Late week musings……

Hi there and happy Saturday to you all! Took a three day hiatus, had a super busy chock full kind of week. Glad the weekend has arrived!!? Well don’t know about where you are but over here we seem to be regressing with regard to weather. We had a tease a few days ago with near 58 degrees and this morning its 28 with potential snow in the forecast…..mayday mayday! Its getting OLD!! Onto something good…

Something major has happened. Super major. I think as bloggers we all set little goals inside our heads. For me getting to 100 followers was a goal I remember early on, when it was achieved, I swear I did a little happy dance when no one was watching! 100 people in this huge world cared about what I had to say. Well……fast forward two years and another goal of mine was and don’t ask me why on this number (because I truly do not know) was to achieve 5000 subscribers. Ambitious? Yes, I agree, but somehow this was a goal.

And by golly, its been achieved. Is it really possible? 5 THOUSAND people want to know what I have to say? Seriously? OMG…this is really really big in my book and all I can say is thank you, thank you thank you. I am grateful for your friendship, the emails, pictures and support I get from literally all around the world. You cannot imagine the thrill it gave me to click on feedburner stats and see this- 5000 on the button on 3-13-13!!!! Lucky day afterall:)

Total Subscribers: 5,000

Moving along.…by now you know I do love my products. I love trying new things and love even more when I find a real winner. Well…I have found a few winners lately that I feel I must share. I know many of you savvy readers might already know about these products but they are worth the “shout out” just in case because they are fabulous, worth every penny and absolutely products that will become a regular on my vanity!!

7 second leave in conditioner/detangler…this product is all everyone said it is. The girls at the salon I go to swear by this and they did not exaggerate. Leaves my hair (which tangles easily) very easy to comb through and feeling really moisturized. This is the best leave in conditioner I have ever used, its that good! I LOVE this product!! Click here to buy on Amazon.

OK, Marsha from Splenderosa, that glamorous mama who knows a thing or two about beauty told me to try this, she said it was like a healthy drink of moisture for your skin. She was right on the money!! She read that I had bought the caviar cream by La Prarie which I have to say I have only used twice because i got this first and have to say I LOVE LOVE LOVE the way it makes my skin feel and look. Its a keeper so thank you Marsha. I could only find it on Amazon, click here to buy…..cannot say enough good things about this cream, great if you have dry skin!


Onto the house.…I play around a lot, part of the fun is moving accessories and things around.Its like the best science experiment in the world:) I changed things around on my living room console yet again and this scenario I believe is a keeper. I love the explosion of the white cherry blossoms which I just added to my oversized ginger jar, its dramatic and elegant and a great way to be greeted as you enter the room. I also added the two whiter jars on either side and a collection of some of my silver frames, take a look……

Have no fear…..a picture is being replaced in the empty frame!!

A peek into the library. Just about done in there, waiting for the small wet bar to be done, a final coat on the floors and its just about ready for its “close up”!

Books……can we seriously ever have enough? I dont’ think so. I finished The Red Book and have to say I really really liked it. Anyone else read it? Another fabulous book is The French Chateau. ? This is a book I have written about before, yes, its that good. I? just gave a copy to a friend for belated birthday,? and have given this a few times as gifts. Unfortunately I see its gone up in price which normally means there aren’t many copies around, but its sooo worth it as it truly takes you to a beautiful special place. She cannot thank me enough, she said it best when she said “its the next best thing to being in the French countryside and living like a true French aristocrat” this book is EXQUISITE!! It portrays beautifully the life, style and traditions of living in a French chateau and highlights many parties. weddings and other day to day? events. Every single page is breathtaking and if you like me, are an incurable Francophile….then by all means you must own this book! Click here to go to Amazon.

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Store biz……..got in some beautiful new blue and white additions. Of course I had to do the mandatory “test run” so ordered one of each for my own home! Here they are…..
Just added this morning…click here.

Beautiful detailing inside too…..

?And love these highly decorative three emperors!!

?And to show them both being put to good use…….

Got in 5 dough bowls….I know many of you are looking here and there so if interested, first come first serve. I have two 29″, one 21″, one 17″ and one 16″. They are all beautiful! Email me here……

Got two beautiful new bag styles in,? just being added! I love love love these new styles……and they are now up for sale in my newly created Personal Accessories section which will continue to evolve but I have to say I am just loving these super chic and super affordable bags for summer! These will be up later today for sale, limited quantities! Click here to visit.

?This is so darling and chic for a summer time tote!

?Love the shape…reminds me of the straw birkin bag I have wanted forever!! Love the smart navy trim and bamboo closure.

?Comes with a removable navy shoulder strap

?Zippers up with interior zippered pocket

To visit these items and much more in my online store…click here!
Thanks as always for stopping in, I wish everyone a wonderful Saturday and great weekend. I so appreciate you coming in to say hello and see what’s new in my little slice of the world! Until Monday…..
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Late week musings……

Hi there and happy Saturday to you all! Took a three day hiatus, had a super busy chock full kind of week. Glad the weekend has arrived!!  Well don’t know about where you are but over here we seem to be regressing with regard to weather. We had a tease a few days ago with near 58 degrees and this morning its 28 with potential snow in the forecast…..mayday mayday! Its getting OLD!! Onto something good…

Something major has happened. Super major. I think as bloggers we all set little goals inside our heads. For me getting to 100 followers was a goal I remember early on, when it was achieved, I swear I did a little happy dance when no one was watching! 100 people in this huge world cared about what I had to say. Well……fast forward two years and another goal of mine was and don’t ask me why on this number (because I truly do not know) was to achieve 5000 subscribers. Ambitious? Yes, I agree, but somehow this was a goal.

And by golly, its been achieved. Is it really possible? 5 THOUSAND people want to know what I have to say? Seriously? OMG…this is really really big in my book and all I can say is thank you, thank you thank you. I am grateful for your friendship, the emails, pictures and support I get from literally all around the world. You cannot imagine the thrill it gave me to click on feedburner stats and see this- 5000 on the button on 3-13-13!!!! Lucky day afterall:)

Total Subscribers: 5,000

Moving along.…by now you know I do love my products. I love trying new things and love even more when I find a real winner. Well…I have found a few winners lately that I feel I must share. I know many of you savvy readers might already know about these products but they are worth the “shout out” just in case because they are fabulous, worth every penny and absolutely products that will become a regular on my vanity!!

7 second leave in conditioner/detangler…this product is all everyone said it is. The girls at the salon I go to swear by this and they did not exaggerate. Leaves my hair (which tangles easily) very easy to comb through and feeling really moisturized. This is the best leave in conditioner I have ever used, its that good! I LOVE this product!! Click here to buy on Amazon.

OK, Marsha from Splenderosa, that glamorous mama who knows a thing or two about beauty told me to try this, she said it was like a healthy drink of moisture for your skin. She was right on the money!! She read that I had bought the caviar cream by La Prarie which I have to say I have only used twice because i got this first and have to say I LOVE LOVE LOVE the way it makes my skin feel and look. Its a keeper so thank you Marsha. I could only find it on Amazon, click here to buy…..cannot say enough good things about this cream, great if you have dry skin!


Onto the house.…I play around a lot, part of the fun is moving accessories and things around.Its like the best science experiment in the world:) I changed things around on my living room console yet again and this scenario I believe is a keeper. I love the explosion of the white cherry blossoms which I just added to my oversized ginger jar, its dramatic and elegant and a great way to be greeted as you enter the room. I also added the two whiter jars on either side and a collection of some of my silver frames, take a look……

Have no fear…..a picture is being replaced in the empty frame!!

A peek into the library. Just about done in there, waiting for the small wet bar to be done, a final coat on the floors and its just about ready for its “close up”!

Books……can we seriously ever have enough? I dont’ think so. I finished The Red Book and have to say I really really liked it. Anyone else read it? Another fabulous book is The French Chateau.   This is a book I have written about before, yes, its that good. I  just gave a copy to a friend for belated birthday,  and have given this a few times as gifts. Unfortunately I see its gone up in price which normally means there aren’t many copies around, but its sooo worth it as it truly takes you to a beautiful special place. She cannot thank me enough, she said it best when she said “its the next best thing to being in the French countryside and living like a true French aristocrat” this book is EXQUISITE!! It portrays beautifully the life, style and traditions of living in a French chateau and highlights many parties. weddings and other day to day  events. Every single page is breathtaking and if you like me, are an incurable Francophile….then by all means you must own this book! Click here to go to Amazon.

 
Store biz……..got in some beautiful new blue and white additions. Of course I had to do the mandatory “test run” so ordered one of each for my own home! Here they are…..
Just added this morning…click here.

Beautiful detailing inside too…..

 And love these highly decorative three emperors!!

 And to show them both being put to good use…….

Got in 5 dough bowls….I know many of you are looking here and there so if interested, first come first serve. I have two 29″, one 21″, one 17″ and one 16″. They are all beautiful! Email me here……

Got two beautiful new bag styles in,  just being added! I love love love these new styles……and they are now up for sale in my newly created Personal Accessories section which will continue to evolve but I have to say I am just loving these super chic and super affordable bags for summer! These will be up later today for sale, limited quantities! Click here to visit.

 This is so darling and chic for a summer time tote!

 Love the shape…reminds me of the straw birkin bag I have wanted forever!! Love the smart navy trim and bamboo closure.

 Comes with a removable navy shoulder strap

 Zippers up with interior zippered pocket

To visit these items and much more in my online store…click here!
Thanks as always for stopping in, I wish everyone a wonderful Saturday and great weekend. I so appreciate you coming in to say hello and see what’s new in my little slice of the world! Until Monday…..
  

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Orchid fever and a blizzard have struck and a winner!

Good morning, well here in NY we got socked by a blizzard of epic proportions! We are covered in? white everywhere you look!? Guess be careful what you wish for….I was moaning and groaning about the lack of snow, well mother nature certainly delivered and showed me whose boss!? I had to share some pictures because we all know everything looks prettier in snow! We were supposed to leave for Boston today but clearly we are not going, bummer but better to be safe. Hope if the snow has impacted you, you are safe and staying inside!


This batch was taken as the storm was cranking up…..

?And then this is what we woke up to this morning……..22 inches later!

Forgot to show you my new lantern for the front door…..from Arte de Mexico, love it!

Next order of business I have a winner for the beautiful blue and white flower pot!
Congrats goes to……

Result:

44? Amy @MaisonDecorFebruary 6, 2013 at 11:45 AM
Wow so much to love~I loved the wallpaper or mural in that dining room (the chinoiserie one). And your breakfast table setting was amazing too Tina! You continue to inspire in such a dedicated way on this blog! Nice going!

This was my original post…..so it turned into a 2 for 1!

If you have been following me for a few weeks or? for an entire year, by now you? know I do? love my orchids. They bring elegance and grace to any space they enter. Then you add a beautiful planter and the effect is dazzling. Every few months I go on an orchid binge and buy a dozen or so. Truth is even though they are pricier than a lot of other flowers,they actually end up being one of the best flower bargains because they last so long. Most cut flowers or flower plants last 2-4 weeks.

On average my orchids last I would say about 3 months, sometimes even more. So its a great investment that requires little upkeep except for water and a good amount of sun and a lot of love. I adore? them in every room and my love for orchids is one reason why I buy so many planters! I don’t think you can ever have enough:) Any fellow orchid lovers out there? I buy them from a local florist but have also picked them up at the Home Depot greenhouse. And you know what, they are really nice looking, good quality plants.? So here is? a little recap of my orchid buying day…..

It all starts with an island (a messy one) filled with all my containers. I would do this outside if it wasn’t 10 degrees!

?More containers and unloading the orchids……..

?First pair ready to go to powder room…..

?Love this planter..this is a new one in my online shop

?Orchids and classic silver planters go together like blue and white:)

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?I know these are not orchids but I had to how you my gardenais in bloom!

I know these are not orchids but just moved my oversized blue and white jar with cherry blossoms to front foyer and kind of liking it!

Love orchids in silver…so classic!
Another one of my silver crested planters from my online shop
Love this tole crown planter filled with orchids…..

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So what about you? Do you love orchids too and use them in your home?? What is your favorite way to plant/pot them? I just can’t get enough and when you consider how long they last…they actually are might I even suggest economical! Hope wherever you are, you are safe and warm. Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

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Orchid fever and a blizzard have struck and a winner!

Good morning, well here in NY we got socked by a blizzard of epic proportions! We are covered in  white everywhere you look!  Guess be careful what you wish for….I was moaning and groaning about the lack of snow, well mother nature certainly delivered and showed me whose boss!  I had to share some pictures because we all know everything looks prettier in snow! We were supposed to leave for Boston today but clearly we are not going, bummer but better to be safe. Hope if the snow has impacted you, you are safe and staying inside!


This batch was taken as the storm was cranking up…..

 And then this is what we woke up to this morning……..22 inches later!

Forgot to show you my new lantern for the front door…..from Arte de Mexico, love it!

Next order of business I have a winner for the beautiful blue and white flower pot!
Congrats goes to……

Result:

44  Amy @MaisonDecorFebruary 6, 2013 at 11:45 AM
Wow so much to love~I loved the wallpaper or mural in that dining room (the chinoiserie one). And your breakfast table setting was amazing too Tina! You continue to inspire in such a dedicated way on this blog! Nice going!

This was my original post…..so it turned into a 2 for 1!

If you have been following me for a few weeks or  for an entire year, by now you  know I do  love my orchids. They bring elegance and grace to any space they enter. Then you add a beautiful planter and the effect is dazzling. Every few months I go on an orchid binge and buy a dozen or so. Truth is even though they are pricier than a lot of other flowers,they actually end up being one of the best flower bargains because they last so long. Most cut flowers or flower plants last 2-4 weeks.

On average my orchids last I would say about 3 months, sometimes even more. So its a great investment that requires little upkeep except for water and a good amount of sun and a lot of love. I adore  them in every room and my love for orchids is one reason why I buy so many planters! I don’t think you can ever have enough:) Any fellow orchid lovers out there? I buy them from a local florist but have also picked them up at the Home Depot greenhouse. And you know what, they are really nice looking, good quality plants.  So here is  a little recap of my orchid buying day…..

It all starts with an island (a messy one) filled with all my containers. I would do this outside if it wasn’t 10 degrees!

 More containers and unloading the orchids……..

 First pair ready to go to powder room…..

 Love this planter..this is a new one in my online shop

 Orchids and classic silver planters go together like blue and white:)

 

 I know these are not orchids but I had to how you my gardenais in bloom!

I know these are not orchids but just moved my oversized blue and white jar with cherry blossoms to front foyer and kind of liking it!

Love orchids in silver…so classic!
Another one of my silver crested planters from my online shop
Love this tole crown planter filled with orchids…..

 
 
So what about you? Do you love orchids too and use them in your home?  What is your favorite way to plant/pot them? I just can’t get enough and when you consider how long they last…they actually are might I even suggest economical! Hope wherever you are, you are safe and warm. Wishing you a wonderful weekend!
 
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I’ve got the blues….in all its many shades!

Good morning. I have a small request. I get a fair number of anonymous comments which is totally fine. However many of those ask me questions about specifics on a post, like the name of a paint color or an architects name, and I am generally very prompt at getting back to people and always acknowledge the questions. But if you are anonymous I have no way of writing you back! So the best thing most likely to insure a reply is to click on the “email me” link on the right and it will allow you to email me directly with your question. Hope this clarifies things, as I am always more than happy to help/answer any questions.

Like blue? Me too, but I am sure that’s not a big revelation if you have been coming to my blog for any length of time! I love blues from the palest milkiest grayest blues to the darkest inkiest navy. There is not a bad blue in my book. I find this color to be incredible versatile, uplifting, moody in a good way, dramatic when you want it to be and above all else beautiful! There are few colors paired with blue that don’t look amazing, from all the neutrals all the way to rich browns. I know I will be using plenty of blue in my house as I start to decorate. So today is all about the many shades of blue that really light my fire. What is your opinion on blue? Like or love? Always love to know……

Love blue and cream, just so soothing
Love a little pop of navy in a white bathroom…..stunning! T.Keller Donovan
Rich navy is always a perfect choice against a white sofa, T.Keller Donovan
Nancy Corzine used a pale green blue in this pretty living room
This is a great little office with pops of blue, very cozy! Massucco, Warner Miller
How beautiful is this room in all its shades of blue against crisp white? Dreamy!?
Love blues in the outdoors, what a setting! Martyn Lawrence-Bullard
Love this guest room with different shades of blues, with a pop of coral/rose on the footstools, Sucasa
This is one of my personal favorite shades of blue…..so fresh!
A soft powdery blue on a living room wall brings instant serenity to the space, Suzanne Kasler
With pops of white this predominantly blue room feels elegant, airy and crisp, Diamond Baratta
How pretty is this fabulous room? Love the palest blue chairs, Leta Austin Foster
This gorgeous dramatic room gets a punch of beautiful blue, Nancy Corzine
This beautiful and serene room feels so calming with all this blue, Arch Digest
In the outdoors its nothing less than refreshing and elegant
Really like this room, the beautiful sapphire blue velvet chairs and subtle placement of blue on the pillows ?and drapes is just gorgeous, Palm Design Group
I have always like navy with beige, such an elegant and timeless combination, Theodore and Co.
How about this rich blue chinoiserie for an elegant dining room? Sucasa Designs
Rich and royal…..love this setting, Thomas Burak
Love the crisp fresh feel here, the pop of the navies against the white is just stunning, Martyn Lawrence Bullard
One of my favorite colors blue, a pale gray blue
How about a vibrant royal blue paper in an otherwise light room? So pretty! Massucco, Warner Miller Designs
Navy is always a winner when paired with off white and rich wood, Lynn Morgan
One of my favorite shades, a pale gray blue, it is so soothing for a bedroom, House Beautiful
This blogland favorite is a stunning example of how stunning navy is in the bedroom, Mary McDonald
Love this cheery periwinkle blue bedroom, so uplifting! Lynn Morgan
Gorgeous dining room with subtle hints of pale pale blue, love the rug and of course the chinoiserie! Bear Hill Interiors
Love the elegant blue and white print here, Coastal Living
Traditional bedroom in soft blues against white, very serene and elegant
Gorgeous bedroom with a pale teal blue, Jan Showers
Love the blues against the creamy white walls in this fabulous dining room, Thomas Burak
Is there anything fresher than pale blue and crisp white, I don’t think so! Leta, Austin and Foster
And a little recap on “the blues”……………
All this blue, has me feeling so happy…… I love blue, in all its many shades. How about you? Do you have any blue in your home? Have a favorite room here? Love to know your thoughts! Also don’t forget about the exciting giveaway that Party Resources and I are doing from Peter Callahan. Click here to find out more. Wishing you have a wonderful day.

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I’ve got the blues….in all its many shades!

Good morning. I have a small request. I get a fair number of anonymous comments which is totally fine. However many of those ask me questions about specifics on a post, like the name of a paint color or an architects name, and I am generally very prompt at getting back to people and always acknowledge the questions. But if you are anonymous I have no way of writing you back! So the best thing most likely to insure a reply is to click on the “email me” link on the right and it will allow you to email me directly with your question. Hope this clarifies things, as I am always more than happy to help/answer any questions.

Like blue? Me too, but I am sure that’s not a big revelation if you have been coming to my blog for any length of time! I love blues from the palest milkiest grayest blues to the darkest inkiest navy. There is not a bad blue in my book. I find this color to be incredible versatile, uplifting, moody in a good way, dramatic when you want it to be and above all else beautiful! There are few colors paired with blue that don’t look amazing, from all the neutrals all the way to rich browns. I know I will be using plenty of blue in my house as I start to decorate. So today is all about the many shades of blue that really light my fire. What is your opinion on blue? Like or love? Always love to know……

Love blue and cream, just so soothing
Love a little pop of navy in a white bathroom…..stunning! T.Keller Donovan
Rich navy is always a perfect choice against a white sofa, T.Keller Donovan
Nancy Corzine used a pale green blue in this pretty living room
This is a great little office with pops of blue, very cozy! Massucco, Warner Miller
How beautiful is this room in all its shades of blue against crisp white? Dreamy! 
Love blues in the outdoors, what a setting! Martyn Lawrence-Bullard
Love this guest room with different shades of blues, with a pop of coral/rose on the footstools, Sucasa
This is one of my personal favorite shades of blue…..so fresh!
A soft powdery blue on a living room wall brings instant serenity to the space, Suzanne Kasler
With pops of white this predominantly blue room feels elegant, airy and crisp, Diamond Baratta
How pretty is this fabulous room? Love the palest blue chairs, Leta Austin Foster
This gorgeous dramatic room gets a punch of beautiful blue, Nancy Corzine
This beautiful and serene room feels so calming with all this blue, Arch Digest
In the outdoors its nothing less than refreshing and elegant
Really like this room, the beautiful sapphire blue velvet chairs and subtle placement of blue on the pillows  and drapes is just gorgeous, Palm Design Group
I have always like navy with beige, such an elegant and timeless combination, Theodore and Co.
How about this rich blue chinoiserie for an elegant dining room? Sucasa Designs
Rich and royal…..love this setting, Thomas Burak
Love the crisp fresh feel here, the pop of the navies against the white is just stunning, Martyn Lawrence Bullard
One of my favorite colors blue, a pale gray blue
How about a vibrant royal blue paper in an otherwise light room? So pretty! Massucco, Warner Miller Designs
Navy is always a winner when paired with off white and rich wood, Lynn Morgan
One of my favorite shades, a pale gray blue, it is so soothing for a bedroom, House Beautiful
This blogland favorite is a stunning example of how stunning navy is in the bedroom, Mary McDonald
Love this cheery periwinkle blue bedroom, so uplifting! Lynn Morgan
Gorgeous dining room with subtle hints of pale pale blue, love the rug and of course the chinoiserie! Bear Hill Interiors
Love the elegant blue and white print here, Coastal Living
Traditional bedroom in soft blues against white, very serene and elegant
Gorgeous bedroom with a pale teal blue, Jan Showers
Love the blues against the creamy white walls in this fabulous dining room, Thomas Burak
Is there anything fresher than pale blue and crisp white, I don’t think so! Leta, Austin and Foster
And a little recap on “the blues”……………
All this blue, has me feeling so happy…… I love blue, in all its many shades. How about you? Do you have any blue in your home? Have a favorite room here? Love to know your thoughts! Also don’t forget about the exciting giveaway that Party Resources and I are doing from Peter Callahan. Click here to find out more. Wishing you have a wonderful day.

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