Say hello to my newest sponsor….AFK, maker of the dreamiest kids rooms in the world!

Good morning. What a game last night! Seriously were the Broncos even there? I felt bad for Payton, one of, if not the most illustrious QB’s in history and that’s what happens??? Oh well…thrilled for the Seahawks, a big congrats to them and all their legions of fans! I am happy to announce the lucky winner of the Nerium cream. Congratulations goes to…..

Result: 44? Sue Malizia January 31, 2014 at 9:39 PM?

I’ve been noticing more wrinkles near my lip line and neck…well, since I’m turning 60 this year it’s expected but the pictures are amazing so I’d love to win and try it for myself. 🙂

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Please contact me here so I can be sure this gets on its way to you! If you didn’t win but want to purchase Nerium, click here to order and thank you Nerium for your giveaway!

WARNING- Entering this post will no doubt cause you to seriously temporarily considering having an other baby or daydreaming you could regress to being a baby yourself……..get ready for a serious dose of beauty!

Moving along….. I am so excited to be introducing you to the second of a wonderful line of new sponsors on my blog. I was thrilled when the “Rolls Royce” of kids and babies room, AFK contracted me…appears we are fans of each other. I am sure at some point you have seen their dreamy ads, yes those ads that can make you temporarily desperately want another baby just to create one of those dreamy rooms OR wishing you yourself were a baby yourself again and getting to be a lucky little bambino to call a room like that their very own.

If you are looking to create a true fairytale of a room for your own little junior…….then look no further than AFK. So beautifully elegant, they are the gold standard for sure! I was delighted to welcome them as one of my first sponsors and hope you will welcome them with me.? They have outfitted rooms for not only regular folk like us but oodles of celebrities and countless Royals.

32 years and still going strong, AFK is truly a one of a kind shopping experience when nothing but the best will do for your little prince or princess. Gail started her business when she had her first child and got inspired by making a beautiful personalized painted alphabet sign. Soon, it caught the eye of local businesses and before long they were being sold everywhere. She saw a market and soon expanded her own business and the rest as they say is history. I am uber impressed with her operation and her taste level is bar none.

A little intro first then a look at some incredible spaces that they have created for the luckiest little people on the planet! It is a pleasure to be sponsored by such a beautiful line. Thank you and welcome AFK!


Their beautiful Beverly Hills store……

And a little about Gail and how she began…..

Now take a look at these exquisite rooms…..

This is the section that literally gives me heart palpitations…..it is almost a crime that I do not have a reason to buy these things anymore…..rethink how you thought of childrens and babies furniture!

I must have this chair and this crib!
I want this desk FOR ME!

Are you dying over how cute this is????? Mom and Dad wish they had a dining room that looked like this:)

Adore this daybed!

This crib needs to be in my house!
Love this chest…..forget kids rooms, come to mine!

A crowned chair…fit for a royal

LOVE this Peter Rabbit painted crib
They do more transitional looking pieces as well…something for everyone

How sweet is this!

LOVE this crib

Gotta have this toychest……(OK maybe for eventual grandchildren)!

What a beautiful daybed!
This crib is sooo sweet
Really loving this crib for a lucky little guy

I love how dainty this is….just gorgeous and her colors are so beautiful!
They have a tremendous selection of art for these dreamy rooms as well as artists on staff to create the mural of your dreams……even everyday fairytales and sports motifs? are stepped up a notch in with their beautiful take on them!

?Love this charming mouse in a hole…..

And when needing a vanity for juniors bath, no worries they have that covered too….

By now you are brainstorming how you can adopt or have another baby am I right? Spectacular!! One could really go crazy here, these are just over the top dreamy!! If you are in the market in creating a beautiful kids or babies room, then AFK is your place!!

?Click here to visit them….do you have a favorite? Thanks for stopping in and wishing you all an enchanted day:) By the way for anyone who cares, we are getting MORE snow today, they are saying up to 8″, school is canceled yet again. The silver lining? Getting to stay in and indulge in all the Superbowl leftovers:)

BY THE WAY….if you are a lover of blue and white, and I know there’s a high chance you are given you read my blog, hope you will check out my post over at The Pink Pagoda for her blue and white bash by clicking here, there are links to oodles of fabulous posts all about and blue and white! You can never have too much!

Say hello to my newest sponsor….AFK, maker of the dreamiest kids rooms in the world!

Good morning. What a game last night! Seriously were the Broncos even there? I felt bad for Payton, one of, if not the most illustrious QB’s in history and that’s what happens??? Oh well…thrilled for the Seahawks, a big congrats to them and all their legions of fans! I am happy to announce the lucky winner of the Nerium cream. Congratulations goes to…..

Result: 44  Sue Malizia January 31, 2014 at 9:39 PM 

I’ve been noticing more wrinkles near my lip line and neck…well, since I’m turning 60 this year it’s expected but the pictures are amazing so I’d love to win and try it for myself. 🙂

 

Please contact me here so I can be sure this gets on its way to you! If you didn’t win but want to purchase Nerium, click here to order and thank you Nerium for your giveaway!

WARNING- Entering this post will no doubt cause you to seriously temporarily considering having an other baby or daydreaming you could regress to being a baby yourself……..get ready for a serious dose of beauty!

Moving along….. I am so excited to be introducing you to the second of a wonderful line of new sponsors on my blog. I was thrilled when the “Rolls Royce” of kids and babies room, AFK contracted me…appears we are fans of each other. I am sure at some point you have seen their dreamy ads, yes those ads that can make you temporarily desperately want another baby just to create one of those dreamy rooms OR wishing you yourself were a baby yourself again and getting to be a lucky little bambino to call a room like that their very own.

If you are looking to create a true fairytale of a room for your own little junior…….then look no further than AFK. So beautifully elegant, they are the gold standard for sure! I was delighted to welcome them as one of my first sponsors and hope you will welcome them with me.  They have outfitted rooms for not only regular folk like us but oodles of celebrities and countless Royals.

32 years and still going strong, AFK is truly a one of a kind shopping experience when nothing but the best will do for your little prince or princess. Gail started her business when she had her first child and got inspired by making a beautiful personalized painted alphabet sign. Soon, it caught the eye of local businesses and before long they were being sold everywhere. She saw a market and soon expanded her own business and the rest as they say is history. I am uber impressed with her operation and her taste level is bar none.

A little intro first then a look at some incredible spaces that they have created for the luckiest little people on the planet! It is a pleasure to be sponsored by such a beautiful line. Thank you and welcome AFK!


Their beautiful Beverly Hills store……

And a little about Gail and how she began…..

Now take a look at these exquisite rooms…..

This is the section that literally gives me heart palpitations…..it is almost a crime that I do not have a reason to buy these things anymore…..rethink how you thought of childrens and babies furniture!

I must have this chair and this crib!
I want this desk FOR ME!

Are you dying over how cute this is????? Mom and Dad wish they had a dining room that looked like this:)

Adore this daybed!

This crib needs to be in my house!
Love this chest…..forget kids rooms, come to mine!

A crowned chair…fit for a royal

LOVE this Peter Rabbit painted crib
They do more transitional looking pieces as well…something for everyone

How sweet is this!

LOVE this crib

Gotta have this toychest……(OK maybe for eventual grandchildren)!

What a beautiful daybed!
This crib is sooo sweet
Really loving this crib for a lucky little guy

I love how dainty this is….just gorgeous and her colors are so beautiful!
They have a tremendous selection of art for these dreamy rooms as well as artists on staff to create the mural of your dreams……even everyday fairytales and sports motifs  are stepped up a notch in with their beautiful take on them!

 Love this charming mouse in a hole…..

And when needing a vanity for juniors bath, no worries they have that covered too….

By now you are brainstorming how you can adopt or have another baby am I right? Spectacular!! One could really go crazy here, these are just over the top dreamy!! If you are in the market in creating a beautiful kids or babies room, then AFK is your place!!

 Click here to visit them….do you have a favorite? Thanks for stopping in and wishing you all an enchanted day:) By the way for anyone who cares, we are getting MORE snow today, they are saying up to 8″, school is canceled yet again. The silver lining? Getting to stay in and indulge in all the Superbowl leftovers:)

BY THE WAY….if you are a lover of blue and white, and I know there’s a high chance you are given you read my blog, hope you will check out my post over at The Pink Pagoda for her blue and white bash by clicking here, there are links to oodles of fabulous posts all about and blue and white! You can never have too much!

Guest posting over at Cedar Hill Ranch and new loot and enchanted deals!

Good Friday morning! Boy this week flew….we have been blessed by the almighty weather Gods with an exceptional string of amazing weather…sun is shining, hovering around 70, not a cloud in the sky, the humidity demons have yet to make an appearance..its perfect! Hope you are having much of the same.

Today I am over at a very special place……I have joined lovely, charming Anita of Cedar Hill Ranch fame for her series “On the back porch”, where she talks to me about blogging, my home, life and other fun facts. I really hope you will pop on over and join me there. Her blog is such a wonderful place, always filled with something of beauty. You might remember the wonderful post I featured Anita in for my Bloggers beautiful abodes series.…yes indeed, she certainly does have a beautiful abode! So please click here to visit us…….see you over there!

And I posted this last night…..my newest enchanted loot ( I only have one or two of so limited availability) Contact me if interested in anything here.

You know how every now and then I get lucky and snag a shipment from the warehouse of one of my favorite vendors? Well a few days ago I was lucky enough to have gotten a bunch of wonderful goodies. These are all either 1, 2 or 3 of each item so I don’t put them on my online store. They are ready and waiting for their new homes…….I have numbered them here along with the price. As usual just email me with your inquiry, click here to email me at theenchantedhome@gmail.com.

?Everything is simply gorgeous…and best part is I get them at a strong discount which I then pass onto you, so its safe to say everything here is discounted by at least 25-35%.

1. Gorgeous round (hard to get) dough bowl. Got in a trio of these, two sold and I have this beautiful perfect round one. Good sized rounds are hard to come by and this one is a beauty! $140 measures approx. 18″ across, beautiful rich brown color…just fabulous!

2. Outrageous set of antlers. I looove these (kept one pair for myself). Highly decorative with beautiful plaque on which they are mounted. I have seen these for three and four hundred…..$135.00 Measures about 24″ wide by 24″ at its longest and widest point

3. Assorted guest towel and/or soap trays, guest towels are silver garland, ant. brass garland and silver filigree. Square is silver square garland. Guest towels are $54.00 and square is $45.00

4. Deer bookends…these sold out so fast last time. I got an assortment of three styles (one or two pair of each) these normally sell for upwards of $165

First one is 11″x 6.5″ $115.00

Second pair 10″x x 7″ $105.00

Third pair 9″ x 4″ $95.00

5. Outrageous antler bowl…gorgeous piece, highly decorative with acorn/pine detailing with nothing or filled with your favorite nuts $135.00 Measures about 10″ tall by about 9.5″ wide

6. Beautiful vanity garland tray…perfect for a vanity or powder room 15″ x 8″ $80.00

7. Antler coat hooks..how great are these? $42.00, measures about 10.5″ tall

8. Magnificent very special heirloom quality super duper heavy silver/nickel centerpiece bowl. This is EXCEPTIONAL.? Measures about 20″ wide, 5.5″ tall and 7″ deep. I was told retails for around $500. A true masterpiece, $335.00, seeing is believing (and feeling)!

9. Beautiful crest tray, perfect for a mans bathroom a powder room vanity or for a bar..this is? gorgeous little tray with a beautiful crest? Measures about 7″ square$55.00

10. Amazing heirloom quality? super heavy ultra large tray. This is a very very special tray. Rumor has it Ralph himself bought this tray and that it retails for about $550. I have two, this is $350.00, VERY special. Measures 22″ x 19″, this is just beyond gorgeous.

11. Beautiful French inscribed wine/champagne buckets. Med (about 7″ x 7.5″)? is $95.00 and the larger is $110.00 (9.5″ x 8.5″)

12. 3 trophy’s these normally sell for $155-165. These three are a special price of $105 for the med. and $115 for the tall. Great deal for these….

Tall one 13″ x 11″
Med. one 11″ x 12″?

13. Assorted soap/candy porcelain/ormolu dishes $45.00

14. Rope and glass ice bucket and tongs, isn’t this great for summer! Lovely addition to any summery table $75.00

15. Magnificent gallery etched tray. Very special heirloom quality heavy silver tray, very ornate. Retails for over $500. This one is $330.00. Spectacular with four feet and 2 handles. Measures approx. 22″ long by 17.5″ wide

16. Pair of two ornate chargers. Spectacular is an understatement. Sold out of these, will get more in mid-late May but not at this price. Pair is $110.00

17. Two of the same heirloom quality, superb very heavy gallery trays as above. Just spectacular and seeing is believing! Retails for about 550.00, this one is 345.00

Thanks for stopping in to take a peek. Email me at theenchantedhome@gmail.com with any questions/inquires.? Don’t forget to visit me over at my guest post for On the back porch at the wonderful blog, Cedar Hill Ranch…its not to be missed!!

Guest posting over at Cedar Hill Ranch and new loot and enchanted deals!

Good Friday morning! Boy this week flew….we have been blessed by the almighty weather Gods with an exceptional string of amazing weather…sun is shining, hovering around 70, not a cloud in the sky, the humidity demons have yet to make an appearance..its perfect! Hope you are having much of the same.

Today I am over at a very special place……I have joined lovely, charming Anita of Cedar Hill Ranch fame for her series “On the back porch”, where she talks to me about blogging, my home, life and other fun facts. I really hope you will pop on over and join me there. Her blog is such a wonderful place, always filled with something of beauty. You might remember the wonderful post I featured Anita in for my Bloggers beautiful abodes series.…yes indeed, she certainly does have a beautiful abode! So please click here to visit us…….see you over there!

And I posted this last night…..my newest enchanted loot ( I only have one or two of so limited availability) Contact me if interested in anything here.

You know how every now and then I get lucky and snag a shipment from the warehouse of one of my favorite vendors? Well a few days ago I was lucky enough to have gotten a bunch of wonderful goodies. These are all either 1, 2 or 3 of each item so I don’t put them on my online store. They are ready and waiting for their new homes…….I have numbered them here along with the price. As usual just email me with your inquiry, click here to email me at theenchantedhome@gmail.com.

 Everything is simply gorgeous…and best part is I get them at a strong discount which I then pass onto you, so its safe to say everything here is discounted by at least 25-35%.

1. Gorgeous round (hard to get) dough bowl. Got in a trio of these, two sold and I have this beautiful perfect round one. Good sized rounds are hard to come by and this one is a beauty! $140 measures approx. 18″ across, beautiful rich brown color…just fabulous!

2. Outrageous set of antlers. I looove these (kept one pair for myself). Highly decorative with beautiful plaque on which they are mounted. I have seen these for three and four hundred…..$135.00 Measures about 24″ wide by 24″ at its longest and widest point

3. Assorted guest towel and/or soap trays, guest towels are silver garland, ant. brass garland and silver filigree. Square is silver square garland. Guest towels are $54.00 and square is $45.00

4. Deer bookends…these sold out so fast last time. I got an assortment of three styles (one or two pair of each) these normally sell for upwards of $165

First one is 11″x 6.5″ $115.00

Second pair 10″x x 7″ $105.00

Third pair 9″ x 4″ $95.00

5. Outrageous antler bowl…gorgeous piece, highly decorative with acorn/pine detailing with nothing or filled with your favorite nuts $135.00 Measures about 10″ tall by about 9.5″ wide

6. Beautiful vanity garland tray…perfect for a vanity or powder room 15″ x 8″ $80.00

7. Antler coat hooks..how great are these? $42.00, measures about 10.5″ tall

8. Magnificent very special heirloom quality super duper heavy silver/nickel centerpiece bowl. This is EXCEPTIONAL.  Measures about 20″ wide, 5.5″ tall and 7″ deep. I was told retails for around $500. A true masterpiece, $335.00, seeing is believing (and feeling)!

9. Beautiful crest tray, perfect for a mans bathroom a powder room vanity or for a bar..this is  gorgeous little tray with a beautiful crest  Measures about 7″ square$55.00

10. Amazing heirloom quality  super heavy ultra large tray. This is a very very special tray. Rumor has it Ralph himself bought this tray and that it retails for about $550. I have two, this is $350.00, VERY special. Measures 22″ x 19″, this is just beyond gorgeous.

11. Beautiful French inscribed wine/champagne buckets. Med (about 7″ x 7.5″)  is $95.00 and the larger is $110.00 (9.5″ x 8.5″)

12. 3 trophy’s these normally sell for $155-165. These three are a special price of $105 for the med. and $115 for the tall. Great deal for these….

Tall one 13″ x 11″
Med. one 11″ x 12″ 

13. Assorted soap/candy porcelain/ormolu dishes $45.00

14. Rope and glass ice bucket and tongs, isn’t this great for summer! Lovely addition to any summery table $75.00

15. Magnificent gallery etched tray. Very special heirloom quality heavy silver tray, very ornate. Retails for over $500. This one is $330.00. Spectacular with four feet and 2 handles. Measures approx. 22″ long by 17.5″ wide

16. Pair of two ornate chargers. Spectacular is an understatement. Sold out of these, will get more in mid-late May but not at this price. Pair is $110.00

17. Two of the same heirloom quality, superb very heavy gallery trays as above. Just spectacular and seeing is believing! Retails for about 550.00, this one is 345.00

Thanks for stopping in to take a peek. Email me at theenchantedhome@gmail.com with any questions/inquires.  Don’t forget to visit me over at my guest post for On the back porch at the wonderful blog, Cedar Hill Ranch…its not to be missed!!

Bloggers beautiful abodes….Anita of Cedar Hill Ranch

Good Monday morning! Notice anything new and exciting here? Yep, a brand new look for The Enchanted Home. I went through Debby of Inspired Design, yes that talented sweetheart whose middle name should be “patience”….she was patient with me like you cannot imagine. I had a vision in my head and did my best to translate it to her…and after a lot of back and forth exchanges, sure enough it came to fruition! SO first a big thank you to Debby for helping me realize this vision. I just love it and am a big believer in changing things up every now and then. If you have been contemplating a new look or need help just to give a little facelift to your own blog or site, you should absolutey contact Debby, she is fabulous with a capital F, super talented, beyond nice and just a gem in every way.

Hoping everyone had a wonderful weekend. Here, it was picture perfect weather wise…gorgeous about 60 and sunny! My little party was so wonderful, and even with more people than I planned it was still fabulous……and plenty of leftovers (best part, right)?

Well, I am down to my last two guests posts for my Bloggers beautiful abodes series. What fun its been getting to see inside all of these magnificent homes, everything from farms to idyllic homes in France? to more formal abodes…haven’t’ they each been a fabulous treat? Then to getting to hear from these talented ladies and their words of wisdom, has been the icing on the cake. I have thoroughly enjoyed each and every one, and today’s is no exception. Please say hello to……


Anita is a newer blogging friend, but her warmth and vivaciousness shine through in a big way. I have decided I could live on her front porch alone. It is just so beautiful, the vistas, the way she has decorated it…is a total dream. Then you step inside and see the talent just overflows. What a treat to see inside her beautiful home and get to know a bit about the process and how she thinks when it comes to decorating, clearly all she is doing is right on the money, she truly has such a fabulous eye. I will be guest posting over at her blog in a few weeks so stay tuned for that!? Enough of me, lets hear from Anita…….

Hello, this is Anita from Cedar Hill Ranch, where we do Texas Living with a French Accent. I’m so thrilled and honored to be here talking to Tina today. ?Tina has such an amazing home and has such incredible taste. ?Things here are a little more casual, but I’m getting ahead of myself…
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1. How long have you been in your present home?? Is this it for the long haul? Anything you would care to change if you could??
?The question is a simple one, but my answer is a complicated one. ?We divide our time between our city house and our 30 acre Round Top ranch. ?We have been in our present city home for 23 years. It is a fairly typical suburban brick house built in 1978, that has served our family well over the years, but no, it’s not my dream house. ?There are a lot of things I would like to change about the house, which is why we are building a new one right now. So what would I change translates into what am I changing and here’s some of the things we doing in the new house that are not in the old city house;
Back of our new craftsman style city house during construction

wood sash windowspedestal and claw foot tubsfarmhouse sink48 inch pro gas rangebuilt-in stainless refrigerator unit and freezer unitreclaimed hardwoods?butlers pantryvessel sink in guest bathbuilt-in cabinets to hide large flat panel TVopen concept living room/kitchen7 foot kitchen islandhanging barn doors to study Then there’s the Round Top ranch. The house at the ranch is fairly new. We had it built in 2009. We love it so much, that yes we plan to keep it for as long as we are on this earth. ??

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2.?If you could only live in two rooms of your house, which two would?they be?
?Oh Tina, that would have to be my living room and my bedroom.
These are the rooms I worked the hardest on to transform from deep reds to a calming neutral palette.?

3. How would you describe your decorating style?
? It’s what I call Farmhouse French. ?
That’s a mix of fine French elements like curvey French chairs, vintage silver, dishes, and other pretties, along with with rustic country elements like unfinished wood, and lots of baskets and rusty things.

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4. Do you have a favorite color scheme? What is it? ?
My family thought they would NEVER hear me say this, but I have to admit, it’s white. ?I LOVE color and have always had lots of it in my home, but I have to admit the calm, soothing effect of white is unbeatable.?
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And now I see what I didn’t before. Colors and patterns come and go. If you decorate with patterns, you’ll need to change them out constantly to keep from looking dated. White linen slipcovers are like the black dress of decorating – always in style and they go with everything.?
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I’ve made my own linen slipcovers and bedding to go with my new look. ?

5. Favorite room of your house and why?
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My favorite room in the house is also my favorite place to be on earth… seriously. ?If you read my blog, you probably already know the answer… my back porch at the ranch.

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With a daybed I covered in linen, vintage?grain sack ?pillows and lots of rockers, it is a comfortable place to take in the cool breezes.?
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I bought an antique pine table for our outdoor dining room, that can seat 10 in a pinch.

Then there’s our breakfast room table at the other end of the porch. Here I’ve set a table with bluebells from our fields. The chairs are vintage folding chairs from France.

Did I mention I hauled an inherited china cabinet from the city back here? ?Notice the chandy? ?My friend Peggy was about to give that to the Savlation army because it didn’t work. I converted it to a candle burning chandy and hung it back here.?
But the best part about the back porch is that we have these amazing views.

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6. Best two tips you can give to anyone looking to tackle the decorating of their own home???
? If you need help, ask for it. Post your question on Hometalk, Facebook or ask a blogger for advice. ?I get the best advice from readers and other bloggers.? Secondly, just do it. Most changes are reversible, so it’s not the end of the world if you mess up. The wrong purchase can often be returned, sold, or moved to another room. Paint mishaps can be painted over. ?I’ve made mistakes, but almost always I am able to inexpensively correct them, and I learn in the process.

?? Best two things to NOT do??

?1. If it’s remodeling – like moving a wall or new flooring, I recommend getting a professional, unless you really know what you are doing. Badly done home remodeling can really hurt your home value.2. Don’t buy it unless you LOVE it. I have gotten rid of so many things, and do you know what they all had in common? They were “bargains.” ?A bargain is something marked down for sale that you wouldn’t normally buy, that no one else wants either. ?These are the things you bring home because they are the right price, but you’re not crazy about them. Unless you can make them over, don’t buy them. It’s not a bargain to buy something you don’t like that you will likely give away soon.?
7. What do you think are the most important features for a kitchen? ?
I would say this has to do with personal taste. For me, the two things I was looking for in my new kitchen were that it be open to the living room, and that it have a big island. ?These are two features I don’t have now.??
? 8. How do you like to dress up a cocktail table and console in a living room? ?
This is a funny question, because I don’t have either in my living room. We have an ottoman rather than a coffee table. I do have a large console in my dining room, so I’ll address that one. I love changing things out for the seasons here, but my favorite way to dress it up is with fresh flowers. ?You just can’t go wrong with fresh flowers.

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9. Any advice on the subject of lighting??
?Well, having owned a portrait photography business for many years, I can tell you that lighting is critical to a good photograph, so I probably look at lighting more closely than most. ?I would avoid any?fluorescent lighting, including CFL’s. ?It has a?greenish?cast that you may not notice until you take a photograph without a flash.? The other advice I have would be to use lots of lamps. They add more ambiance to a room than overhead lights. During the day, I prefer natural lighting, so I open all of the shades, and soak up the sunlight, but at night I use lamplight mostly.?
? 10. Do you have a favorite paint color? Do tell! ?
I’m loving Sherwin Williams Collonade Gray. I haven’t used it yet, so I don’t have any photos of it, but that is my top choice to use on our new house. ? I used Sherwin Williams Windsor Greige exclusively at the ranch for all of the interior rooms.?
?11. What are a couple of really simple inexpensive things you can do in your home to make it?feel “homey” and inviting?
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Vintage items and antiques add a charm and warmth to a room that is difficult to?achieve?otherwise. ?To add warmth, I also love to add old worn baskets and antique chairs.

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12.?Fill in the blank- If money was no object, the very first thing?I would buy for my home would be………….
?That’s easy, a Louis XVI wedding armoire. ?I have it on my list, so I’m hoping to get one after we move. Thank you Tina for inviting me over for the interview. You had so many great questions. ? If you want to see more of Cedar Hill Ranch, come over any time. If I don’t answer the door, I’m on the back porch! ?
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Anita every one of those pictures could be gracing a magazine cover! Just gorgeous….it is all the while beautiful, welcoming and so so warm! So agree about the abundant use of lamps, using wicker baskets and old chairs to fill and warm up a room and? never going wrong with the use of fresh flowers….right on! Wonderful tips and tidbits, and what a wonderful treat it was to get to have a peek into your beautiful home.? Here is my little bragging session on Anita’s behalf, if you aren’t already in heaven…take a look a these

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?Is this the most amazing treehouse you have ever seen? A grown ups version….I would live there!

?Put it on the record, I am officially jealous………I have never EVER seen such a beautiful “tree house”

?I want to attend one of her countryside soirees…as pretty as a postcard!

Like a Monet painting…its so pretty!

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Amazing, don’t you think? These bloggers just have me awed by their talent…and what fun because they each represent a totally different style yet each is so incredible beautiful. I think I have enjoyed this series more than any other and I cannot thank Anita enough for her kindness, generosity in opening up her home and for her extraordinary talents. Anita, you truly live a charmed and beautiful life! Thank you for this and thank you to all the readers for stopping in. Want more Anita? Please visit her over at her blog to say hello and tell her how much you enjoyed this. If you don’t follow her already, you should…its like a daily dose of beauty. Click here to visit. Thank you for coming by and wishing everyone a wonderful day and great start to the week!!?

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Bloggers beautiful abodes….Anita of Cedar Hill Ranch

Good Monday morning! Notice anything new and exciting here? Yep, a brand new look for The Enchanted Home. I went through Debby of Inspired Design, yes that talented sweetheart whose middle name should be “patience”….she was patient with me like you cannot imagine. I had a vision in my head and did my best to translate it to her…and after a lot of back and forth exchanges, sure enough it came to fruition! SO first a big thank you to Debby for helping me realize this vision. I just love it and am a big believer in changing things up every now and then. If you have been contemplating a new look or need help just to give a little facelift to your own blog or site, you should absolutey contact Debby, she is fabulous with a capital F, super talented, beyond nice and just a gem in every way.

Hoping everyone had a wonderful weekend. Here, it was picture perfect weather wise…gorgeous about 60 and sunny! My little party was so wonderful, and even with more people than I planned it was still fabulous……and plenty of leftovers (best part, right)?

Well, I am down to my last two guests posts for my Bloggers beautiful abodes series. What fun its been getting to see inside all of these magnificent homes, everything from farms to idyllic homes in France  to more formal abodes…haven’t’ they each been a fabulous treat? Then to getting to hear from these talented ladies and their words of wisdom, has been the icing on the cake. I have thoroughly enjoyed each and every one, and today’s is no exception. Please say hello to……


Anita is a newer blogging friend, but her warmth and vivaciousness shine through in a big way. I have decided I could live on her front porch alone. It is just so beautiful, the vistas, the way she has decorated it…is a total dream. Then you step inside and see the talent just overflows. What a treat to see inside her beautiful home and get to know a bit about the process and how she thinks when it comes to decorating, clearly all she is doing is right on the money, she truly has such a fabulous eye. I will be guest posting over at her blog in a few weeks so stay tuned for that!  Enough of me, lets hear from Anita…….

Hello, this is Anita from Cedar Hill Ranch, where we do Texas Living with a French Accent. I’m so thrilled and honored to be here talking to Tina today.  Tina has such an amazing home and has such incredible taste.  Things here are a little more casual, but I’m getting ahead of myself…
 
 
1. How long have you been in your present home?  Is this it for the long haul? Anything you would care to change if you could? 
 The question is a simple one, but my answer is a complicated one.  We divide our time between our city house and our 30 acre Round Top ranch.  We have been in our present city home for 23 years. It is a fairly typical suburban brick house built in 1978, that has served our family well over the years, but no, it’s not my dream house.  There are a lot of things I would like to change about the house, which is why we are building a new one right now. So what would I change translates into what am I changing and here’s some of the things we doing in the new house that are not in the old city house;
Back of our new craftsman style city house during construction

wood sash windowspedestal and claw foot tubsfarmhouse sink48 inch pro gas rangebuilt-in stainless refrigerator unit and freezer unitreclaimed hardwoods butlers pantryvessel sink in guest bathbuilt-in cabinets to hide large flat panel TVopen concept living room/kitchen7 foot kitchen islandhanging barn doors to study Then there’s the Round Top ranch. The house at the ranch is fairly new. We had it built in 2009. We love it so much, that yes we plan to keep it for as long as we are on this earth.   

 

2. If you could only live in two rooms of your house, which two would they be?
 Oh Tina, that would have to be my living room and my bedroom.
These are the rooms I worked the hardest on to transform from deep reds to a calming neutral palette. 

3. How would you describe your decorating style?
  It’s what I call Farmhouse French.  
That’s a mix of fine French elements like curvey French chairs, vintage silver, dishes, and other pretties, along with with rustic country elements like unfinished wood, and lots of baskets and rusty things.

 

4. Do you have a favorite color scheme? What is it?  
My family thought they would NEVER hear me say this, but I have to admit, it’s white.  I LOVE color and have always had lots of it in my home, but I have to admit the calm, soothing effect of white is unbeatable. 
 

And now I see what I didn’t before. Colors and patterns come and go. If you decorate with patterns, you’ll need to change them out constantly to keep from looking dated. White linen slipcovers are like the black dress of decorating – always in style and they go with everything. 
 

I’ve made my own linen slipcovers and bedding to go with my new look.  

5. Favorite room of your house and why?
   
My favorite room in the house is also my favorite place to be on earth… seriously.  If you read my blog, you probably already know the answer… my back porch at the ranch.

 
 
With a daybed I covered in linen, vintage grain sack  pillows and lots of rockers, it is a comfortable place to take in the cool breezes. 
 

I bought an antique pine table for our outdoor dining room, that can seat 10 in a pinch.

Then there’s our breakfast room table at the other end of the porch. Here I’ve set a table with bluebells from our fields. The chairs are vintage folding chairs from France.

Did I mention I hauled an inherited china cabinet from the city back here?  Notice the chandy?  My friend Peggy was about to give that to the Savlation army because it didn’t work. I converted it to a candle burning chandy and hung it back here. 
But the best part about the back porch is that we have these amazing views.

 

6. Best two tips you can give to anyone looking to tackle the decorating of their own home?  
  If you need help, ask for it. Post your question on Hometalk, Facebook or ask a blogger for advice.  I get the best advice from readers and other bloggers.  Secondly, just do it. Most changes are reversible, so it’s not the end of the world if you mess up. The wrong purchase can often be returned, sold, or moved to another room. Paint mishaps can be painted over.  I’ve made mistakes, but almost always I am able to inexpensively correct them, and I learn in the process.

   Best two things to NOT do? 

 1. If it’s remodeling – like moving a wall or new flooring, I recommend getting a professional, unless you really know what you are doing. Badly done home remodeling can really hurt your home value.2. Don’t buy it unless you LOVE it. I have gotten rid of so many things, and do you know what they all had in common? They were “bargains.”  A bargain is something marked down for sale that you wouldn’t normally buy, that no one else wants either.  These are the things you bring home because they are the right price, but you’re not crazy about them. Unless you can make them over, don’t buy them. It’s not a bargain to buy something you don’t like that you will likely give away soon. 
7. What do you think are the most important features for a kitchen?  
I would say this has to do with personal taste. For me, the two things I was looking for in my new kitchen were that it be open to the living room, and that it have a big island.  These are two features I don’t have now.  
  8. How do you like to dress up a cocktail table and console in a living room?  
This is a funny question, because I don’t have either in my living room. We have an ottoman rather than a coffee table. I do have a large console in my dining room, so I’ll address that one. I love changing things out for the seasons here, but my favorite way to dress it up is with fresh flowers.  You just can’t go wrong with fresh flowers.

 

9. Any advice on the subject of lighting? 
 Well, having owned a portrait photography business for many years, I can tell you that lighting is critical to a good photograph, so I probably look at lighting more closely than most.  I would avoid any fluorescent lighting, including CFL’s.  It has a greenish cast that you may not notice until you take a photograph without a flash.  The other advice I have would be to use lots of lamps. They add more ambiance to a room than overhead lights. During the day, I prefer natural lighting, so I open all of the shades, and soak up the sunlight, but at night I use lamplight mostly. 
  10. Do you have a favorite paint color? Do tell!  
I’m loving Sherwin Williams Collonade Gray. I haven’t used it yet, so I don’t have any photos of it, but that is my top choice to use on our new house.   I used Sherwin Williams Windsor Greige exclusively at the ranch for all of the interior rooms. 
 11. What are a couple of really simple inexpensive things you can do in your home to make it feel “homey” and inviting?
 

Vintage items and antiques add a charm and warmth to a room that is difficult to achieve otherwise.  To add warmth, I also love to add old worn baskets and antique chairs.

 

12. Fill in the blank- If money was no object, the very first thing I would buy for my home would be………….
 That’s easy, a Louis XVI wedding armoire.  I have it on my list, so I’m hoping to get one after we move. Thank you Tina for inviting me over for the interview. You had so many great questions.   If you want to see more of Cedar Hill Ranch, come over any time. If I don’t answer the door, I’m on the back porch!  
 


 
 
 
Anita every one of those pictures could be gracing a magazine cover! Just gorgeous….it is all the while beautiful, welcoming and so so warm! So agree about the abundant use of lamps, using wicker baskets and old chairs to fill and warm up a room and  never going wrong with the use of fresh flowers….right on! Wonderful tips and tidbits, and what a wonderful treat it was to get to have a peek into your beautiful home.  Here is my little bragging session on Anita’s behalf, if you aren’t already in heaven…take a look a these
 

 Is this the most amazing treehouse you have ever seen? A grown ups version….I would live there!

 Put it on the record, I am officially jealous………I have never EVER seen such a beautiful “tree house”

 I want to attend one of her countryside soirees…as pretty as a postcard!

Like a Monet painting…its so pretty!
 
 
 
Amazing, don’t you think? These bloggers just have me awed by their talent…and what fun because they each represent a totally different style yet each is so incredible beautiful. I think I have enjoyed this series more than any other and I cannot thank Anita enough for her kindness, generosity in opening up her home and for her extraordinary talents. Anita, you truly live a charmed and beautiful life! Thank you for this and thank you to all the readers for stopping in. Want more Anita? Please visit her over at her blog to say hello and tell her how much you enjoyed this. If you don’t follow her already, you should…its like a daily dose of beauty. Click here to visit. Thank you for coming by and wishing everyone a wonderful day and great start to the week!! 
 
 
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Bloggers beautiful abodes………Vicki of French Essence

Good morning friends. Hope you had a superb weekend, ours was very nice, dinner with friends, plenty of downtime, long walks, some entertaining…it was all good! And how was yours? Hope wonderful!? Oh boy,? you are in for a royal treat today from someone I consider “blogging royalty” aka a blogging doyenne to me. Sit back, relax and enjoy this gem of a post. Please say hello to the talented and ultra chic……..

Now I know to most, Vicki does not need an introduction, she is a beloved name in the world of blogs (and beyond) and amongst her many talents, which include being a world class blogger, stylemaker and entertainer, Vicki is also an accomplished author with not one but two wonderful books under her belt. I never miss a post that Vicki puts out because simply put,? I know that whatever she is talking about is something I need to know. I love her style, take on things, perspective and value her opinion greatly. Her home is the stuff dreams are made of,? and I am beyond excited that she is here with us today, opening up her home and her heart to us. To say its a treat just doesn’t properly describe what a true indulgence this post is! So enough of me, let;s hear from Vicki!
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How long have you been in your present home?? Is this it for the long haul? Anything you would care to change if you could?

We bought our home in southern France, just outside the village of Saint R?my de Provence, in 1999 and spent nearly three years restoring the house, planting an olive grove and landscaping the gardens. When we found the property it was an abandoned fruit farm with an old farmhouse that was completely uninhabitable.

What would I change? It?s hard to imagine our home any other way now, as it has largely been a work in progress over the last thirteen years? The farmhouse is very simple with a layout that still works? kitchen, dining, sitting room, library and bedrooms? We have plenty of room for friends and family and good entertaining spaces?

Now I would love to re-decorate? change some of the furniture and the colours? perhaps add a few more contemporary edges? but mostly I still pinch myself and think how fortunate I am to call Mas de B?rard home. It was a crazy, crazy dream to have a home in France and I still cannot believe that it came true?

If you could only live in two rooms of your house, which two would they be?

The kitchen because it seems to be the room where we all congregate when we are together? and when we are two it is still cosy and comfortable.

Our bedroom is one of my favourite rooms. It is spacious and overlooks the garden with a view to the mountains beyond. There is a fireplace that we light in winter? I love nothing more than an early night in front of the fire? reading or watching a film? I enjoy working in our bedroom? it is an oasis of calm where I find it easy to concentrate and write when the mood strikes me? Our farm is always busy with people coming and going? there is usually something happening downstairs? that needs my attention? a job to be done or a question to be answered? The bedroom is my haven?

How would you describe your decorating style?

Simple is probably the answer? Uncluttered and with a mix of the old and the new thrown together. Most of our furnishings have been collected in France or on our travels. Our art is primarily Australian? that reminds me of home? and the decorative bits and pieces, those we have found in flea markets over the years.

I like mixing things up, changing them around? so I am not really sure that I have a particular style? I have been influenced by my years away? it?s hard to escape the French influence? but I imagine that our home reflects our wanderlust life?

?Do you have a favorite color scheme? What is it?

I seem to gravitate to ?greige?? that mix between grey and beige that the French do so well. I do add touches of colour? but I seem to end up with a neutral palette.

One day I would really like to be brave, shock myself and decorate a home in vibrant shades?? emerald greens, reds? yellows? I admire a colourful canvas but as our Provencal landscape is really the star of our property? the neutral tones do work well? and don?t take away from the exterior.

Favorite room of your house and why?

Does the garden count? I do think of our garden as a room because for many months of the year we live outside? Between May and October we hardly spend any time indoors? About now I am thinking about how to re-style our terrace for the coming season. I like to move the furniture around the garden? to really use it? changing the areas where we dine? or making seating groups on the lawn? The beauty of Provence is the climate? it very rarely rains after April so life outdoors is a given?

Best two tips you can give to anyone looking to tackle the decorating of their own home? Best two things to NOT do?

I can only say buy what you love and take time to decorate. I have learned that short cuts don?t work? it is better to wait than rush in with a compromise that you don?t really want.

If you decorate using pieces that have meaning then your home will always be yours? it will be a reflection of who you are and the life that you have lived. Wherever you move and however frequently? your home will remain.

For me successful decorating takes planning? whether it is the design, the decoration or DIY? time taken is well spent and makes the biggest difference.

Don?t be afraid to follow the heart when decorating? we all make mistakes and there is nothing that can?t be fixed. Sometimes a leap of faith can bring the most amazing results?

What do you think are the most important features for a kitchen?

Our kitchen works hard? we are always many in the summer and in the Christmas holidays. Even though our kitchen is decorated like a dining room? it is very practical. A kitchen in the country needs to be not only homely but also efficient.

Good refrigeration, a large oven, over-sized sink and an extra dishwasher are key features when it comes to cooking for a large crowd. The design of our kitchen works very well? and if I were doing it again today I would make the same layout.

Our kitchen is a series of spaces that are connected? The central room is where the action happens? on one side is a pantry (lots of storage) with the refrigeration and the ?laundry? room. In the ?laundry room? I have another over-sized sink for flower and plant arranging. On the other side of the central space there is a corridor with a large armoire that holds our glassware and china.

The kitchen is both functional and ambient? to me that is a winning combination.

How do you like to dress up a cocktail table and console in a living room?

Always with flowers? and objects? generally reflecting the season? or my latest finds at the flea market…? In May the roses will be blooming? so all my arranging will revolve around them?

Right about now I usually clear the tables and start again? I try to do this once a year? and the only way I can ?dress up? a console is to start from the beginning? to take everything away? mix it all up and let the creativity begin.

I find that the problem is that I become so accustomed to my ?vignettes? that it is difficult to envision and re-create new scenes? Pulling everything apart really works for me.

?Any advice on the subject of lighting??

Lighting is the hardest part of a home to get right and I don?t think I have ever managed that yet. I have been involved in countless renovations and at the end I always seem to miss something?

I like lamplight, chandeliers and wall lights? spots I reserve for kitchens and bathrooms.

Building or renovating requires that you know what lighting you want to use very early on in the project? the problem is finding the decorative pieces that fit the plans. That has always been a challenge for me!

Have a favorite paint color? Do tell!

I do like the Farrow and Ball palette? Elephants Breath, Skimming Stone and Dove Tale work very well together.

? What are a couple of really simple inexpensive things you can do in your home to make it feel “homey” and inviting?

Fill the house with market flowers or foliage from the garden? put single blooms in inexpensive bottles and group them around the home? a few blooms can go a long way?

Use books to decorate? new ones, old ones? to me they really make a space feel welcome?

Paintings? they don?t have to be masterpieces? just works that you create or you love? search the flea markets for pictures that resonate? try painting with water colours?

Fabrics? vintage fabrics can be inexpensive and add a wonderful feel to any home? thrown over a sofa? or made into cushions?

And my favourite? candles? lots of them? scented and plain? different widths and different heights? in containers? or standing alone?

Fill in the blank- If money was no object, the very first thing I would buy for my home would be………….A large tapestry to hang in the stair well?? xv

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Wow…my senses are in overload.Every one of these pictures could warrant a magazine cover!? How about yours? Told you Vicki was a world class style maker, from those exquisite gardens that remind of me of a Monet painting to the ultra chic interiors, I would say Vicki your home is a dream! I can see however that it just did not happen but is a carefully curated collection of all the things you love and cherish, and the fact that it was a labor of love is absolutely evident! I share your love of flowers and I cannot blame you for saying your gardens are your favorite “room”….they are positively heavenly!?

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As I had mentioned Vicki has put out two fabulous books, and they are absolute must haves if you are like me, and an avid book collector of beautiful coffee table books!? You can purchase Vicki’s books through her website. In addition? here’s a peek at a few other images of Vicki’s charmed French life…..

Yes, this iconic picture of this storybook entrance is Vicki’s! One of my all time favorites!!



? Most of these lovely photos were taken by Carla Coulson? for Living4Media

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If you are one of the few who does not know of French Essence, by all means do go over and subscribe/follow her…..it will become a daily habit, trust me! Click here to visit and get to know more about Vicki and her charmed French life. Many thanks Vicki for opening up your magnificent home to my readers and I and to everyone else for? stopping in to say hello and see what’s happening over here. Wishing every one of you a fabulous day!

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Bloggers beautiful abodes………Vicki of French Essence

Good morning friends. Hope you had a superb weekend, ours was very nice, dinner with friends, plenty of downtime, long walks, some entertaining…it was all good! And how was yours? Hope wonderful!  Oh boy,  you are in for a royal treat today from someone I consider “blogging royalty” aka a blogging doyenne to me. Sit back, relax and enjoy this gem of a post. Please say hello to the talented and ultra chic……..

Now I know to most, Vicki does not need an introduction, she is a beloved name in the world of blogs (and beyond) and amongst her many talents, which include being a world class blogger, stylemaker and entertainer, Vicki is also an accomplished author with not one but two wonderful books under her belt. I never miss a post that Vicki puts out because simply put,  I know that whatever she is talking about is something I need to know. I love her style, take on things, perspective and value her opinion greatly. Her home is the stuff dreams are made of,  and I am beyond excited that she is here with us today, opening up her home and her heart to us. To say its a treat just doesn’t properly describe what a true indulgence this post is! So enough of me, let;s hear from Vicki!
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How long have you been in your present home?  Is this it for the long haul? Anything you would care to change if you could?

We bought our home in southern France, just outside the village of Saint R?my de Provence, in 1999 and spent nearly three years restoring the house, planting an olive grove and landscaping the gardens. When we found the property it was an abandoned fruit farm with an old farmhouse that was completely uninhabitable.

What would I change? It?s hard to imagine our home any other way now, as it has largely been a work in progress over the last thirteen years? The farmhouse is very simple with a layout that still works? kitchen, dining, sitting room, library and bedrooms? We have plenty of room for friends and family and good entertaining spaces?

Now I would love to re-decorate? change some of the furniture and the colours? perhaps add a few more contemporary edges? but mostly I still pinch myself and think how fortunate I am to call Mas de B?rard home. It was a crazy, crazy dream to have a home in France and I still cannot believe that it came true?

If you could only live in two rooms of your house, which two would they be?

The kitchen because it seems to be the room where we all congregate when we are together? and when we are two it is still cosy and comfortable.

Our bedroom is one of my favourite rooms. It is spacious and overlooks the garden with a view to the mountains beyond. There is a fireplace that we light in winter? I love nothing more than an early night in front of the fire? reading or watching a film? I enjoy working in our bedroom? it is an oasis of calm where I find it easy to concentrate and write when the mood strikes me? Our farm is always busy with people coming and going? there is usually something happening downstairs? that needs my attention? a job to be done or a question to be answered? The bedroom is my haven?

How would you describe your decorating style?

Simple is probably the answer? Uncluttered and with a mix of the old and the new thrown together. Most of our furnishings have been collected in France or on our travels. Our art is primarily Australian? that reminds me of home? and the decorative bits and pieces, those we have found in flea markets over the years.

I like mixing things up, changing them around? so I am not really sure that I have a particular style? I have been influenced by my years away? it?s hard to escape the French influence? but I imagine that our home reflects our wanderlust life?

 Do you have a favorite color scheme? What is it?

I seem to gravitate to ?greige?? that mix between grey and beige that the French do so well. I do add touches of colour? but I seem to end up with a neutral palette.

One day I would really like to be brave, shock myself and decorate a home in vibrant shades?  emerald greens, reds? yellows? I admire a colourful canvas but as our Provencal landscape is really the star of our property? the neutral tones do work well? and don?t take away from the exterior.

Favorite room of your house and why?

Does the garden count? I do think of our garden as a room because for many months of the year we live outside? Between May and October we hardly spend any time indoors? About now I am thinking about how to re-style our terrace for the coming season. I like to move the furniture around the garden? to really use it? changing the areas where we dine? or making seating groups on the lawn? The beauty of Provence is the climate? it very rarely rains after April so life outdoors is a given?

Best two tips you can give to anyone looking to tackle the decorating of their own home? Best two things to NOT do?

I can only say buy what you love and take time to decorate. I have learned that short cuts don?t work? it is better to wait than rush in with a compromise that you don?t really want.

If you decorate using pieces that have meaning then your home will always be yours? it will be a reflection of who you are and the life that you have lived. Wherever you move and however frequently? your home will remain.

For me successful decorating takes planning? whether it is the design, the decoration or DIY? time taken is well spent and makes the biggest difference.

Don?t be afraid to follow the heart when decorating? we all make mistakes and there is nothing that can?t be fixed. Sometimes a leap of faith can bring the most amazing results?

What do you think are the most important features for a kitchen?

Our kitchen works hard? we are always many in the summer and in the Christmas holidays. Even though our kitchen is decorated like a dining room? it is very practical. A kitchen in the country needs to be not only homely but also efficient.

Good refrigeration, a large oven, over-sized sink and an extra dishwasher are key features when it comes to cooking for a large crowd. The design of our kitchen works very well? and if I were doing it again today I would make the same layout.

Our kitchen is a series of spaces that are connected? The central room is where the action happens? on one side is a pantry (lots of storage) with the refrigeration and the ?laundry? room. In the ?laundry room? I have another over-sized sink for flower and plant arranging. On the other side of the central space there is a corridor with a large armoire that holds our glassware and china.

The kitchen is both functional and ambient? to me that is a winning combination.

How do you like to dress up a cocktail table and console in a living room?

Always with flowers? and objects? generally reflecting the season? or my latest finds at the flea market…  In May the roses will be blooming? so all my arranging will revolve around them?

Right about now I usually clear the tables and start again? I try to do this once a year? and the only way I can ?dress up? a console is to start from the beginning? to take everything away? mix it all up and let the creativity begin.

I find that the problem is that I become so accustomed to my ?vignettes? that it is difficult to envision and re-create new scenes? Pulling everything apart really works for me.

 Any advice on the subject of lighting? 

Lighting is the hardest part of a home to get right and I don?t think I have ever managed that yet. I have been involved in countless renovations and at the end I always seem to miss something?

I like lamplight, chandeliers and wall lights? spots I reserve for kitchens and bathrooms.

Building or renovating requires that you know what lighting you want to use very early on in the project? the problem is finding the decorative pieces that fit the plans. That has always been a challenge for me!

Have a favorite paint color? Do tell!

I do like the Farrow and Ball palette? Elephants Breath, Skimming Stone and Dove Tale work very well together.

  What are a couple of really simple inexpensive things you can do in your home to make it feel “homey” and inviting?

Fill the house with market flowers or foliage from the garden? put single blooms in inexpensive bottles and group them around the home? a few blooms can go a long way?

Use books to decorate? new ones, old ones? to me they really make a space feel welcome?

Paintings? they don?t have to be masterpieces? just works that you create or you love? search the flea markets for pictures that resonate? try painting with water colours?

Fabrics? vintage fabrics can be inexpensive and add a wonderful feel to any home? thrown over a sofa? or made into cushions?

And my favourite? candles? lots of them? scented and plain? different widths and different heights? in containers? or standing alone?

Fill in the blank- If money was no object, the very first thing I would buy for my home would be………….A large tapestry to hang in the stair well?  xv

 
 
Wow…my senses are in overload.Every one of these pictures could warrant a magazine cover!  How about yours? Told you Vicki was a world class style maker, from those exquisite gardens that remind of me of a Monet painting to the ultra chic interiors, I would say Vicki your home is a dream! I can see however that it just did not happen but is a carefully curated collection of all the things you love and cherish, and the fact that it was a labor of love is absolutely evident! I share your love of flowers and I cannot blame you for saying your gardens are your favorite “room”….they are positively heavenly! 
 
As I had mentioned Vicki has put out two fabulous books, and they are absolute must haves if you are like me, and an avid book collector of beautiful coffee table books!  You can purchase Vicki’s books through her website. In addition  here’s a peek at a few other images of Vicki’s charmed French life…..

Yes, this iconic picture of this storybook entrance is Vicki’s! One of my all time favorites!!

  Most of these lovely photos were taken by Carla Coulson  for Living4Media
 
If you are one of the few who does not know of French Essence, by all means do go over and subscribe/follow her…..it will become a daily habit, trust me! Click here to visit and get to know more about Vicki and her charmed French life. Many thanks Vicki for opening up your magnificent home to my readers and I and to everyone else for  stopping in to say hello and see what’s happening over here. Wishing every one of you a fabulous day!
 
 
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Guest posting today over at Chic Coastal Living!

Don’t forget about the awesome giveaway from Angelas Garden!

Happy Wednesday morning! A reminder that I am over at Desiree’s wonderful blog, Chic Coastal Living today. I hope you will visit my post on spring entertaining! (if spring ever comes that is:) Click here to visit me.


Chic Coastal Living is like? a big breath of fresh ocean air…..always something beautiful, crisp, clean and fabulous going on over there so I was both honored and flattered that lovely Desiree chose me to be a contributing editor.?
In case you missed my post yesterday with house updates and a wonderful giveaway opportunity, do click here! (you must leave a comment on that post to be eligible)
Thanks for stopping in and wishing you a fabulous day.
Here’s a sneak peek at my guest post………click here to come on over!

See you over there!! Remember also to all my shop customers, please send in your pictures of your homes/rooms using products you have bought from me.? I would love to add them to my online gallery!! Click here to email me your pictures.

And here to visit me over at Chic Coastal Living…see you over there!

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GIVEAWAY!! Are you still with me? Finally a wonderful giveaway from my favorite gardening website, Angelas garden. In honor of the spring and gardening season just arriving, they are offering a wonderful gardening giveaway of a gorgeous pair of gardening gloves and matching knee pads!! Such a great thing to win….and the perfect items to get your green thumb in motion!?

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To be eligible, just visit Angela’s Garden by clicking here, come back and tell me a favorite item or pattern. Want a second chance? Like them or leave a comment on their Facebook page,? click here to visit them at Facebook. I will announce? the lucky winner on Saturday morning!

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All anonymous users…you MUST include your first name and last name initial in the body of the comment to be eligible.

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And the matching knee pads (all available in one of four colors)

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Guest posting today over at Chic Coastal Living!

Don’t forget about the awesome giveaway from Angelas Garden!

Happy Wednesday morning! A reminder that I am over at Desiree’s wonderful blog, Chic Coastal Living today. I hope you will visit my post on spring entertaining! (if spring ever comes that is:) Click here to visit me.

Chic Coastal Living is like  a big breath of fresh ocean air…..always something beautiful, crisp, clean and fabulous going on over there so I was both honored and flattered that lovely Desiree chose me to be a contributing editor. 
In case you missed my post yesterday with house updates and a wonderful giveaway opportunity, do click here! (you must leave a comment on that post to be eligible)
Thanks for stopping in and wishing you a fabulous day.
Here’s a sneak peek at my guest post………click here to come on over!

See you over there!! Remember also to all my shop customers, please send in your pictures of your homes/rooms using products you have bought from me I would love to add them to my online gallery!! Click here to email me your pictures.

And here to visit me over at Chic Coastal Living…see you over there!

Giveaway details…….

 
 
GIVEAWAY!! Are you still with me? Finally a wonderful giveaway from my favorite gardening website, Angelas garden. In honor of the spring and gardening season just arriving, they are offering a wonderful gardening giveaway of a gorgeous pair of gardening gloves and matching knee pads!! Such a great thing to win….and the perfect items to get your green thumb in motion! 
 
To be eligible, just visit Angela’s Garden by clicking here, come back and tell me a favorite item or pattern. Want a second chance? Like them or leave a comment on their Facebook page,  click here to visit them at Facebook. I will announce  the lucky winner on Saturday morning!
 
All anonymous users…you MUST include your first name and last name initial in the body of the comment to be eligible.
 

 

And the matching knee pads (all available in one of four colors)

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