Readers holiday homes round 2 and it’s a whopper!

Good Friday morning to you! ?This week has been insanely busy…am sure you are all feeling the holiday crunch too. I am so happy I put this post together in advance otherwise it would never have happened. I want to announce the winner of the soap dish and monogrammed guest towels……congratulations goes to-
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Good morning, Tina. It is a delight to see all of your Christmas decor. Yup, the tree does belong right where it is. That is not to say you can’t have more than one tree!!!!:):) I love your nutcracker collection! Everything looks beautiful nd I love the secretary in the dining room. Speaking of which, I had made a list of DEFINITES I wanted for a new house. The first one was a BIGGER dining room as we entertain alot. Well, our new dining room is actually smaller:( Oh well, we make it work. As far as what I would like from your shop: ANY of the blue and white porcelain jars!!!!!!!!!!!! I adore them. Wishing you GOOD SHOPPING and a blessed Christmas. XO, Pinky
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Time for round 2! Given the number of pictures I received, there should really be a round 3, 4 AND 5! When you are done with this post in a few hours you will totally agree! I had to post this all together as we are simply running out of days till Christmas. The good thing is it’s not going anywhere, so you will be able to come back here and refer to this post however many times you like. I think I could have had a best seller in the making……..Think you can handle even more beauty from my readers?
?I was astounded to see how many pictures I got and thrilled about it. This is so inspirational and you know I will be referring back to these posts next year too! Just love it all….and cannot thank you enough for taking the time to send me these beautiful glimpses into your spectacular homes. So much fun to see all the beauty, humor and over the top cuteness (thanks to the pooches)!

Such creativity!!!!

Are you dizzy yet from all the Christmas fabulousness??Love when I see the pooches getting in on the holiday spirit, and these are soo cute! If this post won’t get you into the holiday swing of things..can’t imagine what will! I mean this is some serious Christmas inspiration! I did receive some pictures after this post was completed on Tuesday, and since I scheduled this post to post at a certain time I was unable to add/change anything and apologize if your picture was not able to be included (though I do think I managed to get nearly all), but I assure you I got great joy from looking over each and every one of them! If you missed my holiday wrap up on my own home, click here.

Thank you so much everyone for contributing to yet another spectacular round of readers homes! I loved this and will absolutely make it a tradition. I hope all who stopped by enjoyed seeing all the different takes on holiday decorating. Wishing everyone a wonderful day and good luck getting through these last few days until Christmas…..officially in my book known as “The Christmas crunch”…….ho ho ho!

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Readers holiday homes round 2 and it’s a whopper!

Good Friday morning to you!  This week has been insanely busy…am sure you are all feeling the holiday crunch too. I am so happy I put this post together in advance otherwise it would never have happened. I want to announce the winner of the soap dish and monogrammed guest towels……congratulations goes to-
Result:
Good morning, Tina. It is a delight to see all of your Christmas decor. Yup, the tree does belong right where it is. That is not to say you can’t have more than one tree!!!!:):) I love your nutcracker collection! Everything looks beautiful nd I love the secretary in the dining room. Speaking of which, I had made a list of DEFINITES I wanted for a new house. The first one was a BIGGER dining room as we entertain alot. Well, our new dining room is actually smaller:( Oh well, we make it work. As far as what I would like from your shop: ANY of the blue and white porcelain jars!!!!!!!!!!!! I adore them. Wishing you GOOD SHOPPING and a blessed Christmas. XO, Pinky
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Please contact me at theenchantedhome@gmail.com

Time for round 2! Given the number of pictures I received, there should really be a round 3, 4 AND 5! When you are done with this post in a few hours you will totally agree! I had to post this all together as we are simply running out of days till Christmas. The good thing is it’s not going anywhere, so you will be able to come back here and refer to this post however many times you like. I think I could have had a best seller in the making……..Think you can handle even more beauty from my readers?
 I was astounded to see how many pictures I got and thrilled about it. This is so inspirational and you know I will be referring back to these posts next year too! Just love it all….and cannot thank you enough for taking the time to send me these beautiful glimpses into your spectacular homes. So much fun to see all the beauty, humor and over the top cuteness (thanks to the pooches)!

Such creativity!!!!

Are you dizzy yet from all the Christmas fabulousness? Love when I see the pooches getting in on the holiday spirit, and these are soo cute! If this post won’t get you into the holiday swing of things..can’t imagine what will! I mean this is some serious Christmas inspiration! I did receive some pictures after this post was completed on Tuesday, and since I scheduled this post to post at a certain time I was unable to add/change anything and apologize if your picture was not able to be included (though I do think I managed to get nearly all), but I assure you I got great joy from looking over each and every one of them! If you missed my holiday wrap up on my own home, click here.

Thank you so much everyone for contributing to yet another spectacular round of readers homes! I loved this and will absolutely make it a tradition. I hope all who stopped by enjoyed seeing all the different takes on holiday decorating. Wishing everyone a wonderful day and good luck getting through these last few days until Christmas…..officially in my book known as “The Christmas crunch”…….ho ho ho!

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My home, Christmas 2012 and a giveaway!



I start by asking for everyone to take half a minute to say a prayer for all the grieving?families?of Newtown, the community and our country that is mourning the loss of those innocent lives taken much too soon. As we go through all the holiday festivities, it is important to keep them in our hearts and prayers.?


Hi, this post is all about my Christmas decor. Yes you might say my blog this week is obsessed with? Christmas decor on steroids……yep, can’t get enough, thanks to all my wonderful readers and their many contributions! ?I have to say I had a lot of ideas, some came to fruition and others were left back in my overactive imagination….like ugh, 3 trees, one in the dining room, one in the family room and one in my living room or foyer. That idea is still in the “workroom” aka my imagination zone. Next year! Ditto the boxwood garland that was going to grace all three stories of my iron stair banister and my mantles…I could so visualize it but it never happened. But its very much “there” in my mind:)??

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I inquired, hemmed and hawed and then the nursery talked me into not putting it up until a week before Christmas as to not have it dry out and leave a forest of leaves on my floor….then I started thinking so why bother, for one week? I nixed it.?


I may be on the prowl for an exceptionally high quality prelit garland that I can use year after year. I love fresh greenery like nobody’s business but doing it on that much railing will be expensive, time consuming and a pain to maintain. Any thoughts on brands or resources for that, please do pass it on! So here’s my holiday decor wrap up……pretty much done though I am a “tweaker” and am always adding little things here and there, part of the fun! Except for the many gifts I have yet to wrap and who I am kidding, basically I have to BUY almost all my gifts first?, I will then be done….woo hoo!

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As many of you saw my front door wreath ,switched it to the moss green ribbon which I love so much…the earthy brown and greens are so rich and elegant….


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And my tree!! Always a story with the tree! I bought it in the pouring rain after visiting 2 nurseries both of whom either did not have the right size or could not give me instant gratification and deliver within a few days…..finally found a nursery on my third try and pretty much bought the first 10 footer they opened up for me (mind you this in the pouring cold rain). They delivered to me that afternoon and some of the masonry guys who were working were nice enough to lug this baby inside, and set it up, (not without it toppling over once)! Thank goodness the hubs wasn’t home, he is not nearly as “good natured” as I am about such things:) Then he gets home and grunts that I put it in the wrong place…so he and my two older sons proceed OVER TWO THAT IS RIGHT TWO! HOURS (boy what I would give to have videotaped this, it would be a hit on You Tube) to slide the tree inch by inch to the foyer. I am a big girl and can admit when he is right.? So its official…he was right!

Yes, it did look better in the foyer than the living room, because we have so much glass in the living room, it was hard to find the right spot. It was a lot of work for this tree…then I kept looking at saying “ehhh, it’s not nearly big enough, not full enough….I made a hasty decision” and left a message at the nursery that I wasn’t happy with my tree:) However next morning the tree looked a little happier, the branches “dropped”, ?the sparseness of it suddenly was gone ?and indeed it looks like it grew a few inches! So….I kept the tree, and along with a guy who works for my husband, we did the lights..and all the decorations are form years past. I love cherubs, angles and musical instruments on a tree ( as you will see) and thankfully my taste has not wavered much over the years, so I still like my ornaments. I add on every year, I could use more (there are virtually none on the back of this tree…shhhhhhh) but I will buy a few more and have mossy green bows made if not for this year, definitely next! So here it is…….

My nutcracker collection on the front foyer table

All ornaments are from my previous trees…every year I buy a few more, because this tree was about 11 feet, I could not really add many to the back of the tree so looks like I need to get busy adding to my collection…..

I added sprays of evergreen and berries tied with red ribbon onto my sconces for a little holiday spirit

Console table in dining room…..
?My “bling-y” nutcracker vignette all aglow in gold and silver………….

No need for sympathy, I WILL have more presents under the tree…I promise. The “warpping elf” aka me is a wee bit ?backed up!

I placed these moss orbs in the urns and used a wreath to “frame” the base in the niches in the foyer

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?Just added this painting (husband had bought it at auction) and this small console which is actually for another area but until then, its here!

?Love my poinsettia topiaries…so unique and so festive and elegant!
We are not sure where to put our really beautiful antique English secretary so for now put it in the dining room, I don’t think I have ever seen a secretary in a dining room but for now, this is where its going….maybe I will set a new trend:)

Added these beautiful Trowbridge prints to my powder room, they are perfect!

A beauty…LOVE this piece!

What do you think of this antique chair in the powder room? Needs to be recovered badly, the fabric is all tattered but its a pretty chair for a powder room

?My dining room centerpiece….this is a newer version of my current silver planter, this one is taller great for arrangements like this

Another of one of my best selling silver planters with poinsettias and moss…..simple and elegant

This is by my kitchen sink, I like having little Christmas reminders all through the house…….
And got a late start of my Paperwhites but alas they are starting to take off……

And finally the giveaway! As I promised I will do a giveaway every week until Christmas. This one is for this lovely porcelain and ormolu soap dish AND either a French bar towel or monogrammed guest towel (if your initial is in stock)! Consider this an early Christmas gift for YOU!

All you need to do to be eligible is visit my online shop, come back here and tell me a favorite item (or two) and you are in the running! I will announce a winner on Friday morning. Good luck:) Thanks for stopping by……enjoy your day!

Also got in four wonderful dough bowls yesterday. 2 24″ and 2 that are about 19-20″. There were so many who have inquired please just email me here if interested! They are ready to go……

All napkin ring orders (ones that are in stock), monogram items, French towel orders, porcelain, pillow and silver orders are guaranteed for Christmas arrival on all orders placed by tomorrow, Wed. Dec.19th!


Keep calm and carry on…..ho ho ho!
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My home, Christmas 2012 and a giveaway!



I start by asking for everyone to take half a minute to say a prayer for all the grieving families of Newtown, the community and our country that is mourning the loss of those innocent lives taken much too soon. As we go through all the holiday festivities, it is important to keep them in our hearts and prayers. 


Hi, this post is all about my Christmas decor. Yes you might say my blog this week is obsessed with  Christmas decor on steroids……yep, can’t get enough, thanks to all my wonderful readers and their many contributions!  I have to say I had a lot of ideas, some came to fruition and others were left back in my overactive imagination….like ugh, 3 trees, one in the dining room, one in the family room and one in my living room or foyer. That idea is still in the “workroom” aka my imagination zone. Next year! Ditto the boxwood garland that was going to grace all three stories of my iron stair banister and my mantles…I could so visualize it but it never happened. But its very much “there” in my mind:)  
 
I inquired, hemmed and hawed and then the nursery talked me into not putting it up until a week before Christmas as to not have it dry out and leave a forest of leaves on my floor….then I started thinking so why bother, for one week? I nixed it. 
I may be on the prowl for an exceptionally high quality prelit garland that I can use year after year. I love fresh greenery like nobody’s business but doing it on that much railing will be expensive, time consuming and a pain to maintain. Any thoughts on brands or resources for that, please do pass it on! So here’s my holiday decor wrap up……pretty much done though I am a “tweaker” and am always adding little things here and there, part of the fun! Except for the many gifts I have yet to wrap and who I am kidding, basically I have to BUY almost all my gifts firs, I will then be done….woo hoo!
 
 
As many of you saw my front door wreath ,switched it to the moss green ribbon which I love so much…the earthy brown and greens are so rich and elegant….

 

And my tree!! Always a story with the tree! I bought it in the pouring rain after visiting 2 nurseries both of whom either did not have the right size or could not give me instant gratification and deliver within a few days…..finally found a nursery on my third try and pretty much bought the first 10 footer they opened up for me (mind you this in the pouring cold rain). They delivered to me that afternoon and some of the masonry guys who were working were nice enough to lug this baby inside, and set it up, (not without it toppling over once)! Thank goodness the hubs wasn’t home, he is not nearly as “good natured” as I am about such things:) Then he gets home and grunts that I put it in the wrong place…so he and my two older sons proceed OVER TWO THAT IS RIGHT TWO! HOURS (boy what I would give to have videotaped this, it would be a hit on You Tube) to slide the tree inch by inch to the foyer. I am a big girl and can admit when he is right.  So its official…he was right!

Yes, it did look better in the foyer than the living room, because we have so much glass in the living room, it was hard to find the right spot. It was a lot of work for this tree…then I kept looking at saying “ehhh, it’s not nearly big enough, not full enough….I made a hasty decision” and left a message at the nursery that I wasn’t happy with my tree:) However next morning the tree looked a little happier, the branches “dropped”,  the sparseness of it suddenly was gone  and indeed it looks like it grew a few inches! So….I kept the tree, and along with a guy who works for my husband, we did the lights..and all the decorations are form years past. I love cherubs, angles and musical instruments on a tree ( as you will see) and thankfully my taste has not wavered much over the years, so I still like my ornaments. I add on every year, I could use more (there are virtually none on the back of this tree…shhhhhhh) but I will buy a few more and have mossy green bows made if not for this year, definitely next! So here it is…….

My nutcracker collection on the front foyer table

All ornaments are from my previous trees…every year I buy a few more, because this tree was about 11 feet, I could not really add many to the back of the tree so looks like I need to get busy adding to my collection…..

I added sprays of evergreen and berries tied with red ribbon onto my sconces for a little holiday spirit

Console table in dining room…..
 My “bling-y” nutcracker vignette all aglow in gold and silver………….

No need for sympathy, I WILL have more presents under the tree…I promise. The “warpping elf” aka me is a wee bit  backed up!

I placed these moss orbs in the urns and used a wreath to “frame” the base in the niches in the foyer

 

 Just added this painting (husband had bought it at auction) and this small console which is actually for another area but until then, its here!

 Love my poinsettia topiaries…so unique and so festive and elegant!
We are not sure where to put our really beautiful antique English secretary so for now put it in the dining room, I don’t think I have ever seen a secretary in a dining room but for now, this is where its going….maybe I will set a new trend:)

Added these beautiful Trowbridge prints to my powder room, they are perfect!

A beauty…LOVE this piece!

What do you think of this antique chair in the powder room? Needs to be recovered badly, the fabric is all tattered but its a pretty chair for a powder room

 My dining room centerpiece….this is a newer version of my current silver planter, this one is taller great for arrangements like this

Another of one of my best selling silver planters with poinsettias and moss…..simple and elegant

This is by my kitchen sink, I like having little Christmas reminders all through the house…….
And got a late start of my Paperwhites but alas they are starting to take off……

And finally the giveaway! As I promised I will do a giveaway every week until Christmas. This one is for this lovely porcelain and ormolu soap dish AND either a French bar towel or monogrammed guest towel (if your initial is in stock)! Consider this an early Christmas gift for YOU!

All you need to do to be eligible is visit my online shop, come back here and tell me a favorite item (or two) and you are in the running! I will announce a winner on Friday morning. Good luck:) Thanks for stopping by……enjoy your day!

Also got in four wonderful dough bowls yesterday. 2 24″ and 2 that are about 19-20″. There were so many who have inquired please just email me here if interested! They are ready to go……

All napkin ring orders (ones that are in stock), monogram items, French towel orders, porcelain, pillow and silver orders are guaranteed for Christmas arrival on all orders placed by tomorrow, Wed. Dec.19th!


Keep calm and carry on…..ho ho ho!
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Readers holiday homes….and it will knock your stockings off!



I start again to ask that we all keep the town of Newtown, the families grieving an unbearable?loss and our great country that is in mourning in our prayers. It is so unimaginable and to have seen the interfaith service and hear those names being read off, made it so “real”. I know like all of you , we are all busy with the holiday hustle and bustle and that does not stop but I do hope we can take just a minute out of our day to pray for those left grieving, that God will light the dark path they are walking right now. God has called all of those that died home…….and we must hold them as well as their families in our hearts.

?Good morning…..OK you must sit back, relax, grab another cup of coffee and take this all in with your full concentration. This has turned out to be a long post, chock full of magnificent pictures. I am just going to come right out and say it……..my readers simply have the most superb taste. I was not totally shocked about this revelation but was still stunned at the beauty and talent that abounds amongst my very talented reader pool.

?I was excited at the prospect of putting this post together featuring my readers homes. I am simply in awe over how beautiful everything is……..this could make a beautiful coffee table book! I hope you all enjoy this, and thank you so very very much to each and every one of you who took the time to send me your pictures…….what I can say you helped to make this an absolutely breathtaking post! I originally was going to put all the pictures in one long post but it started getting so long that it was simply not possible, so this is part I and part II will post on Friday. (if your pictures are not here, they will be on Friday, I added them in the order they were sent) ?Here we go…….

There was only one picture that really warranted text ( you will see why further down), a beautiful explanation and story behind the image.
Forewarning…..this post is known to induce heart palpitations, new found inspiration to go and?decorate?your home like a Christmas elf on steroids, and a sudden burst of energy might ?potentially be a “side effect” after viewing:)

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Hi Tina,
It seems especially appropriate to share this special family heirloom brought out for Christmas, with the sad and devastating news from Newtown CT that is all around us. ?This Christmas we turn to God with heavy hearts but still want to celebrate the joy of the birth of the Messiah. ?We all are searching for the true meaning of Christmas, maybe this year more than ever! . ?This piece, which decorates a table in our dining room, was given to my husband’s great Aunt (Tante Louise) who was one of the first women Doctors. ?She became the Director of the American Hospital in Reims, France during World War I. ?Treating victims of the gas attacks was especially gruesome, and the people of Reims showed their gratitude at the end of the war by bestowing on her the medals of the French Legion of Honor. ( The Ordre nationale de la Legion d’honneur was created in 1802 by Napolean Bonaparte and continues to this day. ) Along with that, the city presented her with this incredible work, a miniature facsimile of one of the windows of the great Cathedral of Reims. ? This year it is a reminder that in the face of cruelty and evil, good people continue on, to rebuild and restore. ?Just as the French rebuilt this great Cathedral which was partially destroyed in the War, our country will embrace Newtown and the families facing the unbearable task of moving on with their lives. ?It will take a lot of work, maybe much more than rebuilding a Cathedral, but our country has to do more to keep guns out of the hands of sick and evil people.

Blessings and good tidings, ?Jayne


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Noooooo, you are not looking at some new hot online magazine devoted to Christmas decor…these were all pictures sent in by my readers, really and truly! ?Amazing, huh? I am flattered beyond words that these are my readers!! More to come on Friday…….you can still submit yours but the deadline to do is Tuesday, Dec.18th, email me at theenchantedhome@gmail.com





?Thank you sooo much for sharing and allowing us a peek into your fabulous homes. And to everyone else, thank you for stopping by to have a look………quite inspirational?don’t you think? I think next year we will do a contest…make it really fun and get everyone in the mix! Wishing everyone a wonderful day and all the joys of the season. Stay tuned for part II on Friday and a giveaway announement tomorrow.

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Readers holiday homes….and it will knock your stockings off!



I start again to ask that we all keep the town of Newtown, the families grieving an unbearable loss and our great country that is in mourning in our prayers. It is so unimaginable and to have seen the interfaith service and hear those names being read off, made it so “real”. I know like all of you , we are all busy with the holiday hustle and bustle and that does not stop but I do hope we can take just a minute out of our day to pray for those left grieving, that God will light the dark path they are walking right now. God has called all of those that died home…….and we must hold them as well as their families in our hearts.

 Good morning…..OK you must sit back, relax, grab another cup of coffee and take this all in with your full concentration. This has turned out to be a long post, chock full of magnificent pictures. I am just going to come right out and say it……..my readers simply have the most superb taste. I was not totally shocked about this revelation but was still stunned at the beauty and talent that abounds amongst my very talented reader pool.

 I was excited at the prospect of putting this post together featuring my readers homes. I am simply in awe over how beautiful everything is……..this could make a beautiful coffee table book! I hope you all enjoy this, and thank you so very very much to each and every one of you who took the time to send me your pictures…….what I can say you helped to make this an absolutely breathtaking post! I originally was going to put all the pictures in one long post but it started getting so long that it was simply not possible, so this is part I and part II will post on Friday. (if your pictures are not here, they will be on Friday, I added them in the order they were sent)  Here we go…….

There was only one picture that really warranted text ( you will see why further down), a beautiful explanation and story behind the image.
Forewarning…..this post is known to induce heart palpitations, new found inspiration to go and decorate your home like a Christmas elf on steroids, and a sudden burst of energy might  potentially be a “side effect” after viewing:)

 

Hi Tina,
It seems especially appropriate to share this special family heirloom brought out for Christmas, with the sad and devastating news from Newtown CT that is all around us.  This Christmas we turn to God with heavy hearts but still want to celebrate the joy of the birth of the Messiah.  We all are searching for the true meaning of Christmas, maybe this year more than ever! .  This piece, which decorates a table in our dining room, was given to my husband’s great Aunt (Tante Louise) who was one of the first women Doctors.  She became the Director of the American Hospital in Reims, France during World War I.  Treating victims of the gas attacks was especially gruesome, and the people of Reims showed their gratitude at the end of the war by bestowing on her the medals of the French Legion of Honor. ( The Ordre nationale de la Legion d’honneur was created in 1802 by Napolean Bonaparte and continues to this day. ) Along with that, the city presented her with this incredible work, a miniature facsimile of one of the windows of the great Cathedral of Reims.   This year it is a reminder that in the face of cruelty and evil, good people continue on, to rebuild and restore.  Just as the French rebuilt this great Cathedral which was partially destroyed in the War, our country will embrace Newtown and the families facing the unbearable task of moving on with their lives.  It will take a lot of work, maybe much more than rebuilding a Cathedral, but our country has to do more to keep guns out of the hands of sick and evil people.

Blessings and good tidings,  Jayne

 
Noooooo, you are not looking at some new hot online magazine devoted to Christmas decor…these were all pictures sent in by my readers, really and truly!  Amazing, huh? I am flattered beyond words that these are my readers!! More to come on Friday…….you can still submit yours but the deadline to do is Tuesday, Dec.18th, email me at theenchantedhome@gmail.com

 Thank you sooo much for sharing and allowing us a peek into your fabulous homes. And to everyone else, thank you for stopping by to have a look………quite inspirational don’t you think? I think next year we will do a contest…make it really fun and get everyone in the mix! Wishing everyone a wonderful day and all the joys of the season. Stay tuned for part II on Friday and a giveaway announement tomorrow.
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Luncheon accomplished!, today’s my birthday and the recipes!

I added onto my post….including the recipes from yesterday that so many of you asked for. They have been added to the bottom!

Hi everyone….its been a busy busy week. This is a short post (for me). Had a luncheon for 26 friends to celebrate one of my dearest friends birthdays in the world. It was loads of fun and so worth any effort, stress and extra calories that went into making it happen. It felt more daunting to plan because of the Christmas chaos that is full swing but it ended up being loads of fun.? Did my best to capture some of it, but was not able to get as many pictures as I would have liked. I was busy up until the last second before someone arrived and then got busy? greeting everyone (think I need an in house photographer) lol! So here are a few highlights………..really wish I had been able to take more “in progress”. A friend of mine? snapped some of the highlights….

ALSO FOR ANYONE WHO IS PLANNING ON ORDERING MY MONOGRAMMED LINENS, TOMORROW, DEC. 14TH IS THE LAST DAY YOU CAN ORDER THEM BEFORE CHRISTMAS (THE FACTORY CLOSES FROM THE 17TH UNTIL JAN. 3RD), CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE LINK.

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Come on in……

This brie is soooooo good. I swear one day I am going to make it just for ME!

Made this centerpiece arrangement, it came out really pretty (more on that next week)

Yummy…..the brie is ready to come out of the oven!

Big round tray for fish and large fruit platter going into the fridge, Teddy “standing guard” for any remnants that might hit the floor…

The spread……a tricolor with shaved Parmesan and yellow tomatoes, a tricolor pasta with fresh basil, mozzarella and tomatoes, an herbed salmon and a lemon dill salmon, a mushroom and spinach quiche and finally my “in house staple” the Chinese chicken salad

?How pretty are these poinsettia topiaries that I found? I love them, they are so festive and elegant!

?The pretty flower cake…….white ganache and heavenly! (bummed that there weren’t leftovers)!

?A big fruit platter……this can be eaten without any guilt and when you had a piece of cake next to it, it cancels out the calories 🙂

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I am going to do a post on my completed Christmas decorations including my tree on Monday. Some of it you have seen but there are a few new additions and of course my Christmas tree!

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Speaking of holiday decorations…I have SO enjoyed getting all your pictures. All I can say is that I must have the most talented readers out there! Its not too late to send me yours, I will post this next Tues, Dec. 18th so I only ask that you submit your photos by Monday Dec.? 17th. Email your picture(s) to theenchantedhome@gmail.com. This is going to be one fabulous post!



You know I am always bragging about my readers and their exceptional taste level…check out these two beauties. One used my silver planter for a holiday party centerpiece and the other has my pretty ginger jar pillow on display! LOVE these!

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Wrapped my first two Christmas gifts, here they are. I always pick up all kinds of litlte doo dads to add to gifts to make them feel special. Granted, I have a looooong way to go and many gifts yet to even purchase but this is one step in the right direction.

?I like adding small adornments to packages, nothing super overdone but even a touch of greenery and a pine cone can make a gift feel special

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Tomorrow is my birthday so I am taking the day off. I really need a “decompressor” and I have chosen that day to be my day of relaxation. A very good friend of mine is hosting a small lunch for me ( I said no but she was adamant so it’s just me and five of my closest friends) small and intimate just the way I like it. I will be sure to share highlights next week.

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Wishing you a wonderful day, a sane and peaceful state of mind as we all find our way through the crazy maze of Christmas and holiday journeys. Fun, oh yes but the stress level can run high too. Of course I think (I speak for myself ) that I also set the bar high and sometimes set unrealistic expectations of what can be done!? SO remember deep breaths, lots of little breaks, coffee and/or wine and lots of laughter will all help you get through it! Ho ho ho………?

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Hi its Dec. 14th and I am adding onto my post by popular demand! Here are the two recipes for the brie and the fish………so easy but they look and taste like you slaved in the kitchen all night long:)

And here’s a little gift from me to you….the recipes from yesterday that so many of you asked for!

Best brie ever!

One large brie
Dough ( I use Pepperidge farm because I like the easy way out) but you can also make homemade dough if you are really that ambitious……not me
About 1/2 cup of slivered almonds or pecans
Fresh cranberries
Maple syrup
Sugar
1/2 stick of butter
Egg whites
Brown sugar

Put cranberries in a ziploc and add maple syrup, shake bag so all are covered, ideally they marinate over night. Next morning roll them or shake them in a ziploc with sugar…..Cut the rind off of the cheese, let dough sit at room temp, roll it out with ample flour until you have plenty to wrap around the cheese. Add cranberries, cut butter, nuts and then top with brown sugar on top of cheese, then “wrap” the dough around and twist on top. Brush on the egg whites to seal the dough. Bake into a pre heated oven at 350- 375? for approx. 25-30 minutes. As soon as it is golden brown take it out, you can cover with aluminum foil and serve about 15 minutes later. If keeping in oven, turn oven off and tightly wrap with aluminum. I garnish with fresh cranberries. I serve with Carrs water crackers,

Only advice I have is watch over the brie carefully and as soon as you? see it about to be demolished announce lunch or dinner is served, swiftly remove tray- this way you insure you have leftovers for yourself:)


My easy peasy salmon-

If you can overnight, squeeze the juice of 2 lemons over fish and sprinkle liberally with sea salt? and drizzle with olive oil, then cover with aluminum. The next morning, drench (as in the entire bottle) the fish in a lemon dill sauce/marinate. Squeeze a fresh lemon over it. Cut up about 4 cloves of fresh garlic in thin slivers I make little slits in the fish and insert garlic. Add red pepper, fresh dill and lemon slices. Add sea salt if needed. Bake covered at around 350 then? last 10 minute remove aluminum so it gets a little crusty on top. I then remove the garlic that has done its job by giving it a wonderful flavor. Great thing is this can easily be served room temperature, Iooks pretty to add some fresh lemon slices and fresh dill on top.? I also take the “sauce and juices” from the pan and drizzle over the fish.? This is so easy and quite delicious…the fresh dill and lemon are what make this so yummy.

So there you have it, so many of you asked, I had to share. Happy cooking!






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Luncheon accomplished!, today’s my birthday and the recipes!

I added onto my post….including the recipes from yesterday that so many of you asked for. They have been added to the bottom!

Hi everyone….its been a busy busy week. This is a short post (for me). Had a luncheon for 26 friends to celebrate one of my dearest friends birthdays in the world. It was loads of fun and so worth any effort, stress and extra calories that went into making it happen. It felt more daunting to plan because of the Christmas chaos that is full swing but it ended up being loads of fun.  Did my best to capture some of it, but was not able to get as many pictures as I would have liked. I was busy up until the last second before someone arrived and then got busy  greeting everyone (think I need an in house photographer) lol! So here are a few highlights………..really wish I had been able to take more “in progress”. A friend of mine  snapped some of the highlights….

ALSO FOR ANYONE WHO IS PLANNING ON ORDERING MY MONOGRAMMED LINENS, TOMORROW, DEC. 14TH IS THE LAST DAY YOU CAN ORDER THEM BEFORE CHRISTMAS (THE FACTORY CLOSES FROM THE 17TH UNTIL JAN. 3RD), CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE LINK.

 

Come on in……

This brie is soooooo good. I swear one day I am going to make it just for ME!

Made this centerpiece arrangement, it came out really pretty (more on that next week)

Yummy…..the brie is ready to come out of the oven!

Big round tray for fish and large fruit platter going into the fridge, Teddy “standing guard” for any remnants that might hit the floor…

The spread……a tricolor with shaved Parmesan and yellow tomatoes, a tricolor pasta with fresh basil, mozzarella and tomatoes, an herbed salmon and a lemon dill salmon, a mushroom and spinach quiche and finally my “in house staple” the Chinese chicken salad

 How pretty are these poinsettia topiaries that I found? I love them, they are so festive and elegant!

 The pretty flower cake…….white ganache and heavenly! (bummed that there weren’t leftovers)!

 A big fruit platter……this can be eaten without any guilt and when you had a piece of cake next to it, it cancels out the calories 🙂

 
 
I am going to do a post on my completed Christmas decorations including my tree on Monday. Some of it you have seen but there are a few new additions and of course my Christmas tree!
 
 
Speaking of holiday decorations…I have SO enjoyed getting all your pictures. All I can say is that I must have the most talented readers out there! Its not too late to send me yours, I will post this next Tues, Dec. 18th so I only ask that you submit your photos by Monday Dec.  17th. Email your picture(s) to theenchantedhome@gmail.com. This is going to be one fabulous post!

You know I am always bragging about my readers and their exceptional taste level…check out these two beauties. One used my silver planter for a holiday party centerpiece and the other has my pretty ginger jar pillow on display! LOVE these!

 

 
 
Wrapped my first two Christmas gifts, here they are. I always pick up all kinds of litlte doo dads to add to gifts to make them feel special. Granted, I have a looooong way to go and many gifts yet to even purchase but this is one step in the right direction.

 I like adding small adornments to packages, nothing super overdone but even a touch of greenery and a pine cone can make a gift feel special
 
 
Tomorrow is my birthday so I am taking the day off. I really need a “decompressor” and I have chosen that day to be my day of relaxation. A very good friend of mine is hosting a small lunch for me ( I said no but she was adamant so it’s just me and five of my closest friends) small and intimate just the way I like it. I will be sure to share highlights next week.
 
 
Wishing you a wonderful day, a sane and peaceful state of mind as we all find our way through the crazy maze of Christmas and holiday journeys. Fun, oh yes but the stress level can run high too. Of course I think (I speak for myself ) that I also set the bar high and sometimes set unrealistic expectations of what can be done!  SO remember deep breaths, lots of little breaks, coffee and/or wine and lots of laughter will all help you get through it! Ho ho ho……… 
 
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Hi its Dec. 14th and I am adding onto my post by popular demand! Here are the two recipes for the brie and the fish………so easy but they look and taste like you slaved in the kitchen all night long:)

And here’s a little gift from me to you….the recipes from yesterday that so many of you asked for!

Best brie ever!

One large brie
Dough ( I use Pepperidge farm because I like the easy way out) but you can also make homemade dough if you are really that ambitious……not me
About 1/2 cup of slivered almonds or pecans
Fresh cranberries
Maple syrup
Sugar
1/2 stick of butter
Egg whites
Brown sugar

Put cranberries in a ziploc and add maple syrup, shake bag so all are covered, ideally they marinate over night. Next morning roll them or shake them in a ziploc with sugar…..Cut the rind off of the cheese, let dough sit at room temp, roll it out with ample flour until you have plenty to wrap around the cheese. Add cranberries, cut butter, nuts and then top with brown sugar on top of cheese, then “wrap” the dough around and twist on top. Brush on the egg whites to seal the dough. Bake into a pre heated oven at 350- 375  for approx. 25-30 minutes. As soon as it is golden brown take it out, you can cover with aluminum foil and serve about 15 minutes later. If keeping in oven, turn oven off and tightly wrap with aluminum. I garnish with fresh cranberries. I serve with Carrs water crackers,

Only advice I have is watch over the brie carefully and as soon as you  see it about to be demolished announce lunch or dinner is served, swiftly remove tray- this way you insure you have leftovers for yourself:)


My easy peasy salmon-

If you can overnight, squeeze the juice of 2 lemons over fish and sprinkle liberally with sea salt  and drizzle with olive oil, then cover with aluminum. The next morning, drench (as in the entire bottle) the fish in a lemon dill sauce/marinate. Squeeze a fresh lemon over it. Cut up about 4 cloves of fresh garlic in thin slivers I make little slits in the fish and insert garlic. Add red pepper, fresh dill and lemon slices. Add sea salt if needed. Bake covered at around 350 then  last 10 minute remove aluminum so it gets a little crusty on top. I then remove the garlic that has done its job by giving it a wonderful flavor. Great thing is this can easily be served room temperature, Iooks pretty to add some fresh lemon slices and fresh dill on top.  I also take the “sauce and juices” from the pan and drizzle over the fish.  This is so easy and quite delicious…the fresh dill and lemon are what make this so yummy.

So there you have it, so many of you asked, I had to share. Happy cooking!

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Randon musings and my start on Christmas decorating!

Hi there! So happy to be back in blogland!? Was also excited to see my scheduled post on “enchanted giving” posted on Sunday. I am happy to announce a winner this morning for the 3 bars of monogrammed soaps and soap dish! Here we go, congrats goes to-

Result:#87 (from random number generator)

There is so much to love! I am particularly fond of the dough bowls. And the napkin rings… Thank you for the giveaway. Susan H. sphicks@aol.com

?Please contact me with your contact and shipping information click here to email me. I will be having many more giveaways right up to Christmas so stay tuned!

Moving on….hope your Thanksgiving holiday was fabulous! Ours was so much fun. I have never spent Thanksgiving by the beach and have to say, we had a blast. Besides my sisters family we also had extended family in from out of town so it was chaotic, loud, food everywhere, football games blasting, kids all over, just the way I like it…very lively! The super charming home from the movie, Nights in Rodanthe was filmed there.?

The Outer Banks are so beautiful, a very lively beach community and I have to say the beach itself is one of the most beautiful I have seen. It is so wide and open, truly spectacular as my pictures will show. It is also to me, simply magical to be by the ocean in the “off season” walking the expanse of beach with not a soul in sight….talk about peaceful!? It was nice being away for four days, it was a much needed little break. I am now ready to plow ahead with a super busy month. Below are a few highlights from our trip…I am always so inspired to take pictures when by the ocean!

?My sisters adorable (and very athletic) golden, Moosey! He could be Teddy’s twin and they are good buddies…we so wish Teddy had been with us.

?Last house right before the beach……newly completed, love the decks and the views are spectacular!

Headed over the dunes to the ocean and letting Moosey be our fearless leader…….
?Moosey showing off for the camera!! Boy, can he swim!

?Even on a very foggy morning, the beach was absolutely spectacular!
?Everyone said they had never seen the shoreline this close to the dunes ever.

?Still going………..

Show off!

?Sisters neighborhood……..great homes, wonderful community, amazing beach..what more do you need!
?Now hes off to the lake….he just cannot get enough!

?We went on a wild horse tour…….fun fun fun to go off roading on the beach in a giant hummer!

The house from the movie, Nights in Rodanthe

And we are off…….it was a spectacular day (but coooold)……..
?Absolutely breathtaking stretch of beach, that went on like this for miles and miles……….
Check out the “sea foam”……looks like snow!

?How calming and peaceful is this? Made me want to pitch a tent….lol
?This house is the closest to the ocean that I have ever seen, it is practically IN the ocean. I mean I do love ocean front but this is a little scary…..

?Hey,, we finally spotted a “wild horse”!!!!!!! Not exactly as I had imagined in my mind but good enough!

?Lots of off roaders on the beach this day after Thanksgiving

?An old Coast guard building…charming. What I could do to that to make it mine:)
?Second sighting of “the wild horses”….OK this is not the wild beautiful mustangs I envisioned galloping on the beach at breakneck speed but this lazy fella sure gave us a good laugh (not to the amusement of our “tour guide”)

?The house so close to the ocean…I will call it “Oceans edge”
So those are a few highlights..it was so much fun. We really had a blast and the best part was of course, all of us being together..doesn’t get better!! Onto Christmas!
And speaking of Christmas….I am starting to do some Christmas decorating around here, lots more to go, but here’s a peek of whats happening around here

?Got my dough bowl ready for the holidays and have to say I LOVE the way it turned out…also super easy, green, berries and scented pinecones..voila and I was done!

?And on my breakfast room table flanked by two pretty red amaryllis plants.

?And then I started some outdoor decorating too…still have to get my big oversized wreath and will probably add some boxwood garland around the door but will see…..

?And on a hallway chest, I kept this little vignette in all golds, silvers and pewter tones…..

And in a hallway chest……getting things all spruced up for the Christmas spirit…….

?Here’s a “do it yourselfer’ I worked on, still need to add the finishing touches but have to say I really love how its coming out. Saw one in a store for $290.00 and felt it was so overpriced. I made this for about? $20!! (not including the tole planter)

?And I love experimenting with table settings…….this was one such “experiment”…..

I have a very large antique blue and white bowl (about 20″) which I like to change seasonally with different plants.I planted it with white poinsettias and put scented pinecones at the base…..

Though I am not done, I am putting the finishing touches on my planters and have yet to hang the wreath( in a week or so) and maybe garland around the door..so consider these “in progess” shots!

Last speaking of dough bowls…..just got my last batch from this particular lot of bowls from Hungary and Belgium. They are truly exceptional. As the saying goes these are truly? “the pick of the litter” and as pretty as they get. So many of you have written that its simply easier to post them here with their sizes and it will be first come first serve. Absolutely stunning bowls! Contact me here if you are interested. A new batch will be here in February from this resource. In the meantime I will still be able to get some from my other resource but they are not quite as special as these (in my humble opinion)!

?This beauty is 31×17

?And this one is 32×17

This one is 27×17

?And finally this one is 26×17
?

For anyone who is contemplating a napkin ring order…….this is the final week of my napkin rings being offered at their introductory price of $45.00. As of this weekend they will be $55.00 (still very competitive and discounted heavily). Remember any napkin ring you have seen on my site can be ordered though not all are on the online store!

I have some new goodies being added to New Arrivals which will be there later today, be sure to check them out! Here’s a sneak peek at whats new….

So that’s whats going on over here! I will be posting 2-3 times a week as opposed to my usual 4 and even sometimes 5 times a week from here on until Christmas, it is such a busy season with all that I have going on plus my blog and online shop…… I do need to sleep (wink)? and I have many balls I am juggling in the air! Thanks for stopping in, wishing you a wonderful day and all the joys of this magical season!

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Randon musings and my start on Christmas decorating!

Hi there! So happy to be back in blogland!  Was also excited to see my scheduled post on “enchanted giving” posted on Sunday. I am happy to announce a winner this morning for the 3 bars of monogrammed soaps and soap dish! Here we go, congrats goes to-

Result:#87 (from random number generator)

There is so much to love! I am particularly fond of the dough bowls. And the napkin rings… Thank you for the giveaway. Susan H. sphicks@aol.com

 Please contact me with your contact and shipping information click here to email me. I will be having many more giveaways right up to Christmas so stay tuned!

Moving on….hope your Thanksgiving holiday was fabulous! Ours was so much fun. I have never spent Thanksgiving by the beach and have to say, we had a blast. Besides my sisters family we also had extended family in from out of town so it was chaotic, loud, food everywhere, football games blasting, kids all over, just the way I like it…very lively! The super charming home from the movie, Nights in Rodanthe was filmed there. 

The Outer Banks are so beautiful, a very lively beach community and I have to say the beach itself is one of the most beautiful I have seen. It is so wide and open, truly spectacular as my pictures will show. It is also to me, simply magical to be by the ocean in the “off season” walking the expanse of beach with not a soul in sight….talk about peaceful!  It was nice being away for four days, it was a much needed little break. I am now ready to plow ahead with a super busy month. Below are a few highlights from our trip…I am always so inspired to take pictures when by the ocean!

 My sisters adorable (and very athletic) golden, Moosey! He could be Teddy’s twin and they are good buddies…we so wish Teddy had been with us.

 Last house right before the beach……newly completed, love the decks and the views are spectacular!

Headed over the dunes to the ocean and letting Moosey be our fearless leader…….
 Moosey showing off for the camera!! Boy, can he swim!

 Even on a very foggy morning, the beach was absolutely spectacular!
 Everyone said they had never seen the shoreline this close to the dunes ever.

 Still going………..

Show off!

 Sisters neighborhood……..great homes, wonderful community, amazing beach..what more do you need!
 Now hes off to the lake….he just cannot get enough!

 We went on a wild horse tour…….fun fun fun to go off roading on the beach in a giant hummer!

The house from the movie, Nights in Rodanthe

And we are off…….it was a spectacular day (but coooold)……..
 Absolutely breathtaking stretch of beach, that went on like this for miles and miles……….
Check out the “sea foam”……looks like snow!

 How calming and peaceful is this? Made me want to pitch a tent….lol
 This house is the closest to the ocean that I have ever seen, it is practically IN the ocean. I mean I do love ocean front but this is a little scary…..

 Hey,, we finally spotted a “wild horse”!!!!!!! Not exactly as I had imagined in my mind but good enough!

 Lots of off roaders on the beach this day after Thanksgiving

 An old Coast guard building…charming. What I could do to that to make it mine:)
 Second sighting of “the wild horses”….OK this is not the wild beautiful mustangs I envisioned galloping on the beach at breakneck speed but this lazy fella sure gave us a good laugh (not to the amusement of our “tour guide”)

 The house so close to the ocean…I will call it “Oceans edge”
So those are a few highlights..it was so much fun. We really had a blast and the best part was of course, all of us being together..doesn’t get better!! Onto Christmas!
And speaking of Christmas….I am starting to do some Christmas decorating around here, lots more to go, but here’s a peek of whats happening around here

 Got my dough bowl ready for the holidays and have to say I LOVE the way it turned out…also super easy, green, berries and scented pinecones..voila and I was done!

 And on my breakfast room table flanked by two pretty red amaryllis plants.

 And then I started some outdoor decorating too…still have to get my big oversized wreath and will probably add some boxwood garland around the door but will see…..

 And on a hallway chest, I kept this little vignette in all golds, silvers and pewter tones…..

And in a hallway chest……getting things all spruced up for the Christmas spirit…….

 Here’s a “do it yourselfer’ I worked on, still need to add the finishing touches but have to say I really love how its coming out. Saw one in a store for $290.00 and felt it was so overpriced. I made this for about  $20!! (not including the tole planter)

 And I love experimenting with table settings…….this was one such “experiment”…..

I have a very large antique blue and white bowl (about 20″) which I like to change seasonally with different plants.I planted it with white poinsettias and put scented pinecones at the base…..

Though I am not done, I am putting the finishing touches on my planters and have yet to hang the wreath( in a week or so) and maybe garland around the door..so consider these “in progess” shots!

Last speaking of dough bowls…..just got my last batch from this particular lot of bowls from Hungary and Belgium. They are truly exceptional. As the saying goes these are truly  “the pick of the litter” and as pretty as they get. So many of you have written that its simply easier to post them here with their sizes and it will be first come first serve. Absolutely stunning bowls! Contact me here if you are interested. A new batch will be here in February from this resource. In the meantime I will still be able to get some from my other resource but they are not quite as special as these (in my humble opinion)!

 This beauty is 31×17

 And this one is 32×17

This one is 27×17

 And finally this one is 26×17
 

For anyone who is contemplating a napkin ring order…….this is the final week of my napkin rings being offered at their introductory price of $45.00. As of this weekend they will be $55.00 (still very competitive and discounted heavily). Remember any napkin ring you have seen on my site can be ordered though not all are on the online store!

I have some new goodies being added to New Arrivals which will be there later today, be sure to check them out! Here’s a sneak peek at whats new….

So that’s whats going on over here! I will be posting 2-3 times a week as opposed to my usual 4 and even sometimes 5 times a week from here on until Christmas, it is such a busy season with all that I have going on plus my blog and online shop…… I do need to sleep (wink)  and I have many balls I am juggling in the air! Thanks for stopping in, wishing you a wonderful day and all the joys of this magical season!

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