Late week musings…..

Hello, can’t believe it’s Friday. Having been away for part of the week, it really feels like it flew! Hope you are well and have had a good week. I will be out of town today but will hopefully be back with a post on Sunday, if not for sure Monday. Wishing you a fabulous spring weekend, let’s get started…….

My house. Everything is in bloom around here and I am loving it! The azaleas are magnificent in all their vivid pinks and reds, normally I am a “white flower” kind of gal but have to say I make an exception for these beauties…against the backdrop of the lush greenery coming into bloom, everything looks so pretty. I forgot just how beautiful spring is, have a look……..

This is my favorite spot on our property, an old pond/fountain (no longer in use) but we are restoring it. We kept the landscape just as it’s always been, mature and very lush…it truly feels like a little enchanted garden, and there is the original birdbath which we also kept in the same place, its a very special serene place……

The little “trail” that leads up to the house………..









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Great food. You can always count on me to come up with something good on this subject! If I wasn’t on a diet, this is what I would be attempting to make, how good does this look!!!!!!!! Visit the Greedy Gourmand here to get the lowdown on how to? make it……it’s as pretty as delicious I am sure!

The Mayflower Inn and Spa. Just in case you missed my post/review on my recent stay at this incredible place, you must visit the post, click here.

Artwork. I had sweet Jeanne of I dream of make up my logo, she is a very talented artist and she did a spectacular job. I had shared the completed work here last year but just recently got the original art and it is just so beautiful. Jeanne? had to take some time off due to a relative’s illness but hopefully she will be back in blogland soon, I know her presence has been missed greatly. I am so happy to have this beautiful artwork as a keepsake of her amazing talent.? Thanks again Jeanne!


Crests. I have such a “thing” for them….am always drawn to them. Was in an antique shop a few weeks ago in CT. and spotted this spectacular set of antique prints beautifully framed, so excited!! I needed to do a minor repair on them and they are back and ready to be hung! There are so many places I could put these……

Shop news. I am adding a bunch of new wonderful Staffordshire doggies to my shop. Dogs remain super popular and are just a wonderful decorative motif for virtually any kind of home. Some of these are bigger than some of my current ones and then I am adding some fabulous colors like orange, pink and red in the minis! Aren’t they beautiful! These will up for sale by the weekend.

Love this family of dogs……wonderful!

Love this family! 7 X 6.5 X 3?
Mini Staffordshires in fun colors, too cute…..

And this larger pair in orange…..
8.6 x 6 x 9
How cute are these (comes with one left and one right facing dog)? 8 x 5 x 11 (comes in 2 colorways)

And very excited about a few new exceptionally beautiful additions to the statuary line (I literally want one of everything)…..all of these as of today will be up in my online store! This line is just exceptoinal, and every item is offered in one of 6 finishes…the white moss (shown) being the most popular.

Adore this dog holding the basket of flowers, perfect for flanking a front door or on a patio 9 x 16 x 24
And this stunning planter shown on the garland pedestal, also both now listed (I have ordered this identical pair for myself)…….
And how beautiful is this for a garden, a trio of cherubs….love it!?? 19 x 19 x 23

And this beautiful? shell urn finial atop something or placed on the ground as a pair, very elegant, 8 x10 x 15

And this beautiful oversized acorn finial, beautiful atop something or as a pair by a door…14 x 14 x 29 (also comes in one size smaller)……..

22 x 7 x 30 Beautiful crest frieze

Cromel overdoor frieze…love this!! 32 x 18 x 4

So there you have it! That’s what new and exciting over here. What’s going on in your world? Do you have spring fever yet?? Hope the sun is shining over where you are and wishing you a wonderful day and end to your week. Be back soon……have a great weekend!

Late week musings…..

Hello, can’t believe it’s Friday. Having been away for part of the week, it really feels like it flew! Hope you are well and have had a good week. I will be out of town today but will hopefully be back with a post on Sunday, if not for sure Monday. Wishing you a fabulous spring weekend, let’s get started…….

My house. Everything is in bloom around here and I am loving it! The azaleas are magnificent in all their vivid pinks and reds, normally I am a “white flower” kind of gal but have to say I make an exception for these beauties…against the backdrop of the lush greenery coming into bloom, everything looks so pretty. I forgot just how beautiful spring is, have a look……..

This is my favorite spot on our property, an old pond/fountain (no longer in use) but we are restoring it. We kept the landscape just as it’s always been, mature and very lush…it truly feels like a little enchanted garden, and there is the original birdbath which we also kept in the same place, its a very special serene place……

The little “trail” that leads up to the house………..









 
Great food. You can always count on me to come up with something good on this subject! If I wasn’t on a diet, this is what I would be attempting to make, how good does this look!!!!!!!! Visit the Greedy Gourmand here to get the lowdown on how to  make it……it’s as pretty as delicious I am sure!

The Mayflower Inn and Spa. Just in case you missed my post/review on my recent stay at this incredible place, you must visit the post, click here.

Artwork. I had sweet Jeanne of I dream of make up my logo, she is a very talented artist and she did a spectacular job. I had shared the completed work here last year but just recently got the original art and it is just so beautiful. Jeanne  had to take some time off due to a relative’s illness but hopefully she will be back in blogland soon, I know her presence has been missed greatly. I am so happy to have this beautiful artwork as a keepsake of her amazing talent.  Thanks again Jeanne!


Crests. I have such a “thing” for them….am always drawn to them. Was in an antique shop a few weeks ago in CT. and spotted this spectacular set of antique prints beautifully framed, so excited!! I needed to do a minor repair on them and they are back and ready to be hung! There are so many places I could put these……

Shop news. I am adding a bunch of new wonderful Staffordshire doggies to my shop. Dogs remain super popular and are just a wonderful decorative motif for virtually any kind of home. Some of these are bigger than some of my current ones and then I am adding some fabulous colors like orange, pink and red in the minis! Aren’t they beautiful! These will up for sale by the weekend.

Love this family of dogs……wonderful!

Love this family! 7 X 6.5 X 3 
Mini Staffordshires in fun colors, too cute…..

And this larger pair in orange…..
8.6 x 6 x 9
How cute are these (comes with one left and one right facing dog)  8 x 5 x 11 (comes in 2 colorways)

And very excited about a few new exceptionally beautiful additions to the statuary line (I literally want one of everything)…..all of these as of today will be up in my online store! This line is just exceptoinal, and every item is offered in one of 6 finishes…the white moss (shown) being the most popular.

Adore this dog holding the basket of flowers, perfect for flanking a front door or on a patio 9 x 16 x 24
And this stunning planter shown on the garland pedestal, also both now listed (I have ordered this identical pair for myself)…….
And how beautiful is this for a garden, a trio of cherubs….love it!   19 x 19 x 23

And this beautiful  shell urn finial atop something or placed on the ground as a pair, very elegant, 8 x10 x 15

And this beautiful oversized acorn finial, beautiful atop something or as a pair by a door…14 x 14 x 29 (also comes in one size smaller)……..

22 x 7 x 30 Beautiful crest frieze

Cromel overdoor frieze…love this!! 32 x 18 x 4

So there you have it! That’s what new and exciting over here. What’s going on in your world? Do you have spring fever yet?  Hope the sun is shining over where you are and wishing you a wonderful day and end to your week. Be back soon……have a great weekend!

Random musings continued and better than ever!!!!!

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?? ****I want to quickly say thank you and I am sorry*****
Thank you SO MUCH for your INCREDIBLE support and FRIENDSHIP (that’s right friendship) that I was shown literally by the hundreds of emails and comments I received yesterday and today. I was BLOWN AWAY by the reaction of so many loyal followers and readers, to say I was touched to my core is an understatement. (and I bet she didn’t know what hit her)!! I was indeed very rattled, shaken and incredibly hurt to have received such a harsh comment but I have brushed myself off, realized its their problem not mine and will continue doing what I am doing EXACTLY the same way, only better!!!!! ( canned lights and all)
And I?am sorry for “wasting” an entire post on my rant. Wasting because that person is not worth my time and energy or yours, my respected and treasured readers and followers! ?I realize it might not have sat right with some of you and I sincerely apologize if you did not agree with that decision. But part of my blog is it being ?a truthful representation of who I am and frankly I just had to do it. It was important for me to address it in order to fully move on. ?Now that I have, it is time to carry on and time to have some fun!!!!!!!!!!! Back the the post I had posted yesterday…….

Happy Saturday morning to you…. its another random post, a little bit of this and a little bit of that and a few questions answered. This week has been hectic but VERY productive. Though I am extremely disappointed I will not be moving before Thanksgiving, my parents are coming up and just knowing we are really close to moving and starting to slowly box things up here around here makes it exciting and palpable. Its in the air and right now, that is good enough for me. Of course?I would prefer moving but the end is really in sight. We are tying up a lot of loose ends, the devil REALLY is in the details! ?Oh and GREAT news, got the marble for the island! Yippee, they come Tues. to template the island and with luck I will have the island completed within a week or two and then at last the kitchen will finally be done, except for the lanterns, small potatoes! So here we go with the randomness…….




First a few questions…..



1. What color are the cabinets in the laundry room??They are painted Benjamin Moore OC-14 and this color was enhanced with a taupe colored enhancer, we matched it up to Starks Slate II and did a very subtle taupe glaze over it.



2. What marble is in the kitchen? Calcutta gold select honed?



3. What are the carpets names and manufacturers? The light tan with the blue dots is Helios, pattern Rosemoor?in color Dega Hemp ?the woven med. and light carpet I do not have the sample for anymore so have to get back to you on that….the light tan plaid carpet is Helios, pattern Highland Cloth and color Thistle ?and finally the trellis beige and ivory in the guest is Glen Eden’s Simple Irresistible. They are all wool carpets.



4. Several commented about the outlets being placed in the baseboards which creates a cleaner look and makes the walls clutter free. Someone asked if this is to code or purely done for aesthetic reasons? It is total aesthetics, as so many of your keen eyes observed, it does in fact create a very clean feeling to the room and an uninterrupted expanse?of wall. Our builder does this often, and its in fact a great idea!



5. When are we moving in? Well…..this question has had many answers over the last year, and the most recent would have been before Thanksgiving but now I can almost safely say before Christmas. Not sure when and dont’ want to say because I am tired of saying it only to eat my words once again but God willing sometime within the next 2-3 weeks, fingers crossed!



6. Did we use the same paint color in all the bedrooms? We did, we tweaked Linen White, used it as a base but took a little of the yellow out, and for my sons room (the one with the light tan carpet with blue dots) used a light camel color, a few asked for that color and I promise I will have it for next weeks post.






OK, these are kind of over the top and some might even say unnecessary (but fun and so appropriate for a Chanel fan) and you have to admit they are really cute and there is some serious artistry behind these Chanel confections……amazing baked goods always blow me away, mostly because it is so out of my realm of what I am capable of doing!

Family room is well underway and this is really exciting news for me, spent a good part of the day on Thursday, finalizing fabrics and getting furniture ordered, got two large sofas in the navy striaed velvet, with?assorted pillows, two English armed club chairs in a “Ralph-y” herringbone tweed, two in a camel striae velvet with nail heads, one large square leather tufted ottoman, and a large slightly distressed French over sized cocktail table. Obviously we will still need much more with plenty of fill ins, but this is a great starting point and once this all arrives, we will be able to gauge how much more is needed and fill in from there. Below are a reminder of the fabrics and rug to give you an idea of the look we are going for and as luck would have it, my beloved dog pillows that I have owned for years, work beautifully with my palette!
This is the tufted leather ottoman, but we went with a more chestnut colored brown leather
My dog pillows! The colors are wacky here, some kind of setting on my phone!

I have always wanted to have a “slumber party” for a few of my closest friends, have them come over in their pj’s, we would whip up a great dinner together, and of course something decadent for dessert, watch a really great girly chic flick (with plenty of buttery popcorn, milk duds, hot tamales and Swedish fish) and make it a great girls nights, just like when we were kids minus the gossip, well maybe a little could be fun!! How fun would that be??? I really want to do that perhaps for my next birthday! I am one of those people who doesn’t have to be waited on hand and foot on my birthday, to me a gift is being able to give, and cook for my friends, just being in their company, laughing?and having fun is gift enough for me. Then the next morning I would whip up an old fashioned country breakfast, no holds barred and hand out these little “favors” as a little reminder of our fun party…..cute, huh?

Speaking?of food and friends, ?a friend just came back from a short trip to Chicago, said she hadn’t been there in years but that it was amazing, and was telling me how “food halls” are all the rage not only in Chicago but apparently are a future trend nationwide (I am very out of the loop on whats hip and big, contrary to her who knows everything on whats new and in) so she was telling me about the new?Foodease market in the Water Tower Place?which she was really impressed with and she just had to bring me back a little souvenir, feast your eyes on this, pistachio almond brickle with sea said….have you ever! How amazing does it look ?you ask…. it is EVEN better tasting, not a morsel left! This my dear friends, is one of those things where ?just one decadent bite warrants a trip to Lake Michigan….any takers on a bloggers conference at Foodease? 🙂
Moving right along onto non food related items! I am finalizing the lighting for hubby’s bathroom Monday morning, all of these are in stock ( a first for me). The double sconces for above his tub, the lantern for when you walk into his bathroom, and the single sconces for his vanity. ?So, you will see two sets, sets A. and B. I am leaning towards one of them, curious to what you like….and then ditto for the lanterns. These are all in polished nickel. All from Visual Comfort. Thoughts and you choices?
SET A.

SET B.

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Then I decided to go for something a little more girly and feminine for the hardware for my bathroom….why not, its the one space in the whole house that is entirely my own, so why not live it up and go all out feminine? So I ordered these pretty knobs…hopefully they are as pretty in person as they are in the picture. Also got this hardware from Anthropologie which I love but its much bigger in person than I realized so it doesn’t work for my bathroom but am determined to use it somewhere, perhaps my closet? What do you think about these?

Moving right along…so you know the onyx floor you liked a lot yesterday? The reason that bathroom is not done is that they messed up on the border, it wasn’t entirely their fault it was also the fact that I was having a hard time “realizing my vision” for lack of a better word but at last its in the works well kind of. ?Don’t ask it was a debacle. We are fixing it. This is the wallpaper we are using in that room, it will be great looking when its all said and done and here is the vanity chest we are making into a vanity cabinet, just so you get “the vibe” of what we are doing in there, its a very small bathroom but very cozy and elegant.

I know, I know we are back to food..sorry, this one I just wouldn’t resist and where else but one of my random posts to throw this in! ?I think I may need to start a new blog solely devoted to food….but had to show this one adorable picture. How cute his this! A cupcake burger. Genius. And easy!! Take a cupcake, slice it in two…fill it with icing and “the fixings” and top with other half or “the bun”….how great is this! Now this is my kind of BBQ!

The great thing, well one of the great things about blogging is the connections and friendships you make along the way. Frankly almost 10 months ago when I started, I didn’t realize this was part of the deal and what a wonderful perk it is. Case in point…..I had a picture of a wonderful fig tart but couldnt’ remember where I found it but loved it. Posted it on Thurs. post. Many of you commented. Kathysue from Good life of design wrote me that I may have seen it on a post she did and sure enough she was right and on top of that was kind enough to dig up the link to where she found the original recipe….I am so excited! I mean its ambitious for someone like me, a non baker but I am going to be attempting this for Christmas, and I pledge to you, pass or fail I will blog about it. I am thinking I may go for the mini’s…so pretty! ?Here is the link, and how gorgeous are these pictures…drool! ?THANK YOU KATHYSUE!

Well, that’s about it for my randomness today. I have lots of errands to get busy doing….its been so cold here lately. Today with an afternoon all to myself, at last, I need to start thinking about Thanksgiving. Its not going to be very glamorous, many things are packed, this house is somewhat out of order and physically I am here but mentally I am in my new house, but we will make the most of it and be thankful to be together as a family.?
I pledge to do something for someone needy every holiday, sometimes its a fairly big thing (relatively speaking) sometimes its a small gesture. I think a lot of us, at times myself included, think “whats my one contribution going to do”, but the truth is if we ALL contribute something it all adds up, there are so many amazing?organizations to support, which you choose is highly personal but I hope you too might consider helping out a needy person or family during the holidays, a time when so many families suffer and are not able to provide the simple basic needs that many of us often take for granted. I like sitting down to my dinner table at Thanksgiving knowing I helped to make a needy families’ Thanksgiving perhaps a little more joyous. What might be a small gesture to me or you could be a life changing day for another family. If we can all sit down knowing we each helped one family, that is a pretty powerful and beautiful thing. ?Thank you, wishing you a wonderful day.

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Random musings continued and better than ever!!!!!

               
   ****I want to quickly say thank you and I am sorry*****
Thank you SO MUCH for your INCREDIBLE support and FRIENDSHIP (that’s right friendship) that I was shown literally by the hundreds of emails and comments I received yesterday and today. I was BLOWN AWAY by the reaction of so many loyal followers and readers, to say I was touched to my core is an understatement. (and I bet she didn’t know what hit her)!! I was indeed very rattled, shaken and incredibly hurt to have received such a harsh comment but I have brushed myself off, realized its their problem not mine and will continue doing what I am doing EXACTLY the same way, only better!!!!! ( canned lights and all)
And I am sorry for “wasting” an entire post on my rant. Wasting because that person is not worth my time and energy or yours, my respected and treasured readers and followers!  I realize it might not have sat right with some of you and I sincerely apologize if you did not agree with that decision. But part of my blog is it being  a truthful representation of who I am and frankly I just had to do it. It was important for me to address it in order to fully move on.  Now that I have, it is time to carry on and time to have some fun!!!!!!!!!!! Back the the post I had posted yesterday…….

Happy Saturday morning to you…. its another random post, a little bit of this and a little bit of that and a few questions answered. This week has been hectic but VERY productive. Though I am extremely disappointed I will not be moving before Thanksgiving, my parents are coming up and just knowing we are really close to moving and starting to slowly box things up here around here makes it exciting and palpable. Its in the air and right now, that is good enough for me. Of course I would prefer moving but the end is really in sight. We are tying up a lot of loose ends, the devil REALLY is in the details!  Oh and GREAT news, got the marble for the island! Yippee, they come Tues. to template the island and with luck I will have the island completed within a week or two and then at last the kitchen will finally be done, except for the lanterns, small potatoes! So here we go with the randomness…….

First a few questions…..

1. What color are the cabinets in the laundry room? They are painted Benjamin Moore OC-14 and this color was enhanced with a taupe colored enhancer, we matched it up to Starks Slate II and did a very subtle taupe glaze over it.

2. What marble is in the kitchen? Calcutta gold select honed 

3. What are the carpets names and manufacturers? The light tan with the blue dots is Helios, pattern Rosemoor in color Dega Hemp  the woven med. and light carpet I do not have the sample for anymore so have to get back to you on that….the light tan plaid carpet is Helios, pattern Highland Cloth and color Thistle  and finally the trellis beige and ivory in the guest is Glen Eden’s Simple Irresistible. They are all wool carpets.

4. Several commented about the outlets being placed in the baseboards which creates a cleaner look and makes the walls clutter free. Someone asked if this is to code or purely done for aesthetic reasons? It is total aesthetics, as so many of your keen eyes observed, it does in fact create a very clean feeling to the room and an uninterrupted expanse of wall. Our builder does this often, and its in fact a great idea!

5. When are we moving in? Well…..this question has had many answers over the last year, and the most recent would have been before Thanksgiving but now I can almost safely say before Christmas. Not sure when and dont’ want to say because I am tired of saying it only to eat my words once again but God willing sometime within the next 2-3 weeks, fingers crossed!

6. Did we use the same paint color in all the bedrooms? We did, we tweaked Linen White, used it as a base but took a little of the yellow out, and for my sons room (the one with the light tan carpet with blue dots) used a light camel color, a few asked for that color and I promise I will have it for next weeks post.


OK, these are kind of over the top and some might even say unnecessary (but fun and so appropriate for a Chanel fan) and you have to admit they are really cute and there is some serious artistry behind these Chanel confections……amazing baked goods always blow me away, mostly because it is so out of my realm of what I am capable of doing!

Family room is well underway and this is really exciting news for me, spent a good part of the day on Thursday, finalizing fabrics and getting furniture ordered, got two large sofas in the navy striaed velvet, with assorted pillows, two English armed club chairs in a “Ralph-y” herringbone tweed, two in a camel striae velvet with nail heads, one large square leather tufted ottoman, and a large slightly distressed French over sized cocktail table. Obviously we will still need much more with plenty of fill ins, but this is a great starting point and once this all arrives, we will be able to gauge how much more is needed and fill in from there. Below are a reminder of the fabrics and rug to give you an idea of the look we are going for and as luck would have it, my beloved dog pillows that I have owned for years, work beautifully with my palette!
This is the tufted leather ottoman, but we went with a more chestnut colored brown leather
My dog pillows! The colors are wacky here, some kind of setting on my phone!

I have always wanted to have a “slumber party” for a few of my closest friends, have them come over in their pj’s, we would whip up a great dinner together, and of course something decadent for dessert, watch a really great girly chic flick (with plenty of buttery popcorn, milk duds, hot tamales and Swedish fish) and make it a great girls nights, just like when we were kids minus the gossip, well maybe a little could be fun!! How fun would that be??? I really want to do that perhaps for my next birthday! I am one of those people who doesn’t have to be waited on hand and foot on my birthday, to me a gift is being able to give, and cook for my friends, just being in their company, laughing and having fun is gift enough for me. Then the next morning I would whip up an old fashioned country breakfast, no holds barred and hand out these little “favors” as a little reminder of our fun party…..cute, huh?

Speaking of food and friends,  a friend just came back from a short trip to Chicago, said she hadn’t been there in years but that it was amazing, and was telling me how “food halls” are all the rage not only in Chicago but apparently are a future trend nationwide (I am very out of the loop on whats hip and big, contrary to her who knows everything on whats new and in) so she was telling me about the new Foodease market in the Water Tower Place which she was really impressed with and she just had to bring me back a little souvenir, feast your eyes on this, pistachio almond brickle with sea said….have you ever! How amazing does it look  you ask…. it is EVEN better tasting, not a morsel left! This my dear friends, is one of those things where  just one decadent bite warrants a trip to Lake Michigan….any takers on a bloggers conference at Foodease? 🙂
Moving right along onto non food related items! I am finalizing the lighting for hubby’s bathroom Monday morning, all of these are in stock ( a first for me). The double sconces for above his tub, the lantern for when you walk into his bathroom, and the single sconces for his vanity.  So, you will see two sets, sets A. and B. I am leaning towards one of them, curious to what you like….and then ditto for the lanterns. These are all in polished nickel. All from Visual Comfort. Thoughts and you choices?
SET A.

SET B.

                                                                  LANTERN 1

                                                                 

                                                               LANTERN 2

Then I decided to go for something a little more girly and feminine for the hardware for my bathroom….why not, its the one space in the whole house that is entirely my own, so why not live it up and go all out feminine? So I ordered these pretty knobs…hopefully they are as pretty in person as they are in the picture. Also got this hardware from Anthropologie which I love but its much bigger in person than I realized so it doesn’t work for my bathroom but am determined to use it somewhere, perhaps my closet? What do you think about these?

Moving right along…so you know the onyx floor you liked a lot yesterday? The reason that bathroom is not done is that they messed up on the border, it wasn’t entirely their fault it was also the fact that I was having a hard time “realizing my vision” for lack of a better word but at last its in the works well kind of.  Don’t ask it was a debacle. We are fixing it. This is the wallpaper we are using in that room, it will be great looking when its all said and done and here is the vanity chest we are making into a vanity cabinet, just so you get “the vibe” of what we are doing in there, its a very small bathroom but very cozy and elegant.

I know, I know we are back to food..sorry, this one I just wouldn’t resist and where else but one of my random posts to throw this in!  I think I may need to start a new blog solely devoted to food….but had to show this one adorable picture. How cute his this! A cupcake burger. Genius. And easy!! Take a cupcake, slice it in two…fill it with icing and “the fixings” and top with other half or “the bun”….how great is this! Now this is my kind of BBQ!

The great thing, well one of the great things about blogging is the connections and friendships you make along the way. Frankly almost 10 months ago when I started, I didn’t realize this was part of the deal and what a wonderful perk it is. Case in point…..I had a picture of a wonderful fig tart but couldnt’ remember where I found it but loved it. Posted it on Thurs. post. Many of you commented. Kathysue from Good life of design wrote me that I may have seen it on a post she did and sure enough she was right and on top of that was kind enough to dig up the link to where she found the original recipe….I am so excited! I mean its ambitious for someone like me, a non baker but I am going to be attempting this for Christmas, and I pledge to you, pass or fail I will blog about it. I am thinking I may go for the mini’s…so pretty!  Here is the link, and how gorgeous are these pictures…drool!  THANK YOU KATHYSUE!

Well, that’s about it for my randomness today. I have lots of errands to get busy doing….its been so cold here lately. Today with an afternoon all to myself, at last, I need to start thinking about Thanksgiving. Its not going to be very glamorous, many things are packed, this house is somewhat out of order and physically I am here but mentally I am in my new house, but we will make the most of it and be thankful to be together as a family. 
I pledge to do something for someone needy every holiday, sometimes its a fairly big thing (relatively speaking) sometimes its a small gesture. I think a lot of us, at times myself included, think “whats my one contribution going to do”, but the truth is if we ALL contribute something it all adds up, there are so many amazing organizations to support, which you choose is highly personal but I hope you too might consider helping out a needy person or family during the holidays, a time when so many families suffer and are not able to provide the simple basic needs that many of us often take for granted. I like sitting down to my dinner table at Thanksgiving knowing I helped to make a needy families’ Thanksgiving perhaps a little more joyous. What might be a small gesture to me or you could be a life changing day for another family. If we can all sit down knowing we each helped one family, that is a pretty powerful and beautiful thing.  Thank you, wishing you a wonderful day.

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Things I am loving Fridays…and house updates!!

Good morning!?Back and ready for anything. Feel recharged after a few days at the beach and I am ready to take on the big job that lies ahead to meet our inspection date on Aug.22nd. I cannot say enough how completely restorative and therapeutic being by the ocean is. I stayed in a beautiful home which certainly helps but being right next to the ocean, having natures lullaby, the oceans waves putting me easily to sleep and waking up to the glistening Atlantic ?is just incredible. It feels so natural to me too ?(I did spend much of my childhood in California and Hawaii). It was very timely as ?the stress level has been off the charts for me, so this was really what the doctor ordered!

On a side note, can you?imagine my delight, and sheer excitement over signing into Feedburner and discovering that I have 1002 subscribers! HOLY MOLY…how did that happen? I remember jumping over the moon when I reached 10, then it was 100 and dare I wish for that great big triple digit number of 500? But 1000? Seriously? I am humbled beyond words and so delighted that there are 1000 people in this great vast world of ours that think highly enough of me and my blog to want to get my daily updates and posts. This I promise my friends, will keep my adrenaline going for some time now and I will work hard to keep delivering!! Many thanks!!

Now onto the lucky winners of Phyllis Hoffman’s exquisite books Gracious Table and Gracious Spaces, congratulations to:

Winners (2)
1st: pretty pink tulips

2nd: cristin simplifiedbee
Please contact me via email so that I can get your mailing info and get these right out to you..enjoy!

Now onto what I am loving this week and house updates. First we start with?the house and whats happened this week, I got there at dusk so had limited light but think most of the pictures are fairly clear. I will be sure to include some beach photos in the coming days, as some of them are just so pretty and worth sharing!



HOUSE UPDATES. Kitchen is starting to really shape up, its really looking like an official kitchen! The island came and was humorously referred to by some of the guys working in the house as the “continent” not the island, its really long 12 feet long…but is in proportion with the kitchen, and I love love love the black. The boxes have been in and slowly they have been working hard to add the many “layers” that make the kitchen beautiful, all the little moldings, tow kicks, dental moldings,etc…we should be done in about a week or so. Its a long process to install a kitchen. Gutters getting installed, I have finally included some pictures of both the front facade and the back, as many have requested because though not totally done, it is getting there, the main part we are still missing is the limestone front door surround and the front door but other than that’s its pretty much complete, also we have a wrought iron balcony going on the top right window. Floors continue to get done, back stair is done,staining on all the woodworking has officially started so clearly much is happening. Think the pictures will do a better job at illustrating……

Starting to really look like a house! Courtyard is getting put in….
Side entrance from basement side finished!
Gutters started getting put in, they are lead coated copper
Powder room floor
Back hall railing done…..yippee!!
Love way it came out
Powder room, partially covered but you get the idea
It was getting dark, but the island is in! So excited to see it come together

Family room done except for fireplace which we are waiting for and staining of wood
Breakfast room, is in process of getting stained
First base coat of stain then they start adding the “lime” effect then the glaze and a final coat
Looking into kitchen from family room

My vanity came in (the base) it has to still be painted this is just a primer
Tub surround (first part getting installed)
Shower surround love the marble molding that frames the shower door
Husbands vanity came in, love it…still has to get stained this is just in it natural state

Living room floors are done but just waiting for stain

Gutters being put in all over the house

Those little details on each side of the dormer got done

Finally the back of the house is pretty much done except for the finials on the roof

Now we await the stone surround for the front and wrought iron above it but getting there!

FIGS. Something simple, cheap, accessible (now is?the season) and oh soooo good!! I love figs and would love to eventually plant a fig tree, it would be like the gift that keeps on giving. I love them fresh from the farm stand and I also love a salad I discovered last year and make often, it is THAT good….then had this incredible brie with figs and almonds that was so amazingly delicious, so if either of these sound appealing….you might want to give them a whirl!



ARUGULA AND FIG SALAD

  • 8 black mission or Capay candy-striped figs, quartered
  • 6 oz. organic arugula, stems removed
  • 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Juice of 1 tangerine or mandarin orange
  • ? teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Kosher or sea salt and cracked black pepper to taste
  • 7 oz. goat cheese or gorgonzola, crumbled (or you can use feta)

Preparation

In bowl, mix together olive oil, citrus juice, salt, pepper and cayenne until well blended.

Arrange arugula on plate and spread quartered figs on top. Scatter cheese over the salad and? top with a drizzle of the dressing.



And…..



FIGS AND TOASTED ALMOND BRIE

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 6 fresh figs, stemmed and quartered
  • 1 (14 ounce) round 4 1/4-inch diameter round Brie cheese
  • 1/2 cup toasted almonds
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 C).
  2. Heat brown sugar and water in a small saucepan over medium heat until sugar is completely dissolved. Add figs and vanilla, and cook until softened, about 10 minutes. Stir in almonds and vanilla. Place brie wheel in a baking dish, and pour fig mixture over the top.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven for 10 to 15 minutes, or until softened but not melted.?
  4. Serve with water crackers.



CALACUTTA GOLD MARBLE. I am so in love with this marble but have gone through serious sticker shock in the last few weeks. I have traipsed the tri state area, with a good friend also looking for great looking Calacutta gold slabs, when we finally found it, we were tickled pink! Then when I proceeded to open the email with the estimate, and the supplier starts with?and I quote “hope you are sitting down so as not to hit your head when you faint’. Need I say more?

There is plenty out there but the really good stuff is at a crazy premium, its all about supply and demand and unfortunately there is not a lot of really great looking premium slabs. The ones that I found that I really love are below. Anyone want to give me my marble countertops for a housewarming gift? LOL………

CHELSEA TEXTILES. Love this company’s gorgeous traditional fabrics and some of?their Gustavian furniture is over the top beautiful. I love the elegant old world feel of their fabrics, which are recreated from original English and French 17th, 18th and 20th century designs that are embroidered on natural linen fabric. and could easily find a spot in my home for these bench’s, small chests, and tables. What do you think? Click here to visit their website.
Really love this bench!

Great chair for a sitting room in a master

I love this for the end of a bed

So thats what I am loving this week…..how about you? What is exciting you? Discover anything you want to share? Would love to know! Wishing you a fabulous Friday and a great start to the weekend!

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Things I am loving Fridays…and house updates!!

Good morning! Back and ready for anything. Feel recharged after a few days at the beach and I am ready to take on the big job that lies ahead to meet our inspection date on Aug.22nd. I cannot say enough how completely restorative and therapeutic being by the ocean is. I stayed in a beautiful home which certainly helps but being right next to the ocean, having natures lullaby, the oceans waves putting me easily to sleep and waking up to the glistening Atlantic  is just incredible. It feels so natural to me too  (I did spend much of my childhood in California and Hawaii). It was very timely as  the stress level has been off the charts for me, so this was really what the doctor ordered!

On a side note, can you imagine my delight, and sheer excitement over signing into Feedburner and discovering that I have 1002 subscribers! HOLY MOLY…how did that happen? I remember jumping over the moon when I reached 10, then it was 100 and dare I wish for that great big triple digit number of 500? But 1000? Seriously? I am humbled beyond words and so delighted that there are 1000 people in this great vast world of ours that think highly enough of me and my blog to want to get my daily updates and posts. This I promise my friends, will keep my adrenaline going for some time now and I will work hard to keep delivering!! Many thanks!!

Now onto the lucky winners of Phyllis Hoffman’s exquisite books Gracious Table and Gracious Spaces, congratulations to:

Winners (2)
1st: pretty pink tulips

2nd: cristin simplifiedbee
Please contact me via email so that I can get your mailing info and get these right out to you..enjoy!

Now onto what I am loving this week and house updates. First we start with the house and whats happened this week, I got there at dusk so had limited light but think most of the pictures are fairly clear. I will be sure to include some beach photos in the coming days, as some of them are just so pretty and worth sharing!

HOUSE UPDATES. Kitchen is starting to really shape up, its really looking like an official kitchen! The island came and was humorously referred to by some of the guys working in the house as the “continent” not the island, its really long 12 feet long…but is in proportion with the kitchen, and I love love love the black. The boxes have been in and slowly they have been working hard to add the many “layers” that make the kitchen beautiful, all the little moldings, tow kicks, dental moldings,etc…we should be done in about a week or so. Its a long process to install a kitchen. Gutters getting installed, I have finally included some pictures of both the front facade and the back, as many have requested because though not totally done, it is getting there, the main part we are still missing is the limestone front door surround and the front door but other than that’s its pretty much complete, also we have a wrought iron balcony going on the top right window. Floors continue to get done, back stair is done,staining on all the woodworking has officially started so clearly much is happening. Think the pictures will do a better job at illustrating……

Starting to really look like a house! Courtyard is getting put in….
Side entrance from basement side finished!
Gutters started getting put in, they are lead coated copper
Powder room floor
Back hall railing done…..yippee!!
Love way it came out
Powder room, partially covered but you get the idea
It was getting dark, but the island is in! So excited to see it come together

Family room done except for fireplace which we are waiting for and staining of wood
Breakfast room, is in process of getting stained
First base coat of stain then they start adding the “lime” effect then the glaze and a final coat
Looking into kitchen from family room

My vanity came in (the base) it has to still be painted this is just a primer
Tub surround (first part getting installed)
Shower surround love the marble molding that frames the shower door
Husbands vanity came in, love it…still has to get stained this is just in it natural state

Living room floors are done but just waiting for stain

Gutters being put in all over the house

Those little details on each side of the dormer got done

Finally the back of the house is pretty much done except for the finials on the roof

Now we await the stone surround for the front and wrought iron above it but getting there!

FIGS. Something simple, cheap, accessible (now is the season) and oh soooo good!! I love figs and would love to eventually plant a fig tree, it would be like the gift that keeps on giving. I love them fresh from the farm stand and I also love a salad I discovered last year and make often, it is THAT good….then had this incredible brie with figs and almonds that was so amazingly delicious, so if either of these sound appealing….you might want to give them a whirl!

ARUGULA AND FIG SALAD

  • 8 black mission or Capay candy-striped figs, quartered
  • 6 oz. organic arugula, stems removed
  • 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Juice of 1 tangerine or mandarin orange
  • ? teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Kosher or sea salt and cracked black pepper to taste
  • 7 oz. goat cheese or gorgonzola, crumbled (or you can use feta)

Preparation

In bowl, mix together olive oil, citrus juice, salt, pepper and cayenne until well blended.

Arrange arugula on plate and spread quartered figs on top. Scatter cheese over the salad and  top with a drizzle of the dressing.

And…..

FIGS AND TOASTED ALMOND BRIE

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 6 fresh figs, stemmed and quartered
  • 1 (14 ounce) round 4 1/4-inch diameter round Brie cheese
  • 1/2 cup toasted almonds
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 C).
  2. Heat brown sugar and water in a small saucepan over medium heat until sugar is completely dissolved. Add figs and vanilla, and cook until softened, about 10 minutes. Stir in almonds and vanilla. Place brie wheel in a baking dish, and pour fig mixture over the top.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven for 10 to 15 minutes, or until softened but not melted. 
  4. Serve with water crackers.


CALACUTTA GOLD MARBLE. I am so in love with this marble but have gone through serious sticker shock in the last few weeks. I have traipsed the tri state area, with a good friend also looking for great looking Calacutta gold slabs, when we finally found it, we were tickled pink! Then when I proceeded to open the email with the estimate, and the supplier starts with and I quote “hope you are sitting down so as not to hit your head when you faint’. Need I say more?
There is plenty out there but the really good stuff is at a crazy premium, its all about supply and demand and unfortunately there is not a lot of really great looking premium slabs. The ones that I found that I really love are below. Anyone want to give me my marble countertops for a housewarming gift? LOL………

CHELSEA TEXTILES. Love this company’s gorgeous traditional fabrics and some of their Gustavian furniture is over the top beautiful. I love the elegant old world feel of their fabrics, which are recreated from original English and French 17th, 18th and 20th century designs that are embroidered on natural linen fabric. and could easily find a spot in my home for these bench’s, small chests, and tables. What do you think? Click here to visit their website.
Really love this bench!

Great chair for a sitting room in a master

I love this for the end of a bed

So thats what I am loving this week…..how about you? What is exciting you? Discover anything you want to share? Would love to know! Wishing you a fabulous Friday and a great start to the weekend!

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