A prayer for Newtown and my birthday recap…..


I start this post by saying my heart is heavy over the unspeakable tragedy in Newtown, and asking everyone to keep those affected in their prayers.?? Absolutely devastating and frankly hard to wrap my head around. For those families left behind dealing with the most unimaginable grief, I hope God will protect, bless and guide them during this dark time and in the difficult days ahead. My heart breaks for each of them. All we can do is keep them in our prayers, which I will continue to do.?

LAST DAY TO SUBMIT YOUR HOLIDAY PICTURES…….IT CAN BE OF YOUR TREE, YOUR HOME, YOUR GIFT WRAP, AS LONG AS ITS HOLIDAY RELATED! I WILL BE POSTING MY READERS SPECTACULAR IMAGES TOMORROW! YOU ARE IN FOR A ROYAL TREAT……SEND ME YOUR PICTURES TO THEENCHANTEDHOME@GMAIL.COM

As you know Friday was my birthday as well. I am glad I didn’t know about it beforehand, admittedly it would have been difficult to get into a celebratory mood knowing what was going on just a state away.? I first want to say thanks so much for the wonderful and warm birthday wishes and was so touched by your comments, emails and even a few E-cards!? I really had a wonderful day. It meant so much to have a “day off”, no pressure to run around, play mama elf and do a million things in a day, do anything other than allow myself to be wined and dined by those I love and who thankfully love me back:) My dear friend made a beautiful luncheon for me and five of my closest friends. It is more than apparent that she put a lot of love and care into this special day as these pictures will attest.

The food was amazing, the atmosphere picture perfect and holiday ready and the company bar none….being surrounded by my closest friends, who could ask for anything more! I gave out nutcracker ornaments as favors and then she showered each of us with a beautiful Ralph Lauren candle and giant gingerbread cookie! It was like Christmas 11 days early! Besides feeling very loved and cared for, it was fun to be in her stunning home all decked out for the holidays! So you know I love to share with you my comings and goings and I thought you would all enjoy seeing highlights from this special day…..

?Such a beautiful and elegant holiday/birthday tablescape!

?Her dining room is absolutely beautiful and you know I love that paper (and those jars)!
?Killer view…….
?Her 15 foot tree, its a stunner and could give Rockefeller Center a run for its money!
This is a beautiful vignette in browns and greens…love it!
?A peek into the kitchen
?Another angle of that amazing view….
This is such a pretty picture, don’t you think?

?Her elegant and warm butlers pantry…..
And for all you Gracie wallpaper fans……this is one stunning powder room!

?Coffee was served in these darling nutcracker mugs….
?How about this darling pair of lab fireplace fenders for her two labs, love this!

?Her beautiful new mohair chairs…….love the color!
?The pooches are partied out….they are ready for an afternoon siesta!
?Looking from the family room into the kitchen and breakfast room, such a pretty shot.
?My “favors” for each of my friends, a trio of nutcracker ornaments

?The ornaments that I gave out as favors….love nutcrackers!

?And the second favor! A beautiful Ralph Lauren candle and giant gingerbread cookie!

?The beautiful table setting, love the plaid, the gold and of course those darling napkin rings!

?There are the “party animals”
?Part of the spread to start….yummy cheese and a crudite

?A wonderful rose champagne, that just kept on flowing…I certainly didn’t say no!
?Pretty!

?Nutcrackers are everywhere….
I am getting hungry all over again!
?A wonderful really yummy pasta with fresh lemon and olive oil…soooooo good!
?And this lemon sole was heavenly!

?The colors are so pretty and warm
?Time for the “goodies”!
?My friend putting her last minute touches on her wonderful cooking!
This green tea ice cream was sooooo good, love the peppermint topping she put in for a little holiday cheer!
?And my special birthday cupcake….yum!

?And my beautiful gift, it was almost too pretty to open. I said almost, but I was able to oblige:)

Her beautiful welcoming family room…….pretty!

With a view like this, it was hard to get up and get back to our schedules…mesmerizing!

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What a fabulous day!! Thank you so much for making me feel like one special lady! This was such a nice break from the chaotic days that I have had, and the perfect remedy to a crazy busy last few weeks. I feel recharged and ready to carry on with the holiday hustle bustle! Thanks for stopping by, hope you are getting through the holiday craziness OK……..I am taking it easy today, wrapping gifts but not even thinking of venturing into stores, supposed to stop by a holiday party a friend is having, and just catching my breath before I begin what will be a super busy week (I am determined to finish all my shopping no later than Wednesday)! Have a wonderful Sunday……


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A prayer for Newtown and my birthday recap…..

I start this post by saying my heart is heavy over the unspeakable tragedy in Newtown, and asking everyone to keep those affected in their prayers.   Absolutely devastating and frankly hard to wrap my head around. For those families left behind dealing with the most unimaginable grief, I hope God will protect, bless and guide them during this dark time and in the difficult days ahead. My heart breaks for each of them. All we can do is keep them in our prayers, which I will continue to do. 

LAST DAY TO SUBMIT YOUR HOLIDAY PICTURES…….IT CAN BE OF YOUR TREE, YOUR HOME, YOUR GIFT WRAP, AS LONG AS ITS HOLIDAY RELATED! I WILL BE POSTING MY READERS SPECTACULAR IMAGES TOMORROW! YOU ARE IN FOR A ROYAL TREAT……SEND ME YOUR PICTURES TO THEENCHANTEDHOME@GMAIL.COM

As you know Friday was my birthday as well. I am glad I didn’t know about it beforehand, admittedly it would have been difficult to get into a celebratory mood knowing what was going on just a state away.  I first want to say thanks so much for the wonderful and warm birthday wishes and was so touched by your comments, emails and even a few E-cards!  I really had a wonderful day. It meant so much to have a “day off”, no pressure to run around, play mama elf and do a million things in a day, do anything other than allow myself to be wined and dined by those I love and who thankfully love me back:) My dear friend made a beautiful luncheon for me and five of my closest friends. It is more than apparent that she put a lot of love and care into this special day as these pictures will attest.

The food was amazing, the atmosphere picture perfect and holiday ready and the company bar none….being surrounded by my closest friends, who could ask for anything more! I gave out nutcracker ornaments as favors and then she showered each of us with a beautiful Ralph Lauren candle and giant gingerbread cookie! It was like Christmas 11 days early! Besides feeling very loved and cared for, it was fun to be in her stunning home all decked out for the holidays! So you know I love to share with you my comings and goings and I thought you would all enjoy seeing highlights from this special day…..

 Such a beautiful and elegant holiday/birthday tablescape!

 Her dining room is absolutely beautiful and you know I love that paper (and those jars)!
 Killer view…….
 Her 15 foot tree, its a stunner and could give Rockefeller Center a run for its money!
This is a beautiful vignette in browns and greens…love it!
 A peek into the kitchen
 Another angle of that amazing view….
This is such a pretty picture, don’t you think?

 Her elegant and warm butlers pantry…..
And for all you Gracie wallpaper fans……this is one stunning powder room!

 Coffee was served in these darling nutcracker mugs….
 How about this darling pair of lab fireplace fenders for her two labs, love this!

 Her beautiful new mohair chairs…….love the color!
 The pooches are partied out….they are ready for an afternoon siesta!
 Looking from the family room into the kitchen and breakfast room, such a pretty shot.
 My “favors” for each of my friends, a trio of nutcracker ornaments

 The ornaments that I gave out as favors….love nutcrackers!

 And the second favor! A beautiful Ralph Lauren candle and giant gingerbread cookie!

 The beautiful table setting, love the plaid, the gold and of course those darling napkin rings!

 There are the “party animals”
 Part of the spread to start….yummy cheese and a crudite

 A wonderful rose champagne, that just kept on flowing…I certainly didn’t say no!
 Pretty!

 Nutcrackers are everywhere….
I am getting hungry all over again!
 A wonderful really yummy pasta with fresh lemon and olive oil…soooooo good!
 And this lemon sole was heavenly!

 The colors are so pretty and warm
 Time for the “goodies”!
 My friend putting her last minute touches on her wonderful cooking!
This green tea ice cream was sooooo good, love the peppermint topping she put in for a little holiday cheer!
 And my special birthday cupcake….yum!

 And my beautiful gift, it was almost too pretty to open. I said almost, but I was able to oblige:)

Her beautiful welcoming family room…….pretty!

With a view like this, it was hard to get up and get back to our schedules…mesmerizing!

 

 
What a fabulous day!! Thank you so much for making me feel like one special lady! This was such a nice break from the chaotic days that I have had, and the perfect remedy to a crazy busy last few weeks. I feel recharged and ready to carry on with the holiday hustle bustle! Thanks for stopping by, hope you are getting through the holiday craziness OK……..I am taking it easy today, wrapping gifts but not even thinking of venturing into stores, supposed to stop by a holiday party a friend is having, and just catching my breath before I begin what will be a super busy week (I am determined to finish all my shopping no later than Wednesday)! Have a wonderful Sunday……
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Come on a magic carpet ride and a major Safavieh giveaway!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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www.safaviehhome.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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www.safaviehhome.com