Merry Christmas and a lucky winner!

Well folks the time has come. Christmas cards have been mailed, decorations are all put up, gifts have been bought and wrapped (well almost all), stretchy pants have been brought out to accommodate the indulgence of great foods, menus have been planned, my holiday family party has come and gone (and my feet paid the price) and our doors have been opened and are still being opened today to our out of town guests/family. All of the “buildup” of the last month has come to fruition. And now its time to sit back, savor, cherish and enjoy! But before I do I want to announce the lucky winner of the absolutely gorgeous Safavieh bench! Congrats goes to……

 

Result:  89

Hello Tina, As always I enjoy your post so much. Thank you so much for yet another giveaway! Wow! Safavieh Home is full of lovelies. I have been looking for a console table and I was drawn to the “Nakita” and “Bucknell” consoles. Merry Christmas to you and yours!
Please contact me here so your gorgeous bench can be on its way!! Thank you Safavieh!

I will be taking off the next few days to celebrate this most wonderful season of Christmas with my family. I want to wish everyone a most joyous season, one that I hope will be filled with much joy, laughter, love and peace. I have a feeling 2014 is going to be a fabulous year (14 afterall if one of my lucky numbers)!

Hope your Christmas/holidays are wonderful and I personally look forward to doing a lot of cooking, eating, game playing, movie watching and reminiscing with my family (and maybe some sneaking in a little time to see what’s new and exciting in blogland)!

 From our home to yours…..a very Merry Christmas!

Don’t forget as you get busy celebrating Christmas to snap a few pictures of the festivities and enter them in my contest!

 I also want to announce the start of my final contest for 2013, “Christmas magic”. I will be collecting pictures as of today through Jan. 1st. I will hold the contest on Jan. 4-6th and announce the winner(s) on Jan 7th. As the name implies….please send your pictures of anything Christmas related, your decorated front door, a beautifully wrapped gift, a table set with your Christmas finest, your darling kids and pets are always a hit, whatever the name “Christmas magic” means to you! Since my “Hooray for the Holidays” post included some Christmas pictures, if you would like to use the entry you used for that please just email me to let me know and I will be happy to include it. I cannot wait to start getting your entries!! Remember-

  • 2 entries per person (they must be your pictures, not downloaded from internet)
  • Please in subject line when you email me put Christmas Magic (get tons of emails )

Please email your pictures to theenchantedhome@gmail.com 

Ho ho ho….Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas and a lucky winner!

Well folks the time has come. Christmas cards have been mailed, decorations are all put up, gifts have been bought and wrapped (well almost all), stretchy pants have been brought out to accommodate the indulgence of great foods, menus have been planned, my holiday family party has come and gone (and my feet paid the price) and our doors have been opened and are still being opened today to our out of town guests/family. All of the “buildup” of the last month has come to fruition. And now its time to sit back, savor, cherish and enjoy! But before I do I want to announce the lucky winner of the absolutely gorgeous Safavieh bench! Congrats goes to……

?

Result:? 89

Hello Tina, As always I enjoy your post so much. Thank you so much for yet another giveaway! Wow! Safavieh Home is full of lovelies. I have been looking for a console table and I was drawn to the “Nakita” and “Bucknell” consoles. Merry Christmas to you and yours!
Please contact me here so your gorgeous bench can be on its way!! Thank you Safavieh!

I will be taking off the next few days to celebrate this most wonderful season of Christmas with my family. I want to wish everyone a most joyous season, one that I hope will be filled with much joy, laughter, love and peace. I have a feeling 2014 is going to be a fabulous year (14 afterall if one of my lucky numbers)!

Hope your Christmas/holidays are wonderful and I personally look forward to doing a lot of cooking, eating, game playing, movie watching and reminiscing with my family (and maybe some sneaking in a little time to see what’s new and exciting in blogland)!

?From our home to yours…..a very Merry Christmas!

Don’t forget as you get busy celebrating Christmas to snap a few pictures of the festivities and enter them in my contest!

?I also want to announce the start of my final contest for 2013, “Christmas magic”. I will be collecting pictures as of today through Jan. 1st. I will hold the contest on Jan. 4-6th and announce the winner(s) on Jan 7th. As the name implies….please send your pictures of anything Christmas related, your decorated front door, a beautifully wrapped gift, a table set with your Christmas finest, your darling kids and pets are always a hit, whatever the name “Christmas magic” means to you! Since my “Hooray for the Holidays” post included some Christmas pictures, if you would like to use the entry you used for that please just email me to let me know and I will be happy to include it. I cannot wait to start getting your entries!! Remember-

  • 2 entries per person (they must be your pictures, not downloaded from internet)
  • Please in subject line when you email me put Christmas Magic (get tons of emails )

Please email your pictures to theenchantedhome@gmail.com?

Ho ho ho….Merry Christmas!

Not your mama’s gingerbread house…..

Hi there, are you as busy as I am? C R A Z Y time of year, but somehow it is still fun and magical and exciting I keep thinking if I tell myself this I will really believe it! Not sure about you but I have had a lifelong fascination with gingerbread houses ever since I was little.  And even though my talent is no match for my enthusiasm and love, I still am fascinated by them. Lets just say “my creations” will never EVER grace the pages of Pinterest! But I am still in awe of the spectacular houses that are made by the hands of some seriously talented bakers and artisans. Thought it would make a fun post in the spirit of Christmas being just days away.

I cannot get over the level of detail and one year, when all is calm and peaceful in the kingdom, I may just attempt to make a really special gingerbread house. It won’t be a frantic “lets do it in one night” attempt but instead it will be a carefully thought out, brilliantly orchestrated month long affair…….tweaking and adding just bit by bit, day by day and I promise to  take you along for the ride. Who knows…..perhaps next Christmas! How about you? Do you make one or are you like me just are in awe and love to marvel at the talents of others? Feast your eyes on these…….

 The details, the details!
How sweet, a pink gingerbread house! Sweetopia,

 A gingerbread house with its very own slate roof….gotta love it!

 I am expecting Hansel and Gretel to come waltzing out of there any minute…….

This one is so amazing…love the snow and the “stone” Indulgy
 I am just floored at the level of detail!
This one is so sweet, love the pink and rock crystal “trees”….clever!

 So elegant and grand!
Simple and sweet…….

 I love the simplicity of this one, heck almost something I could do!
LOVE this barn, the silo is such a cute addition! Style sweet
 Cake 3 did a fabulous job on this lifelike gingerbread house
OK seriously people I want to live here!
 This is more like a gingerbread estate!
 Cannot get over the level of detail here……amazing!!
Gotta love it…a gingerbread pagoda!!
Wow! This is one blinged out gingerbread house…..so festive!
Well? What do you think? Love them? Me too! Have a favorite? Have you ever attempted to make one? One year I am determined to make one that will warrant sharing:) Thanks for stopping in, hope you are not too crazed as I know this time of year just inevitably has us all running around like mad. I am trying to take  little breathers (like going to blogland) amidst all the chaos and just know things will get done:) Enjoy and be back tomorrow with my final giveaway announcement as well as two winners!!

TWO THINGS…..

1. Don’t forget today is the last day to be eligible for my amazing giveaways!! Click here for details.

2. And I am now accepting pictures of my newest contest “Christmas Magic”

 I also want to announce the start of my final contest for 2013, “Christmas magic”. I will be collecting pictures as of today through Jan. 1st. I will hold the contest on Jan. 4-6th and announce the winner(s) on Jan 7th. As the name implies….please send your pictures of anything Christmas related, your decorated front door, a beautifully wrapped gift, a table set with your Christmas finest, your darling kids and pets are always a hit, whatever the name “Christmas magic” means to you! Since my “Hooray for the Holidays” post included some Christmas pictures, if you would like to use the entry you used for that please just email me to let me know and I will be happy to include it. I cannot wait to start getting your entries!! Remember-

  • 2 entries per person (they must be your pictures, not downloaded from internet)
  • Please in subject line when you email me put Christmas Magic (get tons of emails )

Please email your pictures to theenchantedhome@gmail.com 

Not your mama’s gingerbread house…..

Hi there, are you as busy as I am? C R A Z Y time of year, but somehow it is still fun and magical and exciting I keep thinking if I tell myself this I will really believe it! Not sure about you but I have had a lifelong fascination with gingerbread houses ever since I was little.? And even though my talent is no match for my enthusiasm and love, I still am fascinated by them. Lets just say “my creations” will never EVER grace the pages of Pinterest! But I am still in awe of the spectacular houses that are made by the hands of some seriously talented bakers and artisans. Thought it would make a fun post in the spirit of Christmas being just days away.

I cannot get over the level of detail and one year, when all is calm and peaceful in the kingdom, I may just attempt to make a really special gingerbread house. It won’t be a frantic “lets do it in one night” attempt but instead it will be a carefully thought out, brilliantly orchestrated month long affair…….tweaking and adding just bit by bit, day by day and I promise to? take you along for the ride. Who knows…..perhaps next Christmas! How about you? Do you make one or are you like me just are in awe and love to marvel at the talents of others? Feast your eyes on these…….

?The details, the details!
How sweet, a pink gingerbread house! Sweetopia,

?A gingerbread house with its very own slate roof….gotta love it!

?I am expecting Hansel and Gretel to come waltzing out of there any minute…….

This one is so amazing…love the snow and the “stone” Indulgy
?I am just floored at the level of detail!
This one is so sweet, love the pink and rock crystal “trees”….clever!

?So elegant and grand!
Simple and sweet…….

?I love the simplicity of this one, heck almost something I could do!
LOVE this barn, the silo is such a cute addition! Style sweet
?Cake 3 did a fabulous job on this lifelike gingerbread house
OK seriously people I want to live here!
?This is more like a gingerbread estate!
?Cannot get over the level of detail here……amazing!!
Gotta love it…a gingerbread pagoda!!
Wow! This is one blinged out gingerbread house…..so festive!
Well? What do you think? Love them? Me too! Have a favorite? Have you ever attempted to make one? One year I am determined to make one that will warrant sharing:) Thanks for stopping in, hope you are not too crazed as I know this time of year just inevitably has us all running around like mad. I am trying to take? little breathers (like going to blogland) amidst all the chaos and just know things will get done:) Enjoy and be back tomorrow with my final giveaway announcement as well as two winners!!

TWO THINGS…..

1. Don’t forget today is the last day to be eligible for my amazing giveaways!! Click here for details.

2. And I am now accepting pictures of my newest contest “Christmas Magic”

?I also want to announce the start of my final contest for 2013, “Christmas magic”. I will be collecting pictures as of today through Jan. 1st. I will hold the contest on Jan. 4-6th and announce the winner(s) on Jan 7th. As the name implies….please send your pictures of anything Christmas related, your decorated front door, a beautifully wrapped gift, a table set with your Christmas finest, your darling kids and pets are always a hit, whatever the name “Christmas magic” means to you! Since my “Hooray for the Holidays” post included some Christmas pictures, if you would like to use the entry you used for that please just email me to let me know and I will be happy to include it. I cannot wait to start getting your entries!! Remember-

  • 2 entries per person (they must be your pictures, not downloaded from internet)
  • Please in subject line when you email me put Christmas Magic (get tons of emails )

Please email your pictures to theenchantedhome@gmail.com?

My home for Christmas 2013 and winners!

 A reminder that the last day to place holiday orders for my online shop is this Tuesday, December 17th.

Hi, first things first. I am thrilled to announce the two lucky winners of the HomeGoods gift card giveaways. Congratulations goes to….

 1st winner 

Result: 86  lynnmosher  December 8, 2013 at 12:22 PM

Your decorations and home are lovely! I’m another classic! 😀

2nd winner (from Facebook)            Result: 20 Trudi Rowe
I’m from the Enchanted Home and my style is Socialite with a touch of Classic
Please contact me here to provide your shipping details…….

 All details for a brand new giveaway will be announced on Sunday!

It’s hard to believe we are in the thick of the Christmas chaos now, isn’t it? I am happy to report my gift buying is in full swing as is my holiday decor. This is early for me and I am thrilled to think I could potentially have it done by this week. My original goal was Dec. 10th so I have added a few days.  I will be posting less in the coming weeks as there are only so many hours in the day (about 2 to 3 times a week) but you can be sure I will post when I can, as blogland is indeed my “happy place” and a refuge of sorts for me to escape the big, crazy world!

I have gotten many requests for “how tos” on decorating and bringing  Christmas cheer into the house. I am by no means an expert but I do love decorating for the holidays and enjoy playing and tweaking all throughout the season.

Funny thing is you will see a lot of red here. And I am not a red person. But I am practical and like to use what I have and realize I have accumulated a truckload of red holiday items!!! I make it work and it happens to look quite good next to blue and white. There are a few tips that I have learned through the years that have become staples in my decorating arsenal and I thought it would make a fun post to share with you  by popular demand.

Some things I always have on hand, guaranteed to make your home feel “Christmas-y”

  • Lots of fresh evergreen (sprigs, scraps or garland that you can cut up) You can get them at not only obvious places like a nursery but your local supermarket and Home Depot for rock bottom prices
  • Faux sprigs of greenery and garland (again need not be expensive, places like Michaels have them)
  • A large empty water bottle filled at all times with fresh water
  • Pinecones, pinecones, pinecones…….you can never have too many and they are not only super inexpensive but offer so much for so little (they come in big bags and I have found really big bags of them at Costco and stock up)
  • A few great smelling holiday scented candles (Seda France makes a fabulous and pretty one)
  • A great Christmas CD (Christmas music is a MUST)
  • Pillar candles to put inside hurricanes (battery operated even better)
  • Pretty ribbon for gift buying and adding to vignettes
  • Pick up those little sprays of faux greenery, berries (some have small ornaments or pinecones) They often offer them at 40-50% off, they can be used EVERYWHERE!
  • A holiday scented room spray (I love this for bathroom)
  • Love fresh winter flowers, paperwhites, amaryllis and pointsettas
  • “Investing” in a few faux really good holiday flowering plants like amaryllis, paperwhites and pointsettas more than pays back over the years. They are like the gift that keeps on giving! 
  • Great and inexpensive way to dress up gifts is 1.5″ thick satin ribbon (like what florists use) You can get 100 yards spool for under $12.00 and believe me it wraps A LOT of gifts and really makes a beautiful presentation 

OK so with those things beyond what else you like to use for the holidays, you can indeed create a very festive feeling home. I  always like to burn a candle in my kitchen (where we always are) and keep the principle rooms in my home feeling festive. A wreath on a kitchen window is gorgeous, or a center island with a pretty evergreen and pinceone display. I love adding pretty touches to a powder room like a small wreath hanging over a mirror, burning a holiday candle or adding small sprigs of everygreen to an existing display (like soaps or potpourri).

So lets start at my front door! Notice I am not showing it in its entirety the planters are not yet done, but I do love my wreath.  The day I was going to do the planters, it snowed and its been a frozen ever since, so need a thaw before I can attempt to do them again….hopefully soon. Love the way this came out……

I filled it with all kinds of wonderful greens, pinecones and magnolia leave…rustic elegance:)

 I almost didn’t use this picture…as it shows a half done tree and an undecorated table. Half the lights are on and not nearly all the decorations, no presents yet under there, will be sure to show you a completed shot too!

The side door gets a simple oversized wreath and bow

Wanted to fill my large beautiful antique dough bowl with a festive feeling arrangement but something easy! Start with a few sprigs of greenery and keep a water bottle nearby for weekly “mists”

Fill a container (in this case used my antique dough bowl) with big oversized pinecones

Voila!! So easy…..and so pretty!

 BEFORE  I like adding garlands to tables/consoles, also on top of mirrors. This is a faux garland I bought I believe at Michaels years ago (have many of these). It is pretty but I like to “jazz it up” and it can be done so easily it’s not even funny, all I do is add sprigs of fresh greens to the center and sides, add a few pinecones and the makeover s complete!


AFTER
See….so easy and the result is just beautiful.

2nd after! And then added a few nutcrackers and a some oversized sugar pinecones….

And in my kitchen added this pretty white hydrangea plant and simple wreath with an ivory bow to the middle window….

The dough bowl found a home on my kitchen island…..

I am admittedly not a huge fan of red but somehow I put that grudge aside during the holidays and actually really develop a temporary affection for the color. I buy these pointsetta topiaries every year, think they are so pretty and definitely very festive. I just find a few pretty empty container and drop them in then add pine cones for  festive touch to the base. The pinceones I buy are also scented so it brings in the wonderful Christmas smell to the room, added them to my island.

(REALLY need to figure out how to use this new camera…somehow the lighting appears off)

And we have a very long hallway that runs the width of the house….so it has several chests and consoles, all of which I do something to…….

Love these little evergreen swags with red velvet ribbon, I add them to each sconce throughout the hallway for an extra little touch

And to my main powder room, I add these pretty topiaries every year and added a gold nutcracker as well….

Add caption
And to the back powder room….. 

Tweaked the hall chest with a beautiful giant faux amarylllis that I use every year (such a good investment)! I put it in my beautiful urn from  my shop…..

I really wish I had bought more of this amaryllis plants….they are so real looking!

 And in my family room, added some holiday touches…

 A white pointsettta plant with a base of pinecones and a gorgeous pinceone garland on the console behind sofa

 My two deer plant holders hold two pointsettas and my two Santas on either end, this is not done!

 I have many of these little Santa’s so just place them on top of books or wherever I can find a spot:)

 The beautiful pinecone topiaires I found from HomeGoods on the family room coffee table……..(and yes the tags will all get cut:)

Changed out the moss balls to lovely pale pinky pointsettas in my urns in the foyer………(the bottom is a wreath that I placed the urns in the center of)

Have some paperwhites (my favorite holiday flower) here and there……picking up more next week

Other vignettes throughout the house…

 Haven’t really done anything in the dining room but this small chest is a work in progress!

 A hallway console
Another hallway console….proof that blue and white really does work with everything!

Even red Santa’s

In a guest bedroom I like to add a touch or two… in this case put these pretty pointsettas in these gorgeous planters on the console to bring in a little Christmas for our out of town guests….

Added a simple boxwood ball to the guest powder room but will add a Christmas candle when our guests come

And look at this another wrapped gift……progress is being made!

 My favorite combo, a simple pinecone and small cutting of faux or real evergreen

 That makes two! Many more to come…..

Here are a few pics hot off the presses as of last night, tree almost done and it’s starting to shape up…

 This tree at about 11′ looked HUGE in the nursery but now it just looks like an average sized tree…..

 I do love this planter…..and orchids of course!

So folks, that’s whats been keeping me busy so far! I will probably do a round 2 sometime later next week if time allows just to show you the “final final” result…..I am pleased in that everything I used I already had (with the exception of the HomeGoods things) and I realized I do have a lot (way more than my husband wishes I had…his daily mantra is enough, enough)! Hey, when you have the spirit, you go all the way:)
And just one more thing….I promise!!! You will want to know about this…….
 Christmas Magic Contest

 I also want to announce the start of my final contest for 2013, “Christmas magic”. I will be collecting pictures as of today through Jan. 1st. I will hold the contest on Jan. 4-6th and announce the winner(s) on Jan 7th. As the name implies….please send your pictures of anything Christmas related, your decorated front door, a beautifully wrapped gift, a table set with your Christmas finest, your darling kids and pets are always a hit, whatever the name “Christmas magic” means to you! Since my “Hooray for the Holidays” post included some Christmas pictures, if you would like to use the entry you used for that please just email me to let me know and I will be happy to include it. I cannot wait to start getting your entries!! Remember-

  • 2 entries per person (they must be your pictures, not downloaded from internet)
  • Please in subject line when you email me put Christmas Magic (get tons of emails )
Please email your pictures to theenchantedhome@gmail.com

    Thanks so much for stopping in, wishing you a fabulous day and weekend!! Be sure to check back on Sunday where I will announce the next TWO fabulous giveaways! The countdown is on…..

    My home for Christmas 2013 and winners!

    ?A reminder that the last day to place holiday orders for my online shop is this Tuesday, December 17th.

    Hi, first things first. I am thrilled to announce the two lucky winners of the HomeGoods gift card giveaways. Congratulations goes to….

    ?1st winner?

    Result: 86? lynnmosher? December 8, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    Your decorations and home are lovely! I’m another classic! 😀

    2nd winner (from Facebook) ?????????? Result: 20 Trudi Rowe
    I’m from the Enchanted Home and my style is Socialite with a touch of Classic
    Please contact me here to provide your shipping details…….

    ?All details for a brand new giveaway will be announced on Sunday!

    It’s hard to believe we are in the thick of the Christmas chaos now, isn’t it? I am happy to report my gift buying is in full swing as is my holiday decor. This is early for me and I am thrilled to think I could potentially have it done by this week. My original goal was Dec. 10th so I have added a few days.? I will be posting less in the coming weeks as there are only so many hours in the day (about 2 to 3 times a week) but you can be sure I will post when I can, as blogland is indeed my “happy place” and a refuge of sorts for me to escape the big, crazy world!

    I have gotten many requests for “how tos” on decorating and bringing? Christmas cheer into the house. I am by no means an expert but I do love decorating for the holidays and enjoy playing and tweaking all throughout the season.

    Funny thing is you will see a lot of red here. And I am not a red person. But I am practical and like to use what I have and realize I have accumulated a truckload of red holiday items!!! I make it work and it happens to look quite good next to blue and white. There are a few tips that I have learned through the years that have become staples in my decorating arsenal and I thought it would make a fun post to share with you? by popular demand.

    Some things I always have on hand, guaranteed to make your home feel “Christmas-y”

    • Lots of fresh evergreen (sprigs, scraps or garland that you can cut up) You can get them at not only obvious places like a nursery but your local supermarket and Home Depot for rock bottom prices
    • Faux sprigs of greenery and garland (again need not be expensive, places like Michaels have them)
    • A large empty water bottle filled at all times with fresh water
    • Pinecones, pinecones, pinecones…….you can never have too many and they are not only super inexpensive but offer so much for so little (they come in big bags and I have found really big bags of them at Costco and stock up)
    • A few great smelling holiday scented candles (Seda France makes a fabulous and pretty one)
    • A great Christmas CD (Christmas music is a MUST)
    • Pillar candles to put inside hurricanes (battery operated even better)
    • Pretty ribbon for gift buying and adding to vignettes
    • Pick up those little sprays of faux greenery, berries (some have small ornaments or pinecones) They often offer them at 40-50% off, they can be used EVERYWHERE!
    • A holiday scented room spray (I love this for bathroom)
    • Love fresh winter flowers, paperwhites, amaryllis and pointsettas
    • “Investing” in a few faux really good holiday flowering plants like amaryllis, paperwhites and pointsettas more than pays back over the years. They are like the gift that keeps on giving!?
    • Great and inexpensive way to dress up gifts is 1.5″ thick satin ribbon (like what florists use) You can get 100 yards spool for under $12.00 and believe me it wraps A LOT of gifts and really makes a beautiful presentation?

    OK so with those things beyond what else you like to use for the holidays, you can indeed create a very festive feeling home. I? always like to burn a candle in my kitchen (where we always are) and keep the principle rooms in my home feeling festive. A wreath on a kitchen window is gorgeous, or a center island with a pretty evergreen and pinceone display. I love adding pretty touches to a powder room like a small wreath hanging over a mirror, burning a holiday candle or adding small sprigs of everygreen to an existing display (like soaps or potpourri).

    So lets start at my front door! Notice I am not showing it in its entirety the planters are not yet done, but I do love my wreath.? The day I was going to do the planters, it snowed and its been a frozen ever since, so need a thaw before I can attempt to do them again….hopefully soon. Love the way this came out……

    I filled it with all kinds of wonderful greens, pinecones and magnolia leave…rustic elegance:)

    ?I almost didn’t use this picture…as it shows a half done tree and an undecorated table. Half the lights are on and not nearly all the decorations, no presents yet under there, will be sure to show you a completed shot too!

    The side door gets a simple oversized wreath and bow

    Wanted to fill my large beautiful antique dough bowl with a festive feeling arrangement but something easy! Start with a few sprigs of greenery and keep a water bottle nearby for weekly “mists”

    Fill a container (in this case used my antique dough bowl) with big oversized pinecones

    Voila!! So easy…..and so pretty!

    ?BEFORE? I like adding garlands to tables/consoles, also on top of mirrors. This is a faux garland I bought I believe at Michaels years ago (have many of these). It is pretty but I like to “jazz it up” and it can be done so easily it’s not even funny, all I do is add sprigs of fresh greens to the center and sides, add a few pinecones and the makeover s complete!


    AFTER
    See….so easy and the result is just beautiful.

    2nd after! And then added a few nutcrackers and a some oversized sugar pinecones….

    And in my kitchen added this pretty white hydrangea plant and simple wreath with an ivory bow to the middle window….

    The dough bowl found a home on my kitchen island…..

    I am admittedly not a huge fan of red but somehow I put that grudge aside during the holidays and actually really develop a temporary affection for the color. I buy these pointsetta topiaries every year, think they are so pretty and definitely very festive. I just find a few pretty empty container and drop them in then add pine cones for? festive touch to the base. The pinceones I buy are also scented so it brings in the wonderful Christmas smell to the room, added them to my island.

    (REALLY need to figure out how to use this new camera…somehow the lighting appears off)

    And we have a very long hallway that runs the width of the house….so it has several chests and consoles, all of which I do something to…….

    Love these little evergreen swags with red velvet ribbon, I add them to each sconce throughout the hallway for an extra little touch

    And to my main powder room, I add these pretty topiaries every year and added a gold nutcracker as well….

    Add caption
    And to the back powder room…..?

    Tweaked the hall chest with a beautiful giant faux amarylllis that I use every year (such a good investment)! I put it in my beautiful urn from? my shop…..

    I really wish I had bought more of this amaryllis plants….they are so real looking!

    ?And in my family room, added some holiday touches…

    ?A white pointsettta plant with a base of pinecones and a gorgeous pinceone garland on the console behind sofa

    ?My two deer plant holders hold two pointsettas and my two Santas on either end, this is not done!

    ?I have many of these little Santa’s so just place them on top of books or wherever I can find a spot:)

    ?The beautiful pinecone topiaires I found from HomeGoods on the family room coffee table……..(and yes the tags will all get cut:)

    Changed out the moss balls to lovely pale pinky pointsettas in my urns in the foyer………(the bottom is a wreath that I placed the urns in the center of)

    Have some paperwhites (my favorite holiday flower) here and there……picking up more next week

    Other vignettes throughout the house…

    ?Haven’t really done anything in the dining room but this small chest is a work in progress!

    ?A hallway console
    Another hallway console….proof that blue and white really does work with everything!

    Even red Santa’s

    In a guest bedroom I like to add a touch or two… in this case put these pretty pointsettas in these gorgeous planters on the console to bring in a little Christmas for our out of town guests….

    Added a simple boxwood ball to the guest powder room but will add a Christmas candle when our guests come

    And look at this another wrapped gift……progress is being made!

    ?My favorite combo, a simple pinecone and small cutting of faux or real evergreen

    ?That makes two! Many more to come…..

    Here are a few pics hot off the presses as of last night, tree almost done and it’s starting to shape up…

    ?This tree at about 11′ looked HUGE in the nursery but now it just looks like an average sized tree…..

    ?I do love this planter…..and orchids of course!

    So folks, that’s whats been keeping me busy so far! I will probably do a round 2 sometime later next week if time allows just to show you the “final final” result…..I am pleased in that everything I used I already had (with the exception of the HomeGoods things) and I realized I do have a lot (way more than my husband wishes I had…his daily mantra is enough, enough)! Hey, when you have the spirit, you go all the way:)

    And just one more thing….I promise!!! You will want to know about this…….
    ?Christmas Magic Contest

    ?I also want to announce the start of my final contest for 2013, “Christmas magic”. I will be collecting pictures as of today through Jan. 1st. I will hold the contest on Jan. 4-6th and announce the winner(s) on Jan 7th. As the name implies….please send your pictures of anything Christmas related, your decorated front door, a beautifully wrapped gift, a table set with your Christmas finest, your darling kids and pets are always a hit, whatever the name “Christmas magic” means to you! Since my “Hooray for the Holidays” post included some Christmas pictures, if you would like to use the entry you used for that please just email me to let me know and I will be happy to include it. I cannot wait to start getting your entries!! Remember-

    • 2 entries per person (they must be your pictures, not downloaded from internet)
    • Please in subject line when you email me put Christmas Magic (get tons of emails )
    Please email your pictures to theenchantedhome@gmail.com

      Thanks so much for stopping in, wishing you a fabulous day and weekend!! Be sure to check back on Sunday where I will announce the next TWO fabulous giveaways! The countdown is on…..

      35 MORE ways to rock a Christmas gift- an encore!

       A reminder that the last day to place holiday orders for my online shop is this Sunday, Dec. 15th

      Well hello there….hope you are doing well. Snow is falling here…so it feels like the festive season is official:)  I had intended to post on my holiday decor but alas I am not quite ready and have yet to take pictures (hopefully tomorrow). I think its safe to say the Christmas chaos has officially begun! I bet this post has many of you knee deep in wrapping paper, tape and ribbon…..and playing Santa’s wrapping elf!

       I do love wrapping gifts but have to admit so far I have only wrapped one (maybe that’s because that is all I have bought so far:) But many things have been ordered and I will be looking for daily visits from the big brown truck.  This post is therefore quite timely I would imagine for many of us.

      My 35 ways to rock a Christmas present post last year was incredibly popular. I still get tons of visits to it and see many images from it on Pinterest so an encore felt appropriate. Let’s face it….when you aren’t under pressure, wrapping a gift can be such fun. A great way to make something special feel extraordinary. Who doesn’t love to receive a beautifully packaged gift, I know I do (hint hint to any of my family members reading this:)

      I got many ideas from this post and I think if you take away one thing, it should be that even with simple objects like pine cones, a few sprigs of greenery and a pretty ribbon, you can make a gift look magical! Do you have any tried and true gift wrapping secrets? Do tell…..

      1. Heather Bullard is a total giftwrap goddess

      2.Velvet ribbon is my absolute fave….adding any kind of pretty adornment is the icing on the cake
      3. These feel wonderfully old fashioned……love the look!
      4. I love the idea of adding a great big red and white candycane lollipop to a gift to make it feel festive!
      5. I LOVE mossy green anything and with a big luxurious bow…it is total perfection!

       6. Love the simplicity of adding a little twine and a candycane to any gift…so pretty and old fashioned!

      7. I may steal this idea…..print up a bunch of stickers bearing a holiday message and from you and place atop ribbon…..easy and so custom feeling! Cassandra

      8. Polka dots never looked so sophisticated…love the idea of adding little balls!

      9. Simple kraft paper can easily be jazzed up with a gorgeous ribbon and burlap, so pretty!

      10. LOVE this idea and will be trying it on a few presents this year for sure!

       11. Love the idea of adding a pretty little berry wreath with a lovely tag on simple paper….

      12.  Kraft paper need not be boring, jazz it up with some fun ribbon, and a cute tag…and you are good to go

      13. Brown ribbon can make any present feel luxurious! M.Stewart

      14.  This is super luxe. I love the rich mossy green velvet ribbon and croc embossed paper, so elegant! Carolyne Roehme

      15. Simple paper gets dolled up with festive red ribbons and jingle bells..this is such fun!
      16.This is such fun…getting plain black matte paper and a white marker or chalk and doodling away!

      17. Amazing what a little gingham ribbon, a sprig of greenery and kraft paper can do!
      18. Love the big bright shiny ribbon with an adorable tag

      19. Unique and custom feeling gifts are only limited by your imagination

      20. Who wouldn’t love to receive a gift this pretty!

      21. How about adding a photograph to customize even the simplest wrapped gift? So clever! Julia Banner
      22. Wrap it up in something unexpected like a bright cheery color!
      23. LOVE the idea of customizing a gift with pictures…brilliant and so easy!
      24. Festive and elegant….all because of a little greenery!
      25. Isnt’ the idea of adding a broach so amazingly pretty?
      26. Wrap it up in a shirt…fun!
       27. Beautiful crocheted ribbon makes this gift look too pretty to open!

       28. A little bling always works!
       29. Any gift is made beautiful with a big beautiful green bow
       30. This is almost too beautiful to open…love it
       31. Pinecones to me, are the best deal out there for so many purposes.
       32.  Make your Christmas cheer pink…love the punch of color!

       33.Simple crafty type papers and tags plus raffia all found at your local craft store can make one heck of a beautiful gift.

       34. This is one of my favorite looks…and it’s so easy! A few sprigs, a glue gun and mini pinecones!

      35. The holidays is the perfect time to “bling it up” when it comes to gift wrapping!

      Hope you saw something that maybe  has inspired you to put a little finesse on that next package you wrap. What is your favorite look? Natural? Blingy? Red and green? Any special gift wrapping tips you would like to share…please do by all means, need all the tips I can gather:)

      Don’t  forget to enter the giveaway for not one but TWO HomeGoods giftcard giveaways! Click here for details…winners to be announced Friday morning! 

      Thanks for stopping in, wishing you a fabulous day….ho ho ho!

      35 MORE ways to rock a Christmas gift- an encore!

      ?A reminder that the last day to place holiday orders for my online shop is this Sunday, Dec. 15th

      Well hello there….hope you are doing well. Snow is falling here…so it feels like the festive season is official:)? I had intended to post on my holiday decor but alas I am not quite ready and have yet to take pictures (hopefully tomorrow). I think its safe to say the Christmas chaos has officially begun! I bet this post has many of you knee deep in wrapping paper, tape and ribbon…..and playing Santa’s wrapping elf!

      ?I do love wrapping gifts but have to admit so far I have only wrapped one (maybe that’s because that is all I have bought so far:) But many things have been ordered and I will be looking for daily visits from the big brown truck.? This post is therefore quite timely I would imagine for many of us.

      My 35 ways to rock a Christmas present post last year was incredibly popular. I still get tons of visits to it and see many images from it on Pinterest so an encore felt appropriate. Let’s face it….when you aren’t under pressure, wrapping a gift can be such fun. A great way to make something special feel extraordinary. Who doesn’t love to receive a beautifully packaged gift, I know I do (hint hint to any of my family members reading this:)

      I got many ideas from this post and I think if you take away one thing, it should be that even with simple objects like pine cones, a few sprigs of greenery and a pretty ribbon, you can make a gift look magical! Do you have any tried and true gift wrapping secrets? Do tell…..

      1. Heather Bullard is a total giftwrap goddess

      2.Velvet ribbon is my absolute fave….adding any kind of pretty adornment is the icing on the cake
      3. These feel wonderfully old fashioned……love the look!
      4. I love the idea of adding a great big red and white candycane lollipop to a gift to make it feel festive!
      5. I LOVE mossy green anything and with a big luxurious bow…it is total perfection!

      ?6. Love the simplicity of adding a little twine and a candycane to any gift…so pretty and old fashioned!

      7. I may steal this idea…..print up a bunch of stickers bearing a holiday message and from you and place atop ribbon…..easy and so custom feeling! Cassandra

      8. Polka dots never looked so sophisticated…love the idea of adding little balls!

      9. Simple kraft paper can easily be jazzed up with a gorgeous ribbon and burlap, so pretty!

      10. LOVE this idea and will be trying it on a few presents this year for sure!

      ?11. Love the idea of adding a pretty little berry wreath with a lovely tag on simple paper….

      12.? Kraft paper need not be boring, jazz it up with some fun ribbon, and a cute tag…and you are good to go

      13. Brown ribbon can make any present feel luxurious! M.Stewart

      14.? This is super luxe. I love the rich mossy green velvet ribbon and croc embossed paper, so elegant! Carolyne Roehme

      15. Simple paper gets dolled up with festive red ribbons and jingle bells..this is such fun!
      16.This is such fun…getting plain black matte paper and a white marker or chalk and doodling away!

      17. Amazing what a little gingham ribbon, a sprig of greenery and kraft paper can do!
      18. Love the big bright shiny ribbon with an adorable tag

      19. Unique and custom feeling gifts are only limited by your imagination

      20. Who wouldn’t love to receive a gift this pretty!

      21. How about adding a photograph to customize even the simplest wrapped gift? So clever! Julia Banner
      22. Wrap it up in something unexpected like a bright cheery color!
      23. LOVE the idea of customizing a gift with pictures…brilliant and so easy!
      24. Festive and elegant….all because of a little greenery!
      25. Isnt’ the idea of adding a broach so amazingly pretty?
      26. Wrap it up in a shirt…fun!
      ?27. Beautiful crocheted ribbon makes this gift look too pretty to open!

      ?28. A little bling always works!
      ?29. Any gift is made beautiful with a big beautiful green bow
      ?30. This is almost too beautiful to open…love it
      ?31. Pinecones to me, are the best deal out there for so many purposes.
      ?32.? Make your Christmas cheer pink…love the punch of color!

      ?33.Simple crafty type papers and tags plus raffia all found at your local craft store can make one heck of a beautiful gift.

      ?34. This is one of my favorite looks…and it’s so easy! A few sprigs, a glue gun and mini pinecones!

      35. The holidays is the perfect time to “bling it up” when it comes to gift wrapping!

      Hope you saw something that maybe? has inspired you to put a little finesse on that next package you wrap. What is your favorite look? Natural? Blingy? Red and green? Any special gift wrapping tips you would like to share…please do by all means, need all the tips I can gather:)

      Don’t? forget to enter the giveaway for not one but TWO HomeGoods giftcard giveaways! Click here for details…winners to be announced Friday morning!?

      Thanks for stopping in, wishing you a fabulous day….ho ho ho!

      By Invitation Only……..Christmas Cocktails!!

      Hi there! So excited to be here for our last By Invitation Only post for 2013…….hard to believe! Where did the time go? 2013 has been an amazing year and I am so fortunate to have been included with such a talented and inspiring group of women/fellow bloggers. It has been fun coming up with our own take? on various themes this year……..and I so enjoy seeing what everyone else comes up with too!

      The theme this month is both a festive and fun one, Christmas cocktails…..and I had a ball putting it together. Especially since I was originally planning on throwing a real live shindig but alas it was not meant to happen, however am hoping to do a post holiday bash in January. So I had fun living vicariously? through this party and best part of all…you are all invited!

      Ready for me to open the door so you can come on in and get this party started?

      My invitation might look something like this…..

      And as your festive hostess, this is what I will be wearing…..

      This gorgeous red lace dress (my Christmas wish came true early…I can eat all I want forever and ever and never gain a pound, hence how I will fit into this dress)!

      And of course to show my spirit….gotta add a little green!

      And can’t decide which of these beauties to include, maybe both!

      A little gold polishes it off!

      And when the party is in full swing, and no one is looking I will change into these (hey at least they are festive)!

      Come on in…….

      ?The first thing that greets you will be the Christmas tree in the foyer…but it’s not the last one you will see!

      You will hear all of your favorite holiday tunes being sung by real live Christmas carolers all dressed up in their holiday finest!

      You are then handed a glass of champagne to start the celebrating!

      ?And as you stroll throughout the house with the hum of the carolers singing their tunes, you see that in every room, Christmas had indeed arrived. I have tables set up all over the house as “food stations” so that people will walk and mingle…..

      ?Festive touches are everywhere…….

      Every space has been decorated to the nines in its Christmas finest!
      ?The breakfast is cheery and festive too….
      ?And of course I didn’t forget about decorating the kitchen!!!!
      ?I have great big bowls of holiday apples and evergreen..

      ?Paperwhites will be all over….permeating my home with their intoxicating scent

      A local master baker has created this incredible take on a gingerbread house as one of my centerpieces!

      ?And of course my trademark blue and white is all over the place….

      This is a cocktail party…no formal stuffy sit down dinners. This is a casual but elegant affair with a ton of appetizers, both stationery and passed. A quick look at some of the foods that will be served…….we know it’s all about the food!!

      Mini ceasar salads served in small mint julep cups

      Feta and tomato crostinis

      Fruits and chocolate tuxedo strawberries

      Crab stuffed mushrooms

      ?Mini shrimp cocktail

      Mini? Fish tacos and patron

      ?A modern and whimscial take on pigs in a blanket:)

      Flank steak and avocado on a crostini…yum!

      Crab ragoons

      Skewered lime shrimp

      And if you are like me, what you? really want to know about are? the desserts, here is just a sampling of what will be served….

      A gorgeous cookie display of amazing cookies to take home!

      All kinds of amazing cakes!

      Donuts and milk anyone?

      And these cakes do not need narration….YES they are that good!

      An assortment of Ms. Prindables apples

      Incredible cameo cookies

      This is cruel,? I know……… to post so many delectable goodies especially when I am hungry, sorry for any binges this might create…hey, its the holidays, enjoy!

      Once we are done toasting, cheering, laughing eating to our hearts delight and of course singing through it all…..I hand out these darling party favors!

      And as the night wraps up….and everyone grabs their favor and bids us farewell…you will never guess who is waiting outside in the front yard to lead the way home!
      Ho ho ho! Hope you enjoyed being a guest at my party!! If you want to see others and their interpretations of Christmas cocktails, click on over to the blog of our fearless leader, the uber stylish Marsha at Splenderosa…where links to all the other participants can be found.? CLICK HERE TO VISIT.
      DON’T FORGET ABOUT MY CONTEST…ONLY 1 MORE DAY TO SEND IN PICTURES!!

      The new theme is “Hooray for the Holidays“. I am accepting pictures for anything having to do with the holidays (Halloween, Thanksgiving or Christmas) up until Dec. 4th. I will run the contest through Dec. 8th and announce a winner on Monday, Dec.9th. I have already gotten some beauties so be sure to? send yours in!

      No rules…however you interpret “Hooray for the Holidays”. Could be a favorite meal, your home all decked out, your Thanksgiving table, a pretty table setting from a holiday past, a pet or child showing their spirit, etc…..I know I am in for a treat, your talents and inspirations always blow me away. Same rules, two pictures per entrant, you must put Hooray for the Holidays in the subject line of your email (I get a ton of email and don’t? want it lost in the shuffle). Email them to theenchantedhome@gmail.com.

      ?A reminder that these must be your pictures (not necessarily of your home but pictures that belong to you, not taken off internet)

      And if you missed the announcement yesterday of my newest giveaway, by all means click here to enter to be in the running for this gorgeous large chunky trivet!

      By Invitation Only……..Christmas Cocktails!!

      Hi there! So excited to be here for our last By Invitation Only post for 2013…….hard to believe! Where did the time go? 2013 has been an amazing year and I am so fortunate to have been included with such a talented and inspiring group of women/fellow bloggers. It has been fun coming up with our own take  on various themes this year……..and I so enjoy seeing what everyone else comes up with too!

      The theme this month is both a festive and fun one, Christmas cocktails…..and I had a ball putting it together. Especially since I was originally planning on throwing a real live shindig but alas it was not meant to happen, however am hoping to do a post holiday bash in January. So I had fun living vicariously  through this party and best part of all…you are all invited!

      Ready for me to open the door so you can come on in and get this party started?

      My invitation might look something like this…..

      And as your festive hostess, this is what I will be wearing…..

      This gorgeous red lace dress (my Christmas wish came true early…I can eat all I want forever and ever and never gain a pound, hence how I will fit into this dress)!

      And of course to show my spirit….gotta add a little green!

      And can’t decide which of these beauties to include, maybe both!

      A little gold polishes it off!

      And when the party is in full swing, and no one is looking I will change into these (hey at least they are festive)!

      Come on in…….

       The first thing that greets you will be the Christmas tree in the foyer…but it’s not the last one you will see!

      You will hear all of your favorite holiday tunes being sung by real live Christmas carolers all dressed up in their holiday finest!

      You are then handed a glass of champagne to start the celebrating!

       And as you stroll throughout the house with the hum of the carolers singing their tunes, you see that in every room, Christmas had indeed arrived. I have tables set up all over the house as “food stations” so that people will walk and mingle…..

       Festive touches are everywhere…….

      Every space has been decorated to the nines in its Christmas finest!
       The breakfast is cheery and festive too….
       And of course I didn’t forget about decorating the kitchen!!!!
       I have great big bowls of holiday apples and evergreen..

       Paperwhites will be all over….permeating my home with their intoxicating scent

      A local master baker has created this incredible take on a gingerbread house as one of my centerpieces!

       And of course my trademark blue and white is all over the place….

      This is a cocktail party…no formal stuffy sit down dinners. This is a casual but elegant affair with a ton of appetizers, both stationery and passed. A quick look at some of the foods that will be served…….we know it’s all about the food!!

      Mini ceasar salads served in small mint julep cups

      Feta and tomato crostinis

      Fruits and chocolate tuxedo strawberries

      Crab stuffed mushrooms

       Mini shrimp cocktail

      Mini  Fish tacos and patron

       A modern and whimscial take on pigs in a blanket:)

      Flank steak and avocado on a crostini…yum!

      Crab ragoons

      Skewered lime shrimp

      And if you are like me, what you  really want to know about are  the desserts, here is just a sampling of what will be served….

      A gorgeous cookie display of amazing cookies to take home!

      All kinds of amazing cakes!

      Donuts and milk anyone?

      And these cakes do not need narration….YES they are that good!

      An assortment of Ms. Prindables apples

      Incredible cameo cookies

      This is cruel,  I know……… to post so many delectable goodies especially when I am hungry, sorry for any binges this might create…hey, its the holidays, enjoy!

      Once we are done toasting, cheering, laughing eating to our hearts delight and of course singing through it all…..I hand out these darling party favors!

      And as the night wraps up….and everyone grabs their favor and bids us farewell…you will never guess who is waiting outside in the front yard to lead the way home!
      Ho ho ho! Hope you enjoyed being a guest at my party!! If you want to see others and their interpretations of Christmas cocktails, click on over to the blog of our fearless leader, the uber stylish Marsha at Splenderosa…where links to all the other participants can be found.  CLICK HERE TO VISIT.
      DON’T FORGET ABOUT MY CONTEST…ONLY 1 MORE DAY TO SEND IN PICTURES!!

      The new theme is “Hooray for the Holidays“. I am accepting pictures for anything having to do with the holidays (Halloween, Thanksgiving or Christmas) up until Dec. 4th. I will run the contest through Dec. 8th and announce a winner on Monday, Dec.9th. I have already gotten some beauties so be sure to  send yours in!

      No rules…however you interpret “Hooray for the Holidays”. Could be a favorite meal, your home all decked out, your Thanksgiving table, a pretty table setting from a holiday past, a pet or child showing their spirit, etc…..I know I am in for a treat, your talents and inspirations always blow me away. Same rules, two pictures per entrant, you must put Hooray for the Holidays in the subject line of your email (I get a ton of email and don’t  want it lost in the shuffle). Email them to theenchantedhome@gmail.com.

       A reminder that these must be your pictures (not necessarily of your home but pictures that belong to you, not taken off internet)

      And if you missed the announcement yesterday of my newest giveaway, by all means click here to enter to be in the running for this gorgeous large chunky trivet!