The tale of two showhouses….

Hi there! Don’t forget to enter the pillow giveaway (my weekly giveaway) click here if you missed it. And of course loving all the beautiful “Hooray for the holidays” pictures I am getting and hope you will participate. All details on bottom.

Moving onto one of my favorite subjects…….designer showhouses!  I attended not one but two show houses recently and there were so many lovely things to share that it warranted its very own post:) I love show houses but have to say I have been disappointed in recent years over them and don’t remember going to many that I loved, at least not the way I used to.

 I used to come home and dream of what I saw and felt so inspired to start sprucing up my own house……but that has not been the case in recent years, most have disappointed with a few winning rooms amidst a bunch of underwhelming  and lackluster ones. So these were both a treat…. even if some of these rooms were not exactly my taste they were done really well and I had a definite  appreciation for the attention to detail, the imagination and creativity used and how they went the “extra mile”.  I am excited to share with you some of the beauty today! Ready to come inside?

House (if you can call it that) number one. The first house was done in the most palatial turn of the century masterpieces built for the famed Guggenheim Family in Sands Point, NY. Called Hempstead House, or the Sands Point Preserve, it sits on one of the most prime spots overlooking the Long Island sound, affording it practically a panoramic view. Built in 1917, it is really something to behold!  If you want to find out more about this architectural gem, click here.

VERY PICTURE HEAVY….SO BE SURE TO TAKE A SEAT AND GRAB ANOTHER CUP OF JAVA!

 Even if there wasn’t a single piece of furniture it would be worth it to visit just to take in the majesty and grandeur…oh if only those walls could talk! Today it is owned by the county and serves as a museum and is a registered landmark. It was a positively regal home to have a showhouse in! Come inside…..

 Pretty breathtaking…don’t you think?
 Upon entering there is a massive sunken Palm court (foyer to most of us little people)
 The dining room….interesting how they made it all white and so modern, it was a great twist, very Phillipe Starck!

 This massive sunroom with the most amazing stonework became a billiards room…a very big one! (done by Keith Baltimore) I could see some serious parties in this space!

 Of course my eye went straight to the magnificent Provence planter…really love this one!

Upon entering the magnificent and very palatial living room done beautifully by Safavieh Home which took the award for best room

 This one picture has me rethinking my own breakfast room with a much smaller bay of windows but its the same idea….LOVE the window seat and all the pillows!

 It was a very dramatic space…..with 16 foot ceilings!

 The windows were amazing at every turn!

Onto the family room which is piggybacked to the living room…so has a similar style architecturally, same windows,etc…..

 You don’t see fireplaces like this anymore!
 Or ceilings like this one!

 Or how about this absolutely incredible limestone stair tower…at one time looks like an organ lived up there!

Upon entering what I thought was the prettiest bedroom of the house…and what a way to be greeted!

 This was the “bridal room” done by Liz Cordeiro, it was quite beautiful and overlooks the sound!

 The faux fur throws gave it a very Hollywood retro vibe…super glamorous!

 In another room which didn’t excite me, I was impressed with the creative approach to filling the fireplace…..so interesting!

 This bedroom was like a throwback, it was done really well and authentically. I almost felt swept away to another era.

And check out these killer views…..they were beyond words!

 The back of the house, unfortunately the sun was so bright, it made taking pictures from the back challenging

 Ahh…here we go, a little better!

 That is yet another mansion built on the same property, rumor has it for the wife and her “boyfriend”

 A side view of the magnificent porte cochere…..amazing!

 It looks more like a university than a home….but it was such a treat to visit! I love being taken back to earlier times and it was easy to imagine the living large, the parties, the holidays, that all took place here…magical!

Moving along to the second house, a  much more manageable and “human sized” abode  but nevertheless a very  stately home, the kind of house you walk in and can actually imagine living in. I thought this was really well done.  It is a home built in around 1920 but it was lovingly restored an felt fresh and new. Very very charming. Come on inside…..

Darling and charming bathroom…..love the Scalamandre paper!

Very cozy den/library…love the more transitional take in a very traditional room

Now entering the living room, done in very pale powdery blues and creams…..

Loved the sunroom done by Rinfret group! Recognize the lantern from the custom tole line I carry!

Moving along outside to the patio….I wouldn’t do orange myself but it really worked here and was so “fall like”….

Charming herb garden

How perfectly round are those mums!
Love the old brick walkway around the garden

Fell in love with these uber charming topiaries!!

Beautiful dining room courtesy of Barbara of Hampton Hostess fame….so well done!

Cozy sitting area off the kitchen

Interesting tile mosaic backsplash…always fun to see the new trends!

This was a small study off the kitchen but sooo cozy and so well done complete with tiny wet bar

Eat in breakfast space……

Breakfast room looking into the kitchen


Gotta love this laundry room…this could anyone excited to do laundry! Such a feel good room…….

Welcome to a guest room or a great teenage girls room….nicely done!

You know I loved the bathroom that went with it….I spy blue and white!

Up on the third floor was a bonafide mancave, my sons would LOVE this space..pics were dark though.

Back to the living room…..

And that glorious sunroom…..

And that great bathroom on our way out had to take one last pic!

This beautiful chinoisereie was found in a small vestibule off the foyer

Gorgeous painted ceiling

Outside the foliage was fully ablaze in a rhapsody of color……

Loved this charming little vignette right off the main foyer……….

I haven’t seen this before, but how beautiful! Mirror around the fireplace…..very very pretty!

Back to the dining room…told you there is no rhyme or reason to the sequence of these pictures!

Living room…..

Heading upstairs…..(again)!

Small but charming master bath and bedroom…..

So there you have it! Which house do you like more? Obviously one is like a museum and though it was incredible to visit..it would be hard to imagine living there. However with a staff as they used to have it….maybe I would reconsider:) They were a treat to attend and it restored my faith in one of my favorite pastimes, going to designer showhouses! Hope you enjoyed…did you have a favorite room?

Three things before I go! Today is the last day to be eligible for the gorgeous pillow giveaway from Studio Trullia. Don’t miss out…its a beauty! Click here for details and find out how to enter!

If you missed my latest batch of steals and deals….(last one until after Thanksgiving) click here, there are a few things left but most are sold. I will have my final steal and deals first week of December, so stay tuned!

Third, I am so enjoying receiving all of your “Hooray for the holiday” pictures, details below-

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 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).

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

Email me your pictures to theenchantedhome@gmail.com. Thank in advance for entering, you have a little over 2 weeks to send them in! I will also hold a Christmas themed contest in early Jan so get those cameras ready! Some ideas…..

The tale of two showhouses….

Hi there! Don’t forget to enter the pillow giveaway (my weekly giveaway) click here if you missed it. And of course loving all the beautiful “Hooray for the holidays” pictures I am getting and hope you will participate. All details on bottom.

Moving onto one of my favorite subjects…….designer showhouses!? I attended not one but two show houses recently and there were so many lovely things to share that it warranted its very own post:) I love show houses but have to say I have been disappointed in recent years over them and don’t remember going to many that I loved, at least not the way I used to.

?I used to come home and dream of what I saw and felt so inspired to start sprucing up my own house……but that has not been the case in recent years, most have disappointed with a few winning rooms amidst a bunch of underwhelming? and lackluster ones. So these were both a treat…. even if some of these rooms were not exactly my taste they were done really well and I had a definite? appreciation for the attention to detail, the imagination and creativity used and how they went the “extra mile”.? I am excited to share with you some of the beauty today! Ready to come inside?

House (if you can call it that) number one. The first house was done in the most palatial turn of the century masterpieces built for the famed Guggenheim Family in Sands Point, NY. Called Hempstead House, or the Sands Point Preserve, it sits on one of the most prime spots overlooking the Long Island sound, affording it practically a panoramic view. Built in 1917, it is really something to behold!? If you want to find out more about this architectural gem, click here.

VERY PICTURE HEAVY….SO BE SURE TO TAKE A SEAT AND GRAB ANOTHER CUP OF JAVA!

?Even if there wasn’t a single piece of furniture it would be worth it to visit just to take in the majesty and grandeur…oh if only those walls could talk! Today it is owned by the county and serves as a museum and is a registered landmark. It was a positively regal home to have a showhouse in! Come inside…..

?Pretty breathtaking…don’t you think?
?Upon entering there is a massive sunken Palm court (foyer to most of us little people)
?The dining room….interesting how they made it all white and so modern, it was a great twist, very Phillipe Starck!

?This massive sunroom with the most amazing stonework became a billiards room…a very big one! (done by Keith Baltimore) I could see some serious parties in this space!

?Of course my eye went straight to the magnificent Provence planter…really love this one!

Upon entering the magnificent and very palatial living room done beautifully by Safavieh Home which took the award for best room

?This one picture has me rethinking my own breakfast room with a much smaller bay of windows but its the same idea….LOVE the window seat and all the pillows!

?It was a very dramatic space…..with 16 foot ceilings!

?The windows were amazing at every turn!

Onto the family room which is piggybacked to the living room…so has a similar style architecturally, same windows,etc…..

?You don’t see fireplaces like this anymore!
?Or ceilings like this one!

?Or how about this absolutely incredible limestone stair tower…at one time looks like an organ lived up there!

Upon entering what I thought was the prettiest bedroom of the house…and what a way to be greeted!

?This was the “bridal room” done by Liz Cordeiro, it was quite beautiful and overlooks the sound!

?The faux fur throws gave it a very Hollywood retro vibe…super glamorous!

?In another room which didn’t excite me, I was impressed with the creative approach to filling the fireplace…..so interesting!

?This bedroom was like a throwback, it was done really well and authentically. I almost felt swept away to another era.

And check out these killer views…..they were beyond words!

?The back of the house, unfortunately the sun was so bright, it made taking pictures from the back challenging

?Ahh…here we go, a little better!

?That is yet another mansion built on the same property, rumor has it for the wife and her “boyfriend”

?A side view of the magnificent porte cochere…..amazing!

?It looks more like a university than a home….but it was such a treat to visit! I love being taken back to earlier times and it was easy to imagine the living large, the parties, the holidays, that all took place here…magical!

Moving along to the second house, a? much more manageable and “human sized” abode? but nevertheless a very? stately home, the kind of house you walk in and can actually imagine living in. I thought this was really well done.? It is a home built in around 1920 but it was lovingly restored an felt fresh and new. Very very charming. Come on inside…..

Darling and charming bathroom…..love the Scalamandre paper!

Very cozy den/library…love the more transitional take in a very traditional room

Now entering the living room, done in very pale powdery blues and creams…..

Loved the sunroom done by Rinfret group! Recognize the lantern from the custom tole line I carry!

Moving along outside to the patio….I wouldn’t do orange myself but it really worked here and was so “fall like”….

Charming herb garden

How perfectly round are those mums!
Love the old brick walkway around the garden

Fell in love with these uber charming topiaries!!

Beautiful dining room courtesy of Barbara of Hampton Hostess fame….so well done!

Cozy sitting area off the kitchen

Interesting tile mosaic backsplash…always fun to see the new trends!

This was a small study off the kitchen but sooo cozy and so well done complete with tiny wet bar

Eat in breakfast space……

Breakfast room looking into the kitchen


Gotta love this laundry room…this could anyone excited to do laundry! Such a feel good room…….

Welcome to a guest room or a great teenage girls room….nicely done!

You know I loved the bathroom that went with it….I spy blue and white!

Up on the third floor was a bonafide mancave, my sons would LOVE this space..pics were dark though.

Back to the living room…..

And that glorious sunroom…..

And that great bathroom on our way out had to take one last pic!

This beautiful chinoisereie was found in a small vestibule off the foyer

Gorgeous painted ceiling

Outside the foliage was fully ablaze in a rhapsody of color……

Loved this charming little vignette right off the main foyer……….

I haven’t seen this before, but how beautiful! Mirror around the fireplace…..very very pretty!

Back to the dining room…told you there is no rhyme or reason to the sequence of these pictures!

Living room…..

Heading upstairs…..(again)!

Small but charming master bath and bedroom…..

So there you have it! Which house do you like more? Obviously one is like a museum and though it was incredible to visit..it would be hard to imagine living there. However with a staff as they used to have it….maybe I would reconsider:) They were a treat to attend and it restored my faith in one of my favorite pastimes, going to designer showhouses! Hope you enjoyed…did you have a favorite room?

Three things before I go! Today is the last day to be eligible for the gorgeous pillow giveaway from Studio Trullia. Don’t miss out…its a beauty! Click here for details and find out how to enter!

If you missed my latest batch of steals and deals….(last one until after Thanksgiving) click here, there are a few things left but most are sold. I will have my final steal and deals first week of December, so stay tuned!

Third, I am so enjoying receiving all of your “Hooray for the holiday” pictures, details below-

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 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).

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

Email me your pictures to theenchantedhome@gmail.com. Thank in advance for entering, you have a little over 2 weeks to send them in! I will also hold a Christmas themed contest in early Jan so get those cameras ready! Some ideas…..

Mr. and Mrs. Howard and a giveaway!

Good morning! I had the opportunity to attend an intimate Q&A with Mr. and Mrs. Howard over at the spectacular Safavieh Showroom in Stamford, CT.  yes….that talented duo that produces some of my all time favorite rooms…..rooms that fill  endless pages in blogland and Pinterest boards. What a lovely, charming and talented couple they are! I loved hearing about their story, how they got started in their business….and as with most things in life, when something is meant to be, it somehow just “happens” in a rather effortless way. Their story is wonderful, heart warming, inspiring and proof that when you have a passion for something and follow your heart, sometimes amazing things can happen and the rest will follow…..their wild success is certainly a tribute to that!! I also love that they are a husband and wife team……that in itself is a huge feat:)

Their new line for Sherrill furniture is absolutely gorgeous. There isn’t a piece of furniture there I would be delighted to add to my own home. It is traditional but has a current/modern edge that makes the furniture highly appealing and most appropriate for today’s slightly more casual lifestyle. I love that nearly every piece is made in the U.S.A. (worth its weight in gold)! Sherrill produces excellent quality, extremely comfortable and affordable furniture,  it’s no wonder that they are a very popular “go to” source for so many designers. The Mr. and Mrs Howard furniture line feels much like their namesake rooms do, welcoming, elegant, crisp and clean, warm and sophisticated.

Phoebe was so kind to sign a copy of her exquisite new bestselling book, The Joy of Decorating for one of my lucky readers. I have owned this book since it came out and have referred to it countless times, enjoyed hearing their stories and love how the book is categorized by themes. It is a true feast for the senses!

 I am quite sure, that many of you, being the savvy design loving readers you are,  own this book but for those that don’t this is one of those “must haves” that belongs in every design lovers home. So I am giving away a signed book to one lucky winner! Lets take a look at rooms that have received the Howard magic and a few favorite pieces from The Sherrill Collection, then details follow on the bottom………

Some exquisite new pieces from the Sherrill Collection for Mr. and Mrs. Howard…..

And while their rooms need no introduction……here’s a look at some of my personal favorites!

 This is one of my all time favorite bedrooms (for anyone who has been reading my blog a long time, you know this)!

 This could make me want to call in sick every day!

Love everything, every tine detail about this space…..recognize the belljar?

 Love the cocoon like feeling of this sumptuous bedroom…..

Pretty spectacular wouldn’t you say?  The book is filled with so many stunning images front to back….a true keeper. To me, their rooms always feel like walking onto a perfect billowy cloud, my absolute favorite feeling for a room. They design and decorate a “Howard room” with just the right amount of elegance, sophistication and clean lines sprinkled with a healthy dose of soft colors and lots of lovely painted finishes. Do you notice not a lot of pattern in their rooms? I think this is why they are so pleasing to the eye and why they are no doubt, a household name for anyone in the know:)

So how to win this wonderful signed book…..visit them over at Sherrill Furniture , come back here and tell me your favorite item from their new collection. Want a second chance? Subscribe to become a reader on her blog, which by the way is really fantastic, filed with all kinds of valuable “how tos” and I love their weekly before and afters. Phoebe is really generous in sharing her talent, knowledge and expertise through her blog. I will announce one lucky winner on Monday!

Want to see even more of their work, click here to visit their website.

Many thanks as always for stopping in and wishing you a fabulous Thursday!

Also on a sidenote, by popular demand was able to get 10 more sets of these gorgeous appetizer/dessert plates. Many emailed me but I had none left to sell, they sold out  almost right away. Email me at theenchantedhome@gmail.com if you want to place an order, they are ready to go!

 Gorgeous assorted scalloped dessert/appetizer plates. Measures 6.5″ square. A set of assorted patterns is $38.00. So elegant, and a perfect size.

Mr. and Mrs. Howard and a giveaway!

Good morning! I had the opportunity to attend an intimate Q&A with Mr. and Mrs. Howard over at the spectacular Safavieh Showroom in Stamford, CT.? yes….that talented duo that produces some of my all time favorite rooms…..rooms that fill? endless pages in blogland and Pinterest boards. What a lovely, charming and talented couple they are! I loved hearing about their story, how they got started in their business….and as with most things in life, when something is meant to be, it somehow just “happens” in a rather effortless way. Their story is wonderful, heart warming, inspiring and proof that when you have a passion for something and follow your heart, sometimes amazing things can happen and the rest will follow…..their wild success is certainly a tribute to that!! I also love that they are a husband and wife team……that in itself is a huge feat:)

Their new line for Sherrill furniture is absolutely gorgeous. There isn’t a piece of furniture there I would be delighted to add to my own home. It is traditional but has a current/modern edge that makes the furniture highly appealing and most appropriate for today’s slightly more casual lifestyle. I love that nearly every piece is made in the U.S.A. (worth its weight in gold)! Sherrill produces excellent quality, extremely comfortable and affordable furniture,? it’s no wonder that they are a very popular “go to” source for so many designers. The Mr. and Mrs Howard furniture line feels much like their namesake rooms do, welcoming, elegant, crisp and clean, warm and sophisticated.

Phoebe was so kind to sign a copy of her exquisite new bestselling book, The Joy of Decorating for one of my lucky readers. I have owned this book since it came out and have referred to it countless times, enjoyed hearing their stories and love how the book is categorized by themes. It is a true feast for the senses!

?I am quite sure, that many of you, being the savvy design loving readers you are,? own this book but for those that don’t this is one of those “must haves” that belongs in every design lovers home. So I am giving away a signed book to one lucky winner! Lets take a look at rooms that have received the Howard magic and a few favorite pieces from The Sherrill Collection, then details follow on the bottom………

Some exquisite new pieces from the Sherrill Collection for Mr. and Mrs. Howard…..

And while their rooms need no introduction……here’s a look at some of my personal favorites!

?This is one of my all time favorite bedrooms (for anyone who has been reading my blog a long time, you know this)!

?This could make me want to call in sick every day!

Love everything, every tine detail about this space…..recognize the belljar?

?Love the cocoon like feeling of this sumptuous bedroom…..

Pretty spectacular wouldn’t you say?? The book is filled with so many stunning images front to back….a true keeper. To me, their rooms always feel like walking onto a perfect billowy cloud, my absolute favorite feeling for a room. They design and decorate a “Howard room” with just the right amount of elegance, sophistication and clean lines sprinkled with a healthy dose of soft colors and lots of lovely painted finishes. Do you notice not a lot of pattern in their rooms? I think this is why they are so pleasing to the eye and why they are no doubt, a household name for anyone in the know:)

So how to win this wonderful signed book…..visit them over at Sherrill Furniture , come back here and tell me your favorite item from their new collection. Want a second chance? Subscribe to become a reader on her blog, which by the way is really fantastic, filed with all kinds of valuable “how tos” and I love their weekly before and afters. Phoebe is really generous in sharing her talent, knowledge and expertise through her blog. I will announce one lucky winner on Monday!

Want to see even more of their work, click here to visit their website.

Many thanks as always for stopping in and wishing you a fabulous Thursday!

Also on a sidenote, by popular demand was able to get 10 more sets of these gorgeous appetizer/dessert plates. Many emailed me but I had none left to sell, they sold out? almost right away. Email me at theenchantedhome@gmail.com if you want to place an order, they are ready to go!

?Gorgeous assorted scalloped dessert/appetizer plates. Measures 6.5″ square. A set of assorted patterns is $38.00. So elegant, and a perfect size.

Late week musings and a winner!

Hi there. Boy its been one heck of a  busy week over here! Hope you had a good week, the weather has been pure perfection. Just amazing in every way. So as these posts are all over the place, this one is much of the same. I am looking forward to a pretty relaxing weekend. Weekend visitors, a football game, gorgeous sunny skies….its all good! Had a lot going on and a little downtime sounds mighty good! Ready to get started, let’s go……

First a winner of the Staffordshire dogs, congratulations goes to……

Result:

Tina I would give them each a box of the monogrammed soaps put in one of those gorgeous silver small planters. What a beautiful gift that would make that they could remember your special day by. Love that idea and love this giveaway. Those dogs are so beautiful and your shop is my favorite online store!
Please email me your shipping details so the dogs can be on their way…..

Also my reader/customer thanked everyone for their amazing ideas! She decided to give monogrammed soaps and a small crested silver tray…love the idea, great keepsake.

MY HOUSE. Our house was used yesterday for a photo shoot! Details later but I took a few behind the scenes photos and it was quite exciting but a very very looooong day! I have a new found appreciation for all that goes on behind a photo shoot, making a movie or commercial…its intense! I am going to be doing a post on it but here is a sneak peek……..


A FUN VIDEO. This is hysterical, gotta love Marion Cotillard for doing this fun take on the fashion industry and boy this is not at all an exaggeration of how it appears so glamorous on the outside but its stressful, intense and cutthroat past the iron gates. Saw this on Sharon’s blog, My French Country Home and it is just too cute to not share. Be sure to watch it to the end, it worth it!

SOMETHING YUMMY. Come on, its the comfort food season:) I decided to try one recipe a week from my Pinterest food boards. I have a friend who is nuts for peanut brittle and since she has not been feeling well and house bound, I decided to try my hand at it and this was a serious winner. This is almond brittle and let me forewarn you now, this will render you helpless!  This was sooooo good, I was really glad I was giving it away. Really glad! It would not have lasted an hour around here:) Click here for the recipe and even for a non baker like me, I didn’t find it difficult..but oh so very good!

A FEW NEW BOOKS. Love getting in new books to review and a few that are wonderful and worth sharing are the following…..have a few others which I am getting to so will share those next week but in the meantime, these are both fabulous and must buy’s……

Suzanne Tuckers new book is SUBLIME. You must add this to your design book collection. It is a total treasure trove of the most gorgeous interiors….love love love this one!  I can see it will quickly become one of my favorites! Click here to order on Amazon.

Beyond Chic is a huge gorgeous coffee table book. This is a fabulous insiders peek into world famous fashion designers homes, it is so interesting! A great culmination of these fabulous designers and their sumptuous interiors. A fabulous coffee table book and a perfect gift idea for a fashionista friend:) Click here to order on Amazon.

BOOTS. Who doesn’t love boots. I was reading a blog the other day when a bunch of people chimed in about some of the riding boots being too narrow for their calves, apparently a common enough problem that Neiman Marcus has an entire category on their website now devoted to wide calved or extended calf boots!! How smart is that…..thought I would share:) Click here to visit, here are  few winners!


MY SHOP.  I did a whole post on my shop on Wednesday, if you missed it click here. I am excited for this weeks steals and deals! Check them out….limited availability.

1. Gorgeous assorted scalloped dessert/appetizer plates. Measures 6.5″ square. A set of assorted patterns is $38.00. So elegant, and a perfect size.

2. Coordinating set of mugs. Love starting my day with a blue and white mug and coffee! Set of four of assorted mix and match patterns. $38.00

 3. Goregous handpainted blue and white trellis planter. Meausres 11.5 wide $55.00

Just email me at theenchantedhome@gmail.com if you want to purchase any of the above!

Also my Annabell Ingall bags are one hot item. I am super excited to be getting in a big order next week with all new fall colors. Amongst the goodies, I am getting in 14 pieces of this very sought after color, a rich neutral cognac,  10 are sold and 4 are up for grabs. Many of you had emailed me about it but I only had one and it sold right away. If you wanted one in this gorgeous rich color…email me to reserve it.

I will do a post on the new colors sometime later next week….stay tuned:)

A FUN CONTEST!  My Fall fabulous contest is going on…..I am accepting pictures until October 2nd. Hope you will participate, I have gottten in some fantastic ones so far, details below……

“FALL FABULOUS” CONTEST DETAILS…..

From today until Oct. 2nd I am accepting pictures that represent what fall is to you.  It can be anything from how decorate your urns, to your front door, pictures of your kids or pets all decked out for fall, your favorite fall meal or decadent treat, a favorite fall outfit, a beautiful shot of foliage…whatever makes you happy about fall and what you think of when you hear “fall fabulous”.

I will then put all the pictures together and set up voting to take place over a certain number of days. I will then compile all the votes and announce a winner. I am going to be brainstorming for a fabulous prize, but assure you….it will be worth your while!

So don’t delay, get inspired and send in your pictures, I know how talented and inspiring you all are! Max. 2 pictures per entrant….pictures  can be emailed to  theenchantedhome@gmail.com. I can’t wait to get this off the ground!! PLEASE PUT FALL FABULOUS in the subject line. All pictures must be your own. Thanks for entering in advance 🙂

So that my friends is a wrap up. Hope you enjoy a wonderful Thursday evening…..and a great end to your week. Hopefully I will check in over the weekend sometime but not sure as I have visitors this weekend.  Otherwise on Monday! Enjoy…..

Late week musings and a winner!

Hi there. Boy its been one heck of a? busy week over here! Hope you had a good week, the weather has been pure perfection. Just amazing in every way. So as these posts are all over the place, this one is much of the same. I am looking forward to a pretty relaxing weekend. Weekend visitors, a football game, gorgeous sunny skies….its all good! Had a lot going on and a little downtime sounds mighty good! Ready to get started, let’s go……

First a winner of the Staffordshire dogs, congratulations goes to……

Result:

Tina I would give them each a box of the monogrammed soaps put in one of those gorgeous silver small planters. What a beautiful gift that would make that they could remember your special day by. Love that idea and love this giveaway. Those dogs are so beautiful and your shop is my favorite online store!
Please email me your shipping details so the dogs can be on their way…..

Also my reader/customer thanked everyone for their amazing ideas! She decided to give monogrammed soaps and a small crested silver tray…love the idea, great keepsake.

MY HOUSE. Our house was used yesterday for a photo shoot! Details later but I took a few behind the scenes photos and it was quite exciting but a very very looooong day! I have a new found appreciation for all that goes on behind a photo shoot, making a movie or commercial…its intense! I am going to be doing a post on it but here is a sneak peek……..


A FUN VIDEO. This is hysterical, gotta love Marion Cotillard for doing this fun take on the fashion industry and boy this is not at all an exaggeration of how it appears so glamorous on the outside but its stressful, intense and cutthroat past the iron gates. Saw this on Sharon’s blog, My French Country Home and it is just too cute to not share. Be sure to watch it to the end, it worth it!

SOMETHING YUMMY. Come on, its the comfort food season:) I decided to try one recipe a week from my Pinterest food boards. I have a friend who is nuts for peanut brittle and since she has not been feeling well and house bound, I decided to try my hand at it and this was a serious winner. This is almond brittle and let me forewarn you now, this will render you helpless!? This was sooooo good, I was really glad I was giving it away. Really glad! It would not have lasted an hour around here:) Click here for the recipe and even for a non baker like me, I didn’t find it difficult..but oh so very good!

A FEW NEW BOOKS. Love getting in new books to review and a few that are wonderful and worth sharing are the following…..have a few others which I am getting to so will share those next week but in the meantime, these are both fabulous and must buy’s……

Suzanne Tuckers new book is SUBLIME. You must add this to your design book collection. It is a total treasure trove of the most gorgeous interiors….love love love this one!? I can see it will quickly become one of my favorites! Click here to order on Amazon.

Beyond Chic is a huge gorgeous coffee table book. This is a fabulous insiders peek into world famous fashion designers homes, it is so interesting! A great culmination of these fabulous designers and their sumptuous interiors. A fabulous coffee table book and a perfect gift idea for a fashionista friend:) Click here to order on Amazon.

BOOTS. Who doesn’t love boots. I was reading a blog the other day when a bunch of people chimed in about some of the riding boots being too narrow for their calves, apparently a common enough problem that Neiman Marcus has an entire category on their website now devoted to wide calved or extended calf boots!! How smart is that…..thought I would share:) Click here to visit, here are? few winners!


MY SHOP.? I did a whole post on my shop on Wednesday, if you missed it click here. I am excited for this weeks steals and deals! Check them out….limited availability.

1. Gorgeous assorted scalloped dessert/appetizer plates. Measures 6.5″ square. A set of assorted patterns is $38.00. So elegant, and a perfect size.

2. Coordinating set of mugs. Love starting my day with a blue and white mug and coffee! Set of four of assorted mix and match patterns. $38.00

?3. Goregous handpainted blue and white trellis planter. Meausres 11.5 wide $55.00

Just email me at theenchantedhome@gmail.com if you want to purchase any of the above!

Also my Annabell Ingall bags are one hot item. I am super excited to be getting in a big order next week with all new fall colors. Amongst the goodies, I am getting in 14 pieces of this very sought after color, a rich neutral cognac,? 10 are sold and 4 are up for grabs. Many of you had emailed me about it but I only had one and it sold right away. If you wanted one in this gorgeous rich color…email me to reserve it.

I will do a post on the new colors sometime later next week….stay tuned:)

A FUN CONTEST!? My Fall fabulous contest is going on…..I am accepting pictures until October 2nd. Hope you will participate, I have gottten in some fantastic ones so far, details below……

“FALL FABULOUS” CONTEST DETAILS…..


From today until Oct. 2nd I am accepting pictures that represent what fall is to you.? It can be anything from how decorate your urns, to your front door, pictures of your kids or pets all decked out for fall, your favorite fall meal or decadent treat, a favorite fall outfit, a beautiful shot of foliage…whatever makes you happy about fall and what you think of when you hear “fall fabulous”.

I will then put all the pictures together and set up voting to take place over a certain number of days. I will then compile all the votes and announce a winner. I am going to be brainstorming for a fabulous prize, but assure you….it will be worth your while!

So don’t delay, get inspired and send in your pictures, I know how talented and inspiring you all are! Max. 2 pictures per entrant….pictures? can be emailed to? theenchantedhome@gmail.com. I can’t wait to get this off the ground!! PLEASE PUT FALL FABULOUS in the subject line. All pictures must be your own. Thanks for entering in advance 🙂

So that my friends is a wrap up. Hope you enjoy a wonderful Thursday evening…..and a great end to your week. Hopefully I will check in over the weekend sometime but not sure as I have visitors this weekend.? Otherwise on Monday! Enjoy…..

Architect Spotlight: J. Wilson Fuqua and Associates

Every now and then I stumble across a designer or architect who just speaks to me and the work of the architectural/design firm of J Wilson Fuqua and Associates  spoke to me loud and clear! I was practically drooling over my keyboard as I looked further into their impressive body of work. It absolutely warranted a post and sharing with my readers.  There will be many pictures here where you will say “I can see why she loves it”. Very much my taste. Classical, traditional, timeless and ever so elegant.

The beautiful work of Dallas based  J. Wilson Fuqua and Associates is headed by architect Wilson Fuqua who works with six associates,  who clearly have perfected the art of classical architecture, specializing in both new construction as well as tasteful renovations. The interiors are beautifully married to their uber elegant exteriors and I promise my dear readers, you are in for a royal treat. So enough of my jabbering, time to share the beauty. Get those pinning fingers ready, they are going to have the workout of a lifetime today:) Let’s get busy….

Still breathing? Pretty spectacular don’t you think? LOVE their aesthetic. If you want to see more click here to visit their website. I so enjoyed putting this post together….and hope you enjoyed seeing it. Thanks as always for stopping in and wishing you a wonderful day!

Don’t forget my “Fall fabulous” photo contest  is on as of yesterday. Send me your pictures of fall inspiration to theenchantedhome@gmail. com. Click here to see all the details, join in the fun!

And a reminder of my “Fabulous fall” picture contest, that is now on….be sure to send me your pictures!  I got in about 15 amazing pictures so far! Details below…..

“FALL FABULOUS” CONTEST DETAILS…..

From today until Oct. 2nd I am accepting pictures that represent what fall is to you.  It can be anything from how decorate your urns, to your front door, pictures of your kids or pets all decked out for fall, your favorite fall meal or decadent treat, a favorite fall outfit, a beautiful shot of foliage…whatever makes you happy about fall and what you think of when you hear “fall fabulous”.

I will then put all the pictures together and set up voting to take place over a certain number of days. I will then compile all the votes and announce a winner. I am going to be brainstorming for a fabulous prize, but assure you….it will be worth your while!

So don’t delay, get inspired and send in your pictures, I know how talented and inspiring you all are! Max. 2 pictures per entrant….pictures  can be emailed to  theenchantedhome@gmail.com. I can’t wait to get this off the ground!! PLEASE PUT FALL FABULOUS in the subject line. All pictures must be your own. Thanks for entering in advance 🙂

Architect Spotlight: J. Wilson Fuqua and Associates

Every now and then I stumble across a designer or architect who just speaks to me and the work of the architectural/design firm of J Wilson Fuqua and Associates? spoke to me loud and clear! I was practically drooling over my keyboard as I looked further into their impressive body of work. It absolutely warranted a post and sharing with my readers.? There will be many pictures here where you will say “I can see why she loves it”. Very much my taste. Classical, traditional, timeless and ever so elegant.

The beautiful work of Dallas based? J. Wilson Fuqua and Associates is headed by architect Wilson Fuqua who works with six associates,? who clearly have perfected the art of classical architecture, specializing in both new construction as well as tasteful renovations. The interiors are beautifully married to their uber elegant exteriors and I promise my dear readers, you are in for a royal treat. So enough of my jabbering, time to share the beauty. Get those pinning fingers ready, they are going to have the workout of a lifetime today:) Let’s get busy….

Still breathing? Pretty spectacular don’t you think? LOVE their aesthetic. If you want to see more click here to visit their website. I so enjoyed putting this post together….and hope you enjoyed seeing it. Thanks as always for stopping in and wishing you a wonderful day!

Don’t forget my “Fall fabulous” photo contest? is on as of yesterday. Send me your pictures of fall inspiration to theenchantedhome@gmail. com. Click here to see all the details, join in the fun!

And a reminder of my “Fabulous fall” picture contest, that is now on….be sure to send me your pictures!? I got in about 15 amazing pictures so far! Details below…..

“FALL FABULOUS” CONTEST DETAILS…..


From today until Oct. 2nd I am accepting pictures that represent what fall is to you.? It can be anything from how decorate your urns, to your front door, pictures of your kids or pets all decked out for fall, your favorite fall meal or decadent treat, a favorite fall outfit, a beautiful shot of foliage…whatever makes you happy about fall and what you think of when you hear “fall fabulous”.

I will then put all the pictures together and set up voting to take place over a certain number of days. I will then compile all the votes and announce a winner. I am going to be brainstorming for a fabulous prize, but assure you….it will be worth your while!

So don’t delay, get inspired and send in your pictures, I know how talented and inspiring you all are! Max. 2 pictures per entrant….pictures? can be emailed to? theenchantedhome@gmail.com. I can’t wait to get this off the ground!! PLEASE PUT FALL FABULOUS in the subject line. All pictures must be your own. Thanks for entering in advance 🙂

It’s all Greek to me!

Hello there! I have developed a serious Greek key crush. I am not sure how or when it started, but Mary as in Mary McDonald just might have something to do with that:) I love her style and abundant use of this very classic and elegant design motif. I have found myself drawn to many things featuring the Greek Key, and have purchased trim recently for pillows for both my living room and my bedroom. I am on a bit of a “Greek key” kick. How about you? Like it as well?

Today, a post all about how fabulous this motif looks in a variety of settings and styles. Whether in a traditional or modern home or something in between, it just works!? I have to say it’s such an elegant, clean and beautiful look….I think its here to stay! Hope you enjoy……..

?Greek key done to perfection, Rinfret

They always look fabulous in pillows…..in any color

?Even in very traditional room, Greek key offers up a modern, crisp detailing, Rinfret

?How about adding the Greek key to a lighting element for an extra kick……

?This is quite spectacular, a Greek key motif iron door…wow!

?Love the impact in an otherwise monochromatic room, the Greek key velvet is the perfect accent!

?Versace even gets the Greek key love…..

?Greek key always works in keeping a bathroom crisp and clean

And to show I practice what I preach two of the belljars I sell featuring the beautiful Greek key in my shop

?Love this elegant way to dress up a bathroom vanity, gorgeous! Cris Angsten Interiors

The wide Greek key tape has become a iconic design must have
?Gorgeous as a beautiful accent in this scrumptious bedroom, Rinfret
?LOVE the Greek key stenciled floors….so fabulous looking!
?Mary McDonald certainly knew what she was doing with this much talked about bedroom, gorgeous!

?Stunning in these chic end tables!
?So elegant as a design motif for this elegant stationery
?Lovely living room with Greek Key motif by Bradley Hughes
?Striking and dramatic dining room with bold Greek key detailing…..
Love the ultra wide tape used as a perfect accent in this fabulous room, Rinfret

?I love this table, its a subtle way to add a beautiful decorative element while keeping things still monochromatic, VT Interiors

And how amazing is this Greek key floor……wow! AD

?Mary McDonald designed this fabulous tonal room, amazing how that one Greek key element has such impact!
Even done as a subtle detailing, its quite beautiful!

?Really like this light and airy bedroom with the Greek key detailing on the linens, Sadie and Stella

?LOVE this settee with the neutral Greek key pillow, even in the most traditional settings, this motif is perfection!
These appliques have become really popular, a quick and easy way to dress up an old chest!
Love this beautiful setting and the fabulous Greek key coffee table, Tobi Fairely
?Gorgeous mirror!
To me, velvet and Greek key trim go together like peanut butter and jelly, sooooo pretty!!

?I also like the fact that Greek key can be easily mixed with other patterns and work beautifully

In clean crisp transitional spaces, Greek key works as beautifully as it does in more traditional ones.

Well…..what do you think? Ready to go Greek? Do you like the look of adding some kind of Greek motif to a room as much as I do? What is your favorite way to use it? Do tell! Thanks for stopping in, wishing you a fabulous day.

Don’t forget about the wonderful tole planter giveaway!! I will announce a winner on Thursday.? If you have not seen the new tole custom line I will be carrying, you must not miss it…click here for all details!?

It’s all Greek to me!

Hello there! I have developed a serious Greek key crush. I am not sure how or when it started, but Mary as in Mary McDonald just might have something to do with that:) I love her style and abundant use of this very classic and elegant design motif. I have found myself drawn to many things featuring the Greek Key, and have purchased trim recently for pillows for both my living room and my bedroom. I am on a bit of a “Greek key” kick. How about you? Like it as well?

Today, a post all about how fabulous this motif looks in a variety of settings and styles. Whether in a traditional or modern home or something in between, it just works!  I have to say it’s such an elegant, clean and beautiful look….I think its here to stay! Hope you enjoy……..

 Greek key done to perfection, Rinfret

They always look fabulous in pillows…..in any color

 Even in very traditional room, Greek key offers up a modern, crisp detailing, Rinfret

 How about adding the Greek key to a lighting element for an extra kick……

 This is quite spectacular, a Greek key motif iron door…wow!

 Love the impact in an otherwise monochromatic room, the Greek key velvet is the perfect accent!

 Versace even gets the Greek key love…..

 Greek key always works in keeping a bathroom crisp and clean

And to show I practice what I preach two of the belljars I sell featuring the beautiful Greek key in my shop

 Love this elegant way to dress up a bathroom vanity, gorgeous! Cris Angsten Interiors

The wide Greek key tape has become a iconic design must have
 Gorgeous as a beautiful accent in this scrumptious bedroom, Rinfret
 LOVE the Greek key stenciled floors….so fabulous looking!
 Mary McDonald certainly knew what she was doing with this much talked about bedroom, gorgeous!

 Stunning in these chic end tables!
 So elegant as a design motif for this elegant stationery
 Lovely living room with Greek Key motif by Bradley Hughes
 Striking and dramatic dining room with bold Greek key detailing…..
Love the ultra wide tape used as a perfect accent in this fabulous room, Rinfret

 I love this table, its a subtle way to add a beautiful decorative element while keeping things still monochromatic, VT Interiors

And how amazing is this Greek key floor……wow! AD

 Mary McDonald designed this fabulous tonal room, amazing how that one Greek key element has such impact!
Even done as a subtle detailing, its quite beautiful!

 Really like this light and airy bedroom with the Greek key detailing on the linens, Sadie and Stella

 LOVE this settee with the neutral Greek key pillow, even in the most traditional settings, this motif is perfection!
These appliques have become really popular, a quick and easy way to dress up an old chest!
Love this beautiful setting and the fabulous Greek key coffee table, Tobi Fairely
 Gorgeous mirror!
To me, velvet and Greek key trim go together like peanut butter and jelly, sooooo pretty!!

 I also like the fact that Greek key can be easily mixed with other patterns and work beautifully

In clean crisp transitional spaces, Greek key works as beautifully as it does in more traditional ones.

Well…..what do you think? Ready to go Greek? Do you like the look of adding some kind of Greek motif to a room as much as I do? What is your favorite way to use it? Do tell! Thanks for stopping in, wishing you a fabulous day.

Don’t forget about the wonderful tole planter giveaway!! I will announce a winner on Thursday.  If you have not seen the new tole custom line I will be carrying, you must not miss it…click here for all details