click here to learn more about this fabulous getaway

FINE SOAPS. You also by now know my fetish for wonderful luxurious bath products. I love both for myself and gift giving the line of Giana Rose atelier. She makes the most wonderful line of luxurious bath soaps that are as whimsical and beautiful as they are delicious and long lasting. Just check out how beautiful they are! Almost too cute to use…almost! The animal soaps are a particular fave of mine…and I have bought repeatedly the dog and monkey soaps, how cute are they? They are packaged really nicely so they make wonderful gifts. Click here to visit the site.

Well there you have it..my house updates and some fun things I am loving this Thursday! Anything appeal to you? Is there anything that you are loving that you want to share? Please tell! Hope you have a wonderful day!
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