A few recent house updates…..

Hi there and happy Tuesday evening….taking a much needed coffee break, just came in from being out.  We are in a deep freeze. It is almost too cold to go out. It takes every ounce of energy and perseverance for me to venture outside….yes, it’s that cold. Hoping for an early thaw….please!!

I realize I haven’t done any updates on my home in quite a while. But don’t let the quiet fool you:) I have been quite busy behind the scenes. The single most exciting thing of all is my bedroom. I am beyond excited over how its coming out. I want to give the full reveal when it is totally done but did include a few “sneak peeks”. Also small things here and there going, on and thought it warranted a small house updates post.

Other big news (I say it tongue in check) is that I joined Instagram! Woo hoo. Alert the presses. Now my friends can finally stop  making fun of me. True, I am still rather clueless as to how it all works or what the point even is but I am trying hard to think outside the box in 2014 and vowed to try a bunch of new things this year. So if you have any remote desire whatsoever to see whats on my Instagram, you can find me under you guessed it…..theenchantedhome (all one word) . I am not going to promise that it’s going to be that exciting as I have NO idea what I am doing, but I do promise to do my best:) I am staring sloooooow so bear with me please.

These were all taken with my iPhone so pardon the quality on a few…..camera was out of commission

So come on in……..

A few snippets of my bedroom. It is shaping up and shaping up fast but I want to wait until every last little item is in place. So far however my vision of what  a bedroom should be has come to life. I absolutely love it….

Loving my new slipper chairs….and remember this fabric? Well turns out it was the perfect choice!

I am not done with this arrangement but it’s getting there!
And of course my most favorite lamps in the world!!
And the trim I hemmed and hawed over….well it finally got here!

FINALLY getting this small powder room off of the library done! I got the floors finished, the toilet is in, this is an old chest we are using for the vanity, just waiting for the new countertop. I found these wonderful sconces and brackets at a local consignment shop and using this wallpaper that I have had set aside since before we even moved in! I still love it so its been ordered!!

 Love the floor! It’s a mess though, don’t ask what a painting is doing in the floor there, it’s become a bit of a storage closet:)

 The chest that will be the vanity, its not my all time fave but we own it so we are using it. Just waiting on the countertop (matches the floor)

 Do love these black tole chinoiserie sconces I found and will be using in here……
 The gorgeous wallpaper, still love it after all these years! Put your hands over that green countertop and you will get the idea:)

 I think the floor is really pretty…its honey onyx, that I had cut into 2 x12’s and did as a chevron/herringbone pattern

I was tired of seeing the red poinsettias tress on my island. It was perfect for Christmas and at the rate I was going, I guess I could have left them up for Valentines Day since they are red:) But I wanted to feel some spring so added my pink cherry blossoms to these new blue and whites and I must say I love it. It feels so wonderful walking into my kitchen and totally belies the fact that there is ice crusted snow everywhere outside…oh well once can dream:)

And speaking of the kitchen, I love the way the bright yellows of lemons and green of limes looks in blue and white…its uplifting given the dark gloomy days of winter we are having!

And since we are in my kitchen, how gorgeous is this copper pot my sister gave me for my birthday? She does know me well……

Bought this beautiful pair of black tole lanterns to put in two small hallway vestibules upstairs. I like the simplicity and shape.

And added this belljar to a small vestibule between my bedroom and closet. You  know I looooove my belljars:)

I have been finding the prettiest antique decanters lately. Look at these, they are antique Baccarat with the sterling liquor  name plates…gorgeous!

We have been starting to look at flooring for our basement. I am amazed at what they are doing with tiles! We want a maintenance free tile that looks like wood. I am leaning towards those ashy colored light to med. woods..they are so soothing and pretty. Amazing!

 It is so hard to believe these are porcelain tiles and not wood!

Now that the holidays are over, I am going back to the drawing board on a number of projects, with the bedroom and my dining room being two of the most important. Still tweaking but getting closer every day to the final background color of the gorgeous chinoiserie which I know will transform the space…..

And have had these really large chunky white ginger jars for a while (was going to carry them) but they are so darn big and heavy. So instead of sitting in storage I took them out and put them on the pale green French console in the upstairs hallway and I love the way they look, so fresh and crisp! I am going to add something to the center, just not sure what. I will probably refer back to my post from yesterday on accentuating with accessories!

Put in this gorgeous new lantern finally in our back stair hall…really pretty piece!

I think I have finally figured out the secret to keeping orchids alive well and super long lasting. Cool, cool cool rooms. This one is in one of the coolest areas of our house and this thing looks as beautiful as it did the day I got it over two months ago….still going strong! Very little water also (maybe once every 10 days)

Yes my Christmas tree FINALLY got taken down 3 days ago, my big soldiers are next in line:)

Another one still going strong that I now moved to a cooler spot

Just starting to get my orders in for the Annabell Ingall totes so if you are one of the ones waiting…..things are starting to ship out this week. Every time I see a new color/variation, I want one (it’s a bit of a problem).  I mean how many bags does a girl need? Nevermind, you don’t have to answer that:)  They are all so gorgeous….

 Sky and Cherry totes (med and large)

                                     This is a great neutral,new color String in the new style, Coco

A few important things……

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway for this magnificent bowl courtesy of Bonny Neiman! Click here for details. I will announce a lucky winner on Friday morning.

Also accepting pictures of your kitchens for about another week for my KITCHEN LOVE contest! If you think your kitchen has what it takes and is “contest ready”…….send it in! Details below….

My new contest is called Kitchen Love. A subject near and dear to our hearts, the heart of the home. Send in your pictures of your kitchen or it can be a snippet of your kitchen, something that makes your kitchen special and beautifully yours. I cannot wait to start getting the entries! Rules are-

Max. two pictures per entrant
They must be your pictures (not taken off the internet)
Please send your pictures to theenchantedhome@gmail.com
You must put Kitchen Love in subject line to insure it is received and included
I am accepting pictures as of today and the deadline is Feb. 8th
The contest will begin Feb. 10th and run for two days.
The lucky winner will receive a beautiful large Spanish olive tray, a gorgeous addition to any kitchen.
Thank you for stopping in. Hope all is well with you….talk to you soon! Stay warm:)

A few recent house updates…..

Hi there and happy Tuesday evening….taking a much needed coffee break, just came in from being out.? We are in a deep freeze. It is almost too cold to go out. It takes every ounce of energy and perseverance for me to venture outside….yes, it’s that cold. Hoping for an early thaw….please!!

I realize I haven’t done any updates on my home in quite a while. But don’t let the quiet fool you:) I have been quite busy behind the scenes. The single most exciting thing of all is my bedroom. I am beyond excited over how its coming out. I want to give the full reveal when it is totally done but did include a few “sneak peeks”. Also small things here and there going, on and thought it warranted a small house updates post.

Other big news (I say it tongue in check) is that I joined Instagram! Woo hoo. Alert the presses. Now my friends can finally stop? making fun of me. True, I am still rather clueless as to how it all works or what the point even is but I am trying hard to think outside the box in 2014 and vowed to try a bunch of new things this year. So if you have any remote desire whatsoever to see whats on my Instagram, you can find me under you guessed it…..theenchantedhome (all one word) . I am not going to promise that it’s going to be that exciting as I have NO idea what I am doing, but I do promise to do my best:) I am staring sloooooow so bear with me please.

These were all taken with my iPhone so pardon the quality on a few…..camera was out of commission

So come on in……..

A few snippets of my bedroom. It is shaping up and shaping up fast but I want to wait until every last little item is in place. So far however my vision of what? a bedroom should be has come to life. I absolutely love it….

Loving my new slipper chairs….and remember this fabric? Well turns out it was the perfect choice!

I am not done with this arrangement but it’s getting there!
And of course my most favorite lamps in the world!!
And the trim I hemmed and hawed over….well it finally got here!

FINALLY getting this small powder room off of the library done! I got the floors finished, the toilet is in, this is an old chest we are using for the vanity, just waiting for the new countertop. I found these wonderful sconces and brackets at a local consignment shop and using this wallpaper that I have had set aside since before we even moved in! I still love it so its been ordered!!

?Love the floor! It’s a mess though, don’t ask what a painting is doing in the floor there, it’s become a bit of a storage closet:)

?The chest that will be the vanity, its not my all time fave but we own it so we are using it. Just waiting on the countertop (matches the floor)

?Do love these black tole chinoiserie sconces I found and will be using in here……
?The gorgeous wallpaper, still love it after all these years! Put your hands over that green countertop and you will get the idea:)

?I think the floor is really pretty…its honey onyx, that I had cut into 2 x12’s and did as a chevron/herringbone pattern

I was tired of seeing the red poinsettias tress on my island. It was perfect for Christmas and at the rate I was going, I guess I could have left them up for Valentines Day since they are red:) But I wanted to feel some spring so added my pink cherry blossoms to these new blue and whites and I must say I love it. It feels so wonderful walking into my kitchen and totally belies the fact that there is ice crusted snow everywhere outside…oh well once can dream:)

And speaking of the kitchen, I love the way the bright yellows of lemons and green of limes looks in blue and white…its uplifting given the dark gloomy days of winter we are having!

And since we are in my kitchen, how gorgeous is this copper pot my sister gave me for my birthday? She does know me well……

Bought this beautiful pair of black tole lanterns to put in two small hallway vestibules upstairs. I like the simplicity and shape.

And added this belljar to a small vestibule between my bedroom and closet. You? know I looooove my belljars:)

I have been finding the prettiest antique decanters lately. Look at these, they are antique Baccarat with the sterling liquor? name plates…gorgeous!

We have been starting to look at flooring for our basement. I am amazed at what they are doing with tiles! We want a maintenance free tile that looks like wood. I am leaning towards those ashy colored light to med. woods..they are so soothing and pretty. Amazing!

?It is so hard to believe these are porcelain tiles and not wood!

Now that the holidays are over, I am going back to the drawing board on a number of projects, with the bedroom and my dining room being two of the most important. Still tweaking but getting closer every day to the final background color of the gorgeous chinoiserie which I know will transform the space…..

And have had these really large chunky white ginger jars for a while (was going to carry them) but they are so darn big and heavy. So instead of sitting in storage I took them out and put them on the pale green French console in the upstairs hallway and I love the way they look, so fresh and crisp! I am going to add something to the center, just not sure what. I will probably refer back to my post from yesterday on accentuating with accessories!

Put in this gorgeous new lantern finally in our back stair hall…really pretty piece!

I think I have finally figured out the secret to keeping orchids alive well and super long lasting. Cool, cool cool rooms. This one is in one of the coolest areas of our house and this thing looks as beautiful as it did the day I got it over two months ago….still going strong! Very little water also (maybe once every 10 days)

Yes my Christmas tree FINALLY got taken down 3 days ago, my big soldiers are next in line:)

Another one still going strong that I now moved to a cooler spot

Just starting to get my orders in for the Annabell Ingall totes so if you are one of the ones waiting…..things are starting to ship out this week. Every time I see a new color/variation, I want one (it’s a bit of a problem).? I mean how many bags does a girl need? Nevermind, you don’t have to answer that:)? They are all so gorgeous….

?Sky and Cherry totes (med and large)

???????????????????????????????????? This is a great neutral,new color String in the new style, Coco

A few important things……

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway for this magnificent bowl courtesy of Bonny Neiman! Click here for details. I will announce a lucky winner on Friday morning.

Also accepting pictures of your kitchens for about another week for my KITCHEN LOVE contest! If you think your kitchen has what it takes and is “contest ready”…….send it in! Details below….

My new contest is called Kitchen Love. A subject near and dear to our hearts, the heart of the home. Send in your pictures of your kitchen or it can be a snippet of your kitchen, something that makes your kitchen special and beautifully yours. I cannot wait to start getting the entries! Rules are-

Max. two pictures per entrant
They must be your pictures (not taken off the internet)
Please send your pictures to theenchantedhome@gmail.com
You must put Kitchen Love in subject line to insure it is received and included
I am accepting pictures as of today and the deadline is Feb. 8th
The contest will begin Feb. 10th and run for two days.
The lucky winner will receive a beautiful large Spanish olive tray, a gorgeous addition to any kitchen.
Thank you for stopping in. Hope all is well with you….talk to you soon! Stay warm:)

The results are in and some Pinterest pretties!

Hello and Happy Sunday to you. Over here, its another freeeeeezing day. This is the kind of biting cold that honestly makes you want to stay inside in your pjs, hop into your bed and not leave until March. It is bitter, gray and incredibly uninviting. It is quite something that so much of our country is experiencing this extreme cold. I say please bring on an early spring!!

Good day for the movies…we may head out to one later on. Seen anything good lately? We saw Twelve Years a slave and I must say it was excellent. I have heard rave reviews over Lone Survivor, it looks intense but incredible and to know it’s a true story makes it that more compelling. Any other recommendations?

I really appreciate the over 200 bloggers that participated in my blogger poll. The results were so interesting and I know many of you are eager to see them. The results are below, wondering if there were any surprises to you?

I am also sharing some beautiful (and a few mouth watering) images from my Pinterest boards, random things of beauty and/or inspiration that caught my attention this week. If you want to see more click here.

And finally, if you love your kitchen and think it’s “contest ready” please snap a picture and send it in for my Kitchen contest! I have gotten some amazing pictures so far and look forward to getting more. Details are on the bottom.

Now for those results…..

1. Do you generally look over other people’s comments before you leave your own? 

OK…yes sometimes  45%
Yes! All the time       32%
No…never                 23%

2. How important are comments on your blog?

Huge, they make my day and validate why I do this in the first place   
 47%
Average…..I love getting them but don’t need them to validate what I do  
  44%
Not that important, they are a minor part of why I blog  
 9%

3. How many hours a day do you spend on blogging?

1-2   56%
2-4   26%
4-6   14%
6-8   6%

4. Blogging is changing thanks in part to Pinterest and other social media sites?

Yes, absolutely    57%
Not dramatically, its a great companion to blogging   34%
Not that I have seen   8%

5. Is there a social hierarchy in the blog world? Does it matter?

Yes, absolutely as in real life   63%
There might be but I have not noticed or paid much attention   28%
I dont’ think so, its a virtual world so it’s quite different   10%

6. How gratifying is blogging?

I really enjoy it but its not my epicenter   49%
It’s hugely gratifying, I cannot imagine life without it   34%
It’s a small part of my life, more like a minor hobby    17%

7. How likely is it that you will be blogging in four years from now?

I would like to but who knows  70%
You can bet on it…can’t imagine life without it 24%
Highly doubt it, it’s fun but not forever 5%


8. If you advertise on your blog, what do you make on your blog annually?

 $1,000-4,000     45%
$10,000- 20,000  22%
$6,000-10,000   12%
$4,000-6,000     8%
$30,000 or more  8%


9. How many blogs on average do you visit every day?

5-10  39%
1-5    26%
10-20   21%
More than 20   14%


10. How likely are you to visit a new blog or look for new blogs of interest?

Very likely…always looking for the next great thing!   51%
Here and there, I look when I can  44%
Just about never, just don’t have the time  5%


11. What is the number one piece of advice you would give a new blogger?

Make sure you have an authentic voice   38%
It is your content and what you write that will keep people coming back    26%
Be sure your blog has a lot of pretty pictures, that is what draws  people in    25%
Develop a thick skin, people can be tough  10%


12. Your family and friends support your blog and understand why you do it.

Yes   82%
No    18%


13. When someone leaves a rude comment,  will you delete or keep it?

Depends on the severity of the comment  57%
I will promptly remove it  27%
No to each his own, I leave it, doesn’t really affect me that much  16%


14. If you visit a blog and dont’ like what you see , will you still leave a comment?

No I will generally only leave a comment if I truly like what I see  53%
Depends not always   33%
Yes, if it’s a blog I visit I will find something nice to say   13%


15. How many years/months have you been blogging?

2-3 years  22%
3-5 years  21%
1-2 years  19%
5 years or more  15%
1-6 months    13%
6 months-1 year   10%

16. Think of all the blogs you visit daily and how often you leave a comment vs. just looking and leaving

I mostly do not comment but do visit  31%
I would say I leave a comment on about 50% of the blogs I visit  21%
Maybe about 25-50% of the ones I visit  20%
I try to leave a comment on 80-100% of the blogs I visit  17%
Maybe about a quarter of the blogs I visit do I leave a comment on  12%

Some interesting findings, don’t you think? Did anything here surprise you? For me it might be that the majority visit blogs but do not comment. I find less time to comment than I used to but I still do my best to leave a comment (when inspired) at all my “usual stops”. Looks like most of you think blogging is changing in part due to Pinterest and other sites, don’t know if that’s good or bad yet?

The good news for newer bloggers is that the majority of us will seek out new blogs and are always looking for the next best thing…that could be YOU!  And interesting that the majority of us look over other peoples comments, I do on occasion but not regularly. This was fun and enlightening.  Many thanks again for participating!!

Now lets turn off our brains and just enjoy some pretty inspirations, shall we?


 Anytime you end with pictures of darling children its always sure to put a smile on my face! Hope you enjoyed this random inspiration….if you want to see more of my Pinterest boards click here.

Many thanks as always for stopping in, and to all my fellow bloggers who took the time to participate in the poll. Always a good thing to continue learning and growing. Wishing everyone a fabulous and hopefully relaxing Sunday!

Here are the details for my KITCHEN LOVE contest…..

My new contest is called Kitchen Love. A subject near and dear to our hearts, the heart of the home. Send in your pictures of your kitchen or it can be a snippet of your kitchen, something that makes your kitchen special and beautifully yours. I cannot wait to start getting the entries! Rules are-

Max. two pictures per entrant
They must be your pictures (not taken off the internet)
Please send your pictures to theenchantedhome@gmail.com
You must put Kitchen Love in subject line to insure it is received and included
I am accepting pictures as of today and the deadline is Feb. 8th
The contest will begin Feb. 10th and run for two days.
The lucky winner will receive a beautiful large Spanish olive tray, a gorgeous addition to any kitchen.
Talk to you soon!


The results are in and some Pinterest pretties!

Hello and Happy Sunday to you. Over here, its another freeeeeezing day. This is the kind of biting cold that honestly makes you want to stay inside in your pjs, hop into your bed and not leave until March. It is bitter, gray and incredibly uninviting. It is quite something that so much of our country is experiencing this extreme cold. I say please bring on an early spring!!

Good day for the movies…we may head out to one later on. Seen anything good lately? We saw Twelve Years a slave and I must say it was excellent. I have heard rave reviews over Lone Survivor, it looks intense but incredible and to know it’s a true story makes it that more compelling. Any other recommendations?

I really appreciate the over 200 bloggers that participated in my blogger poll. The results were so interesting and I know many of you are eager to see them. The results are below, wondering if there were any surprises to you?

I am also sharing some beautiful (and a few mouth watering) images from my Pinterest boards, random things of beauty and/or inspiration that caught my attention this week. If you want to see more click here.

And finally, if you love your kitchen and think it’s “contest ready” please snap a picture and send it in for my Kitchen contest! I have gotten some amazing pictures so far and look forward to getting more. Details are on the bottom.

Now for those results…..

1. Do you generally look over other people’s comments before you leave your own??

OK…yes sometimes? 45%
Yes! All the time??? ?? 32%
No…never ? ? ? ? ? ? ??? 23%

2. How important are comments on your blog?

Huge, they make my day and validate why I do this in the first place ??
?47%
Average…..I love getting them but don’t need them to validate what I do??
? 44%
Not that important, they are a minor part of why I blog??
?9%

3. How many hours a day do you spend on blogging?

1-2?? 56%
2-4?? 26%
4-6?? 14%
6-8?? 6%

4. Blogging is changing thanks in part to Pinterest and other social media sites?

Yes, absolutely??? 57%
Not dramatically, its a great companion to blogging?? 34%
Not that I have seen?? 8%

5. Is there a social hierarchy in the blog world? Does it matter?

Yes, absolutely as in real life?? 63%
There might be but I have not noticed or paid much attention?? 28%
I dont’ think so, its a virtual world so it’s quite different ? 10%

6. How gratifying is blogging?

I really enjoy it but its not my epicenter ? 49%
It’s hugely gratifying, I cannot imagine life without it?? 34%
It’s a small part of my life, more like a minor hobby ?? 17%

7. How likely is it that you will be blogging in four years from now?

I would like to but who knows? 70%
You can bet on it…can’t imagine life without it 24%
Highly doubt it, it’s fun but not forever 5%


8. If you advertise on your blog, what do you make on your blog annually?

?$1,000-4,000???? 45%
$10,000- 20,000? 22%
$6,000-10,000?? 12%
$4,000-6,000???? 8%
$30,000 or more? 8%


9. How many blogs on average do you visit every day?

5-10? 39%
1-5??? 26%
10-20?? 21%
More than 20?? 14%


10. How likely are you to visit a new blog or look for new blogs of interest?

Very likely…always looking for the next great thing!?? 51%
Here and there, I look when I can? 44%
Just about never, just don’t have the time? 5%


11. What is the number one piece of advice you would give a new blogger?

Make sure you have an authentic voice?? 38%
It is your content and what you write that will keep people coming back ?? 26%
Be sure your blog has a lot of pretty pictures, that is what draws? people in??? 25%
Develop a thick skin, people can be tough? 10%


12. Your family and friends support your blog and understand why you do it.

Yes?? 82%
No??? 18%


13. When someone leaves a rude comment,? will you delete or keep it?

Depends on the severity of the comment? 57%
I will promptly remove it? 27%
No to each his own, I leave it, doesn’t really affect me that much? 16%


14. If you visit a blog and dont’ like what you see , will you still leave a comment?

No I will generally only leave a comment if I truly like what I see? 53%
Depends not always?? 33%
Yes, if it’s a blog I visit I will find something nice to say?? 13%


15. How many years/months have you been blogging?

2-3 years? 22%
3-5 years? 21%
1-2 years? 19%
5 years or more? 15%
1-6 months??? 13%
6 months-1 year?? 10%

16. Think of all the blogs you visit daily and how often you leave a comment vs. just looking and leaving

I mostly do not comment but do visit? 31%
I would say I leave a comment on about 50% of the blogs I visit? 21%
Maybe about 25-50% of the ones I visit? 20%
I try to leave a comment on 80-100% of the blogs I visit? 17%
Maybe about a quarter of the blogs I visit do I leave a comment on? 12%

Some interesting findings, don’t you think? Did anything here surprise you? For me it might be that the majority visit blogs but do not comment. I find less time to comment than I used to but I still do my best to leave a comment (when inspired) at all my “usual stops”. Looks like most of you think blogging is changing in part due to Pinterest and other sites, don’t know if that’s good or bad yet?

The good news for newer bloggers is that the majority of us will seek out new blogs and are always looking for the next best thing…that could be YOU!? And interesting that the majority of us look over other peoples comments, I do on occasion but not regularly. This was fun and enlightening.? Many thanks again for participating!!

Now lets turn off our brains and just enjoy some pretty inspirations, shall we?


?Anytime you end with pictures of darling children its always sure to put a smile on my face! Hope you enjoyed this random inspiration….if you want to see more of my Pinterest boards click here.

Many thanks as always for stopping in, and to all my fellow bloggers who took the time to participate in the poll. Always a good thing to continue learning and growing. Wishing everyone a fabulous and hopefully relaxing Sunday!

Here are the details for my KITCHEN LOVE contest…..

My new contest is called Kitchen Love. A subject near and dear to our hearts, the heart of the home. Send in your pictures of your kitchen or it can be a snippet of your kitchen, something that makes your kitchen special and beautifully yours. I cannot wait to start getting the entries! Rules are-

Max. two pictures per entrant
They must be your pictures (not taken off the internet)
Please send your pictures to theenchantedhome@gmail.com
You must put Kitchen Love in subject line to insure it is received and included
I am accepting pictures as of today and the deadline is Feb. 8th
The contest will begin Feb. 10th and run for two days.
The lucky winner will receive a beautiful large Spanish olive tray, a gorgeous addition to any kitchen.
Talk to you soon!


My home for Christmas 2013 and winners!

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

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

 1st winner 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The side door gets a simple oversized wreath and bow

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

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

Voila!! So easy…..and so pretty!

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Add caption
And to the back powder room….. 

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

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

 And in my family room, added some holiday touches…

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

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

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

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

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

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

Other vignettes throughout the house…

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

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

Even red Santa’s

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

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

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

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

 That makes two! Many more to come…..

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    My home for Christmas 2013 and winners!

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

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

    ?1st winner?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    The side door gets a simple oversized wreath and bow

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

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

    Voila!! So easy…..and so pretty!

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Other vignettes throughout the house…

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

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

    Even red Santa’s

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Checking in and fabulous steals and deals……an encore!

      Happy Saturday to you. OH. MY. WORD. I have had the craziest busiest most productive, fun but exhausting week ever. Ever have one of those “gerbil on the wheel and you can’t get off” weeks? Well, that sums up this past week. TGIF!!!!!!! I have a super busy day tomorrow but come Sunday…its major relaxation. NOTHING will come between me my pj’s and my comfy robe..its going to be an all day affair and I can hardly wait!

      This is just a quick check in, sort of an abbreviated and condensed version of my normal end of the week musings post. There is a lot to tell you about and share but its way too much for one post so this is part I, I promise much more to come on Sunday!!

      First some exceptional steals and deals. Some of these were sold out last time but got another big batch so don’t miss out if you did last time. Limited quantities and they do go fast!!

      1. The gorgeous decorative chef jars, set of two $48.00

      2/ Silverleaf antique mirrored tray…so pretty for a bar, powder room or vanity/ladies dressing table $50!

      Got more of the Herend like figurines, these are GORGEOUS and would make beautiful holiday gifts to have on hand….so pretty!!

      3. Frog $38.00 4.5″

      4. Sitting bunny $35.00 6″ tall

      5. Hopping bunny $38.00 5.75″ tall
      6.  Set of starfish salt and pepper 3.5″ $30.00

      I hit the motherload and am gong to be sharing much more on Sunday…you will not believe how gorgeous, here is a sneak peek- so many beautiful things to share!!!!!!!

      Loving my Alicias Alpaca scrumptious goodies especially with the really cool weather we have been having. I practice what I preach, here is my gorgeous cape and Annabell Ingall tote in pebble….such beautiful neutrals love timeless classics!! Here are my goodies on the go…..

      And love these handwarmers, aren’t  they cute? Love the chunky woven cable…they are fingerless so super practical too.

       Some of the beautiful new totes I got in from the fall collection of Annabell Ingall, they sell like hotcakes and are the most wonderful tote…softest leather LOVE mine.

       Love the new messenger, not yet up on my site but by next week. Just got them in…..

      They are available in chocolate and black (more colors to come)

      If you want anything you know the drill, just email me to theenchantedhome@gmail.com. I will be back in touch with an invoice.  The new fall bags are not yet online so you can order them directly through me, they will up next week sometime!

      FLOWERS. A quick tip for getting your orchid leaves super shiny….just like the florist! I was asked to make this gorgeous arrangement for someone and guess what I found out? An insiders secret! Get a paper towel and gently apply MAYONNAISE to the leaves, you heard right! It works like a charm and apparently keeps them shiny and gorgeous for weeks on end……

       Well that’s about it for now. MUCH more to come….be back on Sunday. Happy Friday and enjoy your weekend!! Off to my sons football game tonight…..fingers crossed (in my handwarmers of course)  for a big win! Thanks for stopping in……

      And finally don’t forget to submit your photo for the blue and white love contest……6 more days to enter!!

      My contest theme for November is not surprisingly “Blue and white love“. You know what that means..send in your pictures of your blue and white anything…however you love to display it or use it in your home, your favorite vignette, a beautifully displayed ginger jar, your plate collection, your blue and white nails, your pet wearing a blue and white something….whatever it may be.

      Max. 2 pictures per entrant, please in subject line of email put “Blue and white love”. I will collect pictures up until Nov. 1st . The contest will run on Nov. 4th for 2 days. Thanks in advance and I cannot wait to start receiving your pictures…I  know they will be fabulous!

      Email me your pictures to theenchantedhome@gmail.com.

      Checking in and fabulous steals and deals……an encore!

      Happy Saturday to you. OH. MY. WORD. I have had the craziest busiest most productive, fun but exhausting week ever. Ever have one of those “gerbil on the wheel and you can’t get off” weeks? Well, that sums up this past week. TGIF!!!!!!! I have a super busy day tomorrow but come Sunday…its major relaxation. NOTHING will come between me my pj’s and my comfy robe..its going to be an all day affair and I can hardly wait!

      This is just a quick check in, sort of an abbreviated and condensed version of my normal end of the week musings post. There is a lot to tell you about and share but its way too much for one post so this is part I, I promise much more to come on Sunday!!

      First some exceptional steals and deals. Some of these were sold out last time but got another big batch so don’t miss out if you did last time. Limited quantities and they do go fast!!

      1. The gorgeous decorative chef jars, set of two $48.00

      2/ Silverleaf antique mirrored tray…so pretty for a bar, powder room or vanity/ladies dressing table $50!

      Got more of the Herend like figurines, these are GORGEOUS and would make beautiful holiday gifts to have on hand….so pretty!!

      3. Frog $38.00 4.5″

      4. Sitting bunny $35.00 6″ tall

      5. Hopping bunny $38.00 5.75″ tall
      6.? Set of starfish salt and pepper 3.5″ $30.00

      I hit the motherload and am gong to be sharing much more on Sunday…you will not believe how gorgeous, here is a sneak peek- so many beautiful things to share!!!!!!!

      Loving my Alicias Alpaca scrumptious goodies especially with the really cool weather we have been having. I practice what I preach, here is my gorgeous cape and Annabell Ingall tote in pebble….such beautiful neutrals love timeless classics!! Here are my goodies on the go…..

      And love these handwarmers, aren’t? they cute? Love the chunky woven cable…they are fingerless so super practical too.

      ?Some of the beautiful new totes I got in from the fall collection of Annabell Ingall, they sell like hotcakes and are the most wonderful tote…softest leather LOVE mine.

      ?Love the new messenger, not yet up on my site but by next week. Just got them in…..

      They are available in chocolate and black (more colors to come)

      If you want anything you know the drill, just email me to theenchantedhome@gmail.com. I will be back in touch with an invoice.? The new fall bags are not yet online so you can order them directly through me, they will up next week sometime!

      FLOWERS. A quick tip for getting your orchid leaves super shiny….just like the florist! I was asked to make this gorgeous arrangement for someone and guess what I found out? An insiders secret! Get a paper towel and gently apply MAYONNAISE to the leaves, you heard right! It works like a charm and apparently keeps them shiny and gorgeous for weeks on end……

      ?Well that’s about it for now. MUCH more to come….be back on Sunday. Happy Friday and enjoy your weekend!! Off to my sons football game tonight…..fingers crossed (in my handwarmers of course)? for a big win! Thanks for stopping in……

      And finally don’t forget to submit your photo for the blue and white love contest……6 more days to enter!!

      My contest theme for November is not surprisingly “Blue and white love“. You know what that means..send in your pictures of your blue and white anything…however you love to display it or use it in your home, your favorite vignette, a beautifully displayed ginger jar, your plate collection, your blue and white nails, your pet wearing a blue and white something….whatever it may be.

      Max. 2 pictures per entrant, please in subject line of email put “Blue and white love”. I will collect pictures up until Nov. 1st . The contest will run on Nov. 4th for 2 days. Thanks in advance and I cannot wait to start receiving your pictures…I? know they will be fabulous!

      Email me your pictures to theenchantedhome@gmail.com.

      Random weekend musings…..

      Hello there, I am soooooo happy its the? weekend. I seriously need some major downtime to do absolutely nothing. Except for dinner plans tonight, a casual BBQ tomorrow and one game, we have little on the agenda and that is music to my ears. Last week was an exceptionally crazy week, that kind of week where every single minute is accounted for, I barely had quality time with my beloved computer and blogland and I missed it so much, it’s my “happy place”. So finally a chance to sit down for a bit and catch up on all I have missed and share my weekly musings with you. Here we go……

      HOUSE. One exciting thing is that I am getting closer to pulling the trigger on my chinoiserie paper for the dining room. Woo hoo! Once the chairs came in it made me want to complete that room once and for all. So I stumbled across a picture a few weeks ago that was an aha moment for me, the colors were spot on and it has since become my reference for what I want the paper to look like (though a slightly different design). Take a look and also a window treatment I am considering that I think will look fabulous in that room. I am getting exited at the thought of finishing this room!

      And here is my room in its current state with its boring whitish walls…

      ORCHIDS. I love orchids. Honestly to me they are actually a bargain flower. When you consider how long they last…..they are so worth the money.? Lets say you spend $75.00 on an orchid, a dozen roses or a large bunch of beautiful flowers could easily cost that and they last, what a week if you are lucky….the orchid on the other hand, at least a few months!

      Its like the gift that keeps on giving. So every few months I pick up a few here and there. I have one place that carries sensational orchids which are pricey but worth it but truth be told I have picked up orchids at places like Whole Foods and Home Depot for next to nothing and had them last a long time. So picked up 8 new plants and added some to a very large tole planter from Italy that I have had a while…..

      GORGEOUS TOLE. One of my most favorite things I carry in my online shop is the new custom line of tole. It is truly exceptional in every way. I have placed a few orders lately and one was my very own! I ordered the blue and white chinoiserie lamps I have been wanting for oh about eight years! I looooove them and am now working on getting the shades. Maybe this will finally prompt me to finish my room once and for all!!

      ?On top of that I took a little trip and got to visit the factory, I am working on a few custom lighting orders right now so it was worth the trip. This is a source that the top designers in the world use and their products grace the most sensational homes.? I was in tole nirvana, seriously the beauty stopped me dead in my tracks. I wanted one of everything!!! They work with Benjamin Moore colors and every single pieces is customized to your specifications. The work is out of this world! Click here to see my gallery online of some of the many pieces they do. Check out the beauty……

      ?A lantern for a current customer, primed and waiting the customization

      ?Love this oversized tray table…isn’t it stunning!

      ?Custom dog lamp….you provide a pic of your pooch and a lamp in his/her honor is made up!

      ?Part of the customization process..we are finalizing colors for this gorgeous lantern!

      ?And this one is in the works too…..love it!
      ?Just ordered this for a customer, isn’t she a beauty!

      ?LOVE these sconces too…..need to have them!
      ?Seriously…just being there gave me serious heart palpitations!

      ?Mr. Charles Faudree has used this particular one a lot…love it!
      ?How wonderful is this amazing mirror? Love the design and fabulous color!

      ?Brainstorming about where I could personally use both of these beauties!!
      Ready to see my lamps? Still need the shades but here they are…….

      BOOKS. Got a few books and trying to get back into my old habit of reading on a regular basis. One I just finished that was powerful and quite incredible was Brain on fire I could literally not put it down and read it in 2 days! . A true story of one women’s? terrifying account of a mysterious brain disease that takes her over, it is an incredible story! Then the two that follows are on my nightstand ready to be tackled…….

      Awesome read!

      NEW BEAUTY PRODUCTS!? Always enjoy sharing new products with you that I am loving. This was actually received as a gift which makes it even sweeter! But I would absolutely buy on my own (and will).This is a product I really wanted to try and then I was lucky enough to win it over at my buddy, Stacy’s blog South Shore Decorating (on a side note great blog that has an amazing plethora of interior design pictures)

      Now, its only been 2 days but so far so good! It does in fact reduce the puffiness under the eyes. It contains the wonder peptite, SNAP,-8 considered to be the safe gentler alternative to Botox and red and green seaweed amongst other key ingredients. So far I am indeed a believer! Thanks Stacy!

      A BEAUTIFUL PARTY. “Met” a new blogger, Ashely who had emailed me about my blog,? who has a gorgeous blog, Sparkle Sense? where? she shared this gorgeous bridal luncheon which was thrown in her honor (lucky lady)? that had to be shared. I love all the details, so romantic and beautiful…looks magazine spread worthy, don’t you think? To visit the wonderful blog of Sparkle Sense, click here to see more! Stop over and leave her a comment to welcome her to blogland…..it will make her day!

      And check her amazingly beautiful wedding photos…..hellooooooo Bride magazine are you paying attention!! Ashley….I love your style!

      ?LOVE the dress:)
      ?Stunning colors…stunning bride!
      ?What a shot!
      You made such an exquisite bride (and your groom isn’t too bad either:)

      SHOP NEWS. One exciting thing I just got in was the stunning line of preserved boxwood I had found not long ago. I am always on the prowl for great new finds and one of the things I was looking for was a high quality preserved boxwood line. Well I found it! I have since placed an order and got in some of the wonderful pieces. They will be added to my online shop this week but if you are interested in placing an order, several pieces are in stock, so feel free to contact me. Take a look…..

      ?A beautiful double ball topiary, starts at 16″ and goes all the way up to a towering 51″!

      ?These are the half balls, also great for smaller planters
      ?A classic ball and cone topiary, so elegant!
      ?The pretty 10″ half ball is perfect for planters…
      The 10″ boxwood balls in my stone anduze planters…for outside

      The 10″ ball shown with the 6″ ball

      The bags…without a doubt one of the hottest items I have sold since I have been “in biz”! They went like hotcakes……so I got my third order in and ordered extra of the more popular colors. I had many email me about extra bags and I promised that as soon as all orders shipped I would see what was left so for anyone who is interested, here is what I have. Still being offered at the promotional price of $375 for the large and $355 for the med. As of next week, they will be a permanent fixture on my online shop! Email me with any inquires.

      ?2 black left in large

      ?1 blue left in med.

      ?1 military left in large

      2 cream left in large

      So that’s what is left for now. I am taking orders for the nutmeg and a few other colors coming in soon. Check them out…..

      ?There are also in addition the above a few new colors coming out, eggplant, a deep green, a dark chocolate and a few of the staples that I have already sold. So stay tuned, and of course email me with any inquires at theenchantedhome@gmail.com

      Finally this is one of my all time favorite songs of all time, and this particular performance is sooo amazing, guaranteed to give you chills, tears and maybe both:)? That Charice is one amazing powerhouse! I want to see her in concert……

      And one final thought to anyone with a daughter, you might find this funny…

      hahahahaha, thought you would get a chuckle out of this one!

      So that about wraps up what is new and exciting over here. Thanks so? much for stopping in and wishing you a fabulous Saturday and a wonderful weekend.

      Random weekend musings…..

      Hello there, I am soooooo happy its the  weekend. I seriously need some major downtime to do absolutely nothing. Except for dinner plans tonight, a casual BBQ tomorrow and one game, we have little on the agenda and that is music to my ears. Last week was an exceptionally crazy week, that kind of week where every single minute is accounted for, I barely had quality time with my beloved computer and blogland and I missed it so much, it’s my “happy place”. So finally a chance to sit down for a bit and catch up on all I have missed and share my weekly musings with you. Here we go……

      HOUSE. One exciting thing is that I am getting closer to pulling the trigger on my chinoiserie paper for the dining room. Woo hoo! Once the chairs came in it made me want to complete that room once and for all. So I stumbled across a picture a few weeks ago that was an aha moment for me, the colors were spot on and it has since become my reference for what I want the paper to look like (though a slightly different design). Take a look and also a window treatment I am considering that I think will look fabulous in that room. I am getting exited at the thought of finishing this room!

      And here is my room in its current state with its boring whitish walls…

      ORCHIDS. I love orchids. Honestly to me they are actually a bargain flower. When you consider how long they last…..they are so worth the money.  Lets say you spend $75.00 on an orchid, a dozen roses or a large bunch of beautiful flowers could easily cost that and they last, what a week if you are lucky….the orchid on the other hand, at least a few months!

      Its like the gift that keeps on giving. So every few months I pick up a few here and there. I have one place that carries sensational orchids which are pricey but worth it but truth be told I have picked up orchids at places like Whole Foods and Home Depot for next to nothing and had them last a long time. So picked up 8 new plants and added some to a very large tole planter from Italy that I have had a while…..

      GORGEOUS TOLE. One of my most favorite things I carry in my online shop is the new custom line of tole. It is truly exceptional in every way. I have placed a few orders lately and one was my very own! I ordered the blue and white chinoiserie lamps I have been wanting for oh about eight years! I looooove them and am now working on getting the shades. Maybe this will finally prompt me to finish my room once and for all!!

       On top of that I took a little trip and got to visit the factory, I am working on a few custom lighting orders right now so it was worth the trip. This is a source that the top designers in the world use and their products grace the most sensational homes.  I was in tole nirvana, seriously the beauty stopped me dead in my tracks. I wanted one of everything!!! They work with Benjamin Moore colors and every single pieces is customized to your specifications. The work is out of this world! Click here to see my gallery online of some of the many pieces they do. Check out the beauty……

       A lantern for a current customer, primed and waiting the customization

       Love this oversized tray table…isn’t it stunning!

       Custom dog lamp….you provide a pic of your pooch and a lamp in his/her honor is made up!

       Part of the customization process..we are finalizing colors for this gorgeous lantern!

       And this one is in the works too…..love it!
       Just ordered this for a customer, isn’t she a beauty!

       LOVE these sconces too…..need to have them!
       Seriously…just being there gave me serious heart palpitations!

       Mr. Charles Faudree has used this particular one a lot…love it!
       How wonderful is this amazing mirror? Love the design and fabulous color!

       Brainstorming about where I could personally use both of these beauties!!
      Ready to see my lamps? Still need the shades but here they are…….

      BOOKS. Got a few books and trying to get back into my old habit of reading on a regular basis. One I just finished that was powerful and quite incredible was Brain on fire I could literally not put it down and read it in 2 days! . A true story of one women’s  terrifying account of a mysterious brain disease that takes her over, it is an incredible story! Then the two that follows are on my nightstand ready to be tackled…….

      Awesome read!

      NEW BEAUTY PRODUCTS!  Always enjoy sharing new products with you that I am loving. This was actually received as a gift which makes it even sweeter! But I would absolutely buy on my own (and will).This is a product I really wanted to try and then I was lucky enough to win it over at my buddy, Stacy’s blog South Shore Decorating (on a side note great blog that has an amazing plethora of interior design pictures)

      Now, its only been 2 days but so far so good! It does in fact reduce the puffiness under the eyes. It contains the wonder peptite, SNAP,-8 considered to be the safe gentler alternative to Botox and red and green seaweed amongst other key ingredients. So far I am indeed a believer! Thanks Stacy!

      A BEAUTIFUL PARTY. “Met” a new blogger, Ashely who had emailed me about my blog,  who has a gorgeous blog, Sparkle Sense  where  she shared this gorgeous bridal luncheon which was thrown in her honor (lucky lady)  that had to be shared. I love all the details, so romantic and beautiful…looks magazine spread worthy, don’t you think? To visit the wonderful blog of Sparkle Sense, click here to see more! Stop over and leave her a comment to welcome her to blogland…..it will make her day!

      And check her amazingly beautiful wedding photos…..hellooooooo Bride magazine are you paying attention!! Ashley….I love your style!

       LOVE the dress:)
       Stunning colors…stunning bride!
       What a shot!
      You made such an exquisite bride (and your groom isn’t too bad either:)

      SHOP NEWS. One exciting thing I just got in was the stunning line of preserved boxwood I had found not long ago. I am always on the prowl for great new finds and one of the things I was looking for was a high quality preserved boxwood line. Well I found it! I have since placed an order and got in some of the wonderful pieces. They will be added to my online shop this week but if you are interested in placing an order, several pieces are in stock, so feel free to contact me. Take a look…..

       A beautiful double ball topiary, starts at 16″ and goes all the way up to a towering 51″!

       These are the half balls, also great for smaller planters
       A classic ball and cone topiary, so elegant!
       The pretty 10″ half ball is perfect for planters…
      The 10″ boxwood balls in my stone anduze planters…for outside

      The 10″ ball shown with the 6″ ball

      The bags…without a doubt one of the hottest items I have sold since I have been “in biz”! They went like hotcakes……so I got my third order in and ordered extra of the more popular colors. I had many email me about extra bags and I promised that as soon as all orders shipped I would see what was left so for anyone who is interested, here is what I have. Still being offered at the promotional price of $375 for the large and $355 for the med. As of next week, they will be a permanent fixture on my online shop! Email me with any inquires.

       2 black left in large

       1 blue left in med.

       1 military left in large

      2 cream left in large

      So that’s what is left for now. I am taking orders for the nutmeg and a few other colors coming in soon. Check them out…..

       There are also in addition the above a few new colors coming out, eggplant, a deep green, a dark chocolate and a few of the staples that I have already sold. So stay tuned, and of course email me with any inquires at theenchantedhome@gmail.com

      Finally this is one of my all time favorite songs of all time, and this particular performance is sooo amazing, guaranteed to give you chills, tears and maybe both:)  That Charice is one amazing powerhouse! I want to see her in concert……

      And one final thought to anyone with a daughter, you might find this funny…

      hahahahaha, thought you would get a chuckle out of this one!

      So that about wraps up what is new and exciting over here. Thanks so  much for stopping in and wishing you a fabulous Saturday and a wonderful weekend.