Guest posting over at Haus Design-“My last supper”

Hi and happy Monday  and Martin Luther King day to you. Hope you had a great weekend. Ours was quite relaxing, dinners with friends, had some friends over for drinks, a little retail therapy, a few movies. My kind of weekend! And to boot, my wish is finally coming true…we are getting snow, woo hoo! We are also getting frigid temps, that could be record setting (not part of my deal but nothing I can do) however I am sooo excited about getting snow, a bit tonight and possibly a lot on Friday……
 
 I am delighted to be over at one of my blogging buddies blogs today, Haus Design. I know many of you know stylsih sweet Barbara and her beautiful blog that always has something beautiful to share, espeically her “al fresco” pictures, they are bar none and I have gotten oodles of inspiration from her blog!  I was so excited about her idea to have different bloggers post about what they would do for their ” Last supper”. It made for a really interesting post and I so enjoyed putting it together. So….please do stop over and visit us!  I promise its really fun and entertaining. Hope to see you over there! Click here to visit. A few hints of my post……….
 

 
 
And reminder….one more day to enter the shoe ottoman giveaway from Safavieh. 

 
Click here to go to Sundays post to leave a comment and be eligible. I will announce a lucky winner tomorrow. Have a wonderful Monday and a fabulous start to your week!
 
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Guest posting over at Haus Design-"My last supper"

Hi and happy Monday? and Martin Luther King day to you. Hope you had a great weekend. Ours was quite relaxing, dinners with friends, had some friends over for drinks, a little retail therapy, a few movies. My kind of weekend! And to boot, my wish is finally coming true…we are getting snow, woo hoo! We are also getting frigid temps, that could be record setting (not part of my deal but nothing I can do) however I am sooo excited about getting snow, a bit tonight and possibly a lot on Friday……

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?I am delighted to be over at one of my blogging buddies blogs today, Haus Design. I know many of you know stylsih sweet Barbara and her beautiful blog that always has something beautiful to share, espeically her “al fresco” pictures, they are bar none and I have gotten oodles of inspiration from her blog!? I was so excited about her idea to have different bloggers post about what they would do for their ” Last supper”. It made for a really interesting post and I so enjoyed putting it together. So….please do stop over and visit us!? I promise its really fun and entertaining. Hope to see you over there! Click here to visit. A few hints of my post……….

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And reminder….one more day to enter the shoe ottoman giveaway from Safavieh.?

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Click here to go to Sundays post to leave a comment and be eligible. I will announce a lucky winner tomorrow. Have a wonderful Monday and a fabulous start to your week!

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Enchanted guest #4, say hi to Barbara from Haus Design!



Good morning! Hope everyone is staying as calm as can be expected given that we are just a few days away from Christmas!! Today and tomorrow I am featuring two fabulous guest bloggers and Friday I will be back with my usual Thursday post and house updates.  For today, I am so happy to be here with my enchanted guest #4, say hi to Barbara from Haus Design. Barbara has quite a treat for you today so sit back and relax and take in all the beauty. If you aren’t already familiar with Haus Design you must pay her a visit. 
Barbara has fabulous taste and blogs on everything from gorgeous European influenced design to wonderful exotic locales and unique tidbits on interior design, travel  and architecture. Barbara’s classy and elegant ways draw you right in and Haus Design always delivers!! This post, all about beautiful holiday gift wrap, was magnificently put together by Barbara and I hope you enjoy it! Chock full of yummy gift wrapping inspiration sure to inspire even the most apprehensive gift wrapper!  Thank you Barbara and take it away…..



Hi Everyone!  I’m Barbara from HausDesign and I am so excited to be guest posting for Tina while she is moving into her new home.  Tina has become such a wonderful friend to me and supportive in so many ways – even across all of the miles that separate us – so I’m glad I could help out, even in a small way.   

via Griege Blog

For today’s post, I asked Tina if I could write about gift wrapping ideas because I love adding a special touch to even the humblest of gifts.  Of course this is the perfect time of year for creative gift wrapping ideas, but actually many of these ideas could be carried over throughout the year.  I have put together a few of my favorites for all of you today.  Enjoy!

Elegant Inspirations:
A refreshing mix of patterns and playful colors…
Pinned Image
Martha Stewart
via birds next blog
I love to include a fir bough or sprig of holly to winter packages – it adds dimension and freshens up the whole look!
Pinned Image
Tobi Fairley
A fun twist on traditional holiday colors and themes or this would also be beautiful in January!  I love adding a small item tied with the ribbon, like they did here with the chopsticks.?
Jones Design Company
You can find these beautiful printable tags here.
I used those on all of my gifts last year and they were so pretty! 
Creative Twists:
Pinned Image

Keep cellophane bags and simple stickers on hand…then all you need to add is some pretty ribbon (and maybe some mistletoe) for a gorgeous presentation!
?
How fun is this for an aspiring (or accomplished) artist??

bijoulovelydesigns.com
These would also make a beautiful addition to a bottle of wine as a hostess gift.
The feather is a creative touch, as is wrapping in a beautiful fabric…
This idea has been around for a while, but I still love it.  It’s earth friendly too!
I love this idea for big and little kids!
Pinned Image
crazydomestic.com
An easy DIY: personalized bags for your guests.
Edible Gifts:?
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thinkgarnish.com
You could also personalize the label with anything you want…
Martha Stewart
Pretty food with wrapping as part of the gift:  clever!
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Personalized Gifts:
Pinned Image
Martha Stewart
Grandparents would go crazy for this type of wrapping…aunts too.  🙂

TomKat Studios
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thehaystackneedleonline.com
I hope you found some inspiration you could use for your holiday gifts today!
Tina, thanks so much for having me and I wish you all the best with your big move!  🙂

Barbara, so many beautiful ways to think about how to wrap a gift. Many here that all of us can do, even for the “gift wrapped challenged”!! Many thanks for stopping by and wishing you the happiest of holidays! Please pop over and visit Barabara over at Haus Design. Click here to visit! The countdown is officially on……have a wonderful day and thank you Barbara for giving me new vigor in wrapping my last batch of gifts! Happy wrapping everyone!

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Enchanted guest #4, say hi to Barbara from Haus Design!



Good morning! Hope everyone is staying as calm as can be expected given that we are just a few days away from Christmas!! Today and tomorrow I am featuring two fabulous guest bloggers and Friday I will be back with my usual Thursday post and house updates. ?For today, I am so happy to be here with my enchanted guest #4, say hi to Barbara from?Haus?Design. Barbara has quite a treat for you today so sit back and relax and take in all the beauty. If you aren’t already familiar with?Haus?Design?you must pay her a visit.?
Barbara has fabulous taste and blogs on everything from gorgeous European influenced design to wonderful exotic locales and unique tidbits on interior design, travel ?and architecture. Barbara’s classy and elegant ways draw you right in and?Haus?Design?always delivers!! This post, all about beautiful holiday gift wrap, was magnificently put together by Barbara and I hope you enjoy it! Chock full of yummy gift wrapping inspiration sure to inspire even the most apprehensive gift wrapper! ?Thank you Barbara and take it away…..



Hi Everyone!? I’m Barbara from HausDesign and I am so excited to be guest posting for Tina?while she is?moving into her new home.? Tina has become such a wonderful friend to me and supportive in so many ways – even across all of the miles that separate us – so I’m glad I could help out, even?in a small way.???

via Griege Blog

For today’s post, I asked?Tina if I could write about gift wrapping ideas because?I love adding a special touch to even the humblest of gifts.? Of course this is?the perfect time of year for creative gift wrapping ideas,?but actually many of these ideas could be carried over throughout the year.??I have put together?a few?of my favorites for all of you today.? Enjoy!

Elegant Inspirations:
A refreshing?mix of patterns and playful colors…
Pinned Image
Martha Stewart
via birds next blog
I love to include a fir bough or sprig of holly to winter packages – it adds dimension and freshens up the whole look!
Pinned Image
Tobi Fairley
A fun twist on traditional holiday colors and themes or this would also be beautiful in January!? I love adding a small item tied with the ribbon, like they did here with the chopsticks.?
Jones Design Company
You can find these beautiful?printable tags here.
I used those on all of?my gifts last year and they were so pretty!?
Creative Twists:
Pinned Image

Keep cellophane?bags and simple stickers?on hand…then all you need to add is some pretty ribbon (and maybe some mistletoe)?for a gorgeous presentation!
?
How fun is this for an aspiring (or accomplished) artist??

bijoulovelydesigns.com
These would also make a beautiful addition to a bottle of wine as a hostess gift.
The feather is a creative touch, as is wrapping in a beautiful fabric…
This idea has been around for a while, but I still love it.? It’s earth friendly too!
I love this idea for big and little kids!
Pinned Image
crazydomestic.com
An easy DIY: personalized bags for your guests.
Edible Gifts:?
Pinned Image
Pinned Image
thinkgarnish.com
You could also personalize the label with anything you want…
Martha Stewart
Pretty food with wrapping as part of the gift:? clever!
Pinned Image
Personalized Gifts:
Pinned Image
Martha Stewart
Grandparents would go crazy for this type of wrapping…aunts too.? 🙂

TomKat Studios
Pinned Image
thehaystackneedleonline.com
I hope you found some inspiration you could use for your holiday gifts today!
Tina, thanks so much for having me and I wish you all the best with your big move!? 🙂

Barbara, so many beautiful ways to think about how to wrap a gift. Many here that all of us can do, even for the “gift wrapped challenged”!! Many thanks for stopping by and wishing you the happiest of holidays! Please pop over and visit Barabara over at Haus Design. Click here to visit! The countdown is officially on……have a wonderful day and thank you Barbara for giving me new vigor in wrapping my last batch of gifts! Happy wrapping everyone!

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Things I am loving Thursday and house updates!

Good morning everyone! I  hope everyone is having a great week. Mine has been good, hectic, crazy and productive. As I say nearly every week, my weeks are mostly consumed with “house biz” but I have managed to do some fun things too, I have learned if one thing, that we must make time to take care of ourselves and do something fun and enjoyable every now and then,  whether its indulging in an afternoon movie-check, a great book-check, a long leisurely lunch with a treasured friend-check, dinner with hubby with a great bottle of wine-check and a little shopping spree-check! 
So you know some of what I have been up to this week, mind you its not been all fun and games. Not to fear there has been tons of stress as well (think backed up cesspools, a total utter mess and feeling a little under the weather but having to plug ahead) and all this while juggling many other obligations, things I am involved in, trying to make book club meetings and figuring out what I am going to do with myself when I move! I have thankfully, some interesting opportunities but want to take it one step at a time. Enough about me…hows your week going? Have you discovered anything that’s worth sharing? Do tell…you know I love learning about all kinds of new happenings! Lots of randomness here so here it goes……

Before we begin, I know everyone loves to see the results of this weeks “Which would you choose” so here are the four finalists-

                                                 1st place  with a whopping 45 votes

2nd place with 32 votes
3rd place with 26 votes
Tied for 4th place with 22 votes each
Thanks for participating..did your favorite make it? Until next weeks “which would you choose”….

HOUSE UPDATES. This feels like that 5 steps forward 2 steps backward kind of thing. A lot has gotten done, but now its mostly covered. Our beautiful staircase and railing covered. My beloved old stone floors covered. My stunning new iron front door covered. My newly stained gorgeous wood floors covered. My beautiful marble counter tops covered. I just want to have a paper and cardboard ripping session and just like a madwomen go throughout the house and rip away all the coverings. However truth be told, if it was all removed, you would see lots of progress has been made. Upstairs doorknobs are being put on, a sure sign that the end is near. Carpeting getting put in later this week, another good sign. Search still on for marble island, going look at a few things later this week. Fingers crossed. Limestone finally has gotten started for surround but this will be no easy feat. I know understand why Rome wasn’t built in a day! Many many parts and pieces all over, most in but some we are still waiting to finish carving on…..ugh, more waiting!  The stain totally done in family room…looks fabulous. So below some highlights, bear in mind a lot of the house is “under wraps” now, even the kitchen now…so took a few final pictures until the unveiling!  I think I have talked enough, let me show you!

Take a good look at that white range, you won’t see it next week!

Sconces for upstairs hallway
A gorgeous fabric contender for library eventually when we get around to it!
Totally using this velvet, looooove it, its actually a very dark Loden green

A close up of the beginning stage of the limestone

Eventual mantle to be installed hopefully in about 3-4 weeks!
Looking from room into kitchen

This picture accurately shows the color

                           Very blurry close up of hardware, pulls so far have gone on, knobs to come-

Wow my photography skills suck! Sorry for the blurry and crooked pics..gotta step it up!

A VERY ENTERTAINING DOCUMENTARY. OK, a disclaimer….this is almost comical in some instances. Well I take it back, it IS comical. But highly entertaining if you don’t get nauseous first. This is all about the ultra high stakes game of getting your three old into one of the best pre schools in Manhattan. Mind you, this “game” starts at about an hour after these babies are born, I kid you not. A friend who lives in the city and whose children attend one of these “trophy” schools told me about this film and I really enjoyed it all the while kissing the ground that I am not living in NYC with a 3 year old right now. (For the record we moved out when my eldest was 1 and looking at preschools was not on my radar-call me negligent). So if this sounds like something you might enjoy, its called “Nursery University” (could not be more apropos). It is available on Netflix and it is quite amusing.  Proceed at your own risk:)

A WONDERFUL GIFT FROM A KIND BLOGGING FRIEND. You know how you just “connect”with certain people though you have never met, you are just certain that you would become great friends if you lived nearby. Well, I am lucky to say I feel that way about quite a few of my blogging friends, one of whom is the lovely Barbara from Haus Design ( a great blog if you haven’t visited). Well, Barbara surprised me and sent me the most beautiful linen table runner/tablecloth!! It is old and apparently from an old palace in Bavaria….and I am so humbled and honored that she thought to send it to me.  I promise your kindness will be remembered every time I see it!! You too can be the recipient of Barbara’s talented and honed eye for beauty…she is soon opening her online store, Linen Haus

A GREAT NEW COOKBOOK AND A FEW NEW BOOKS ON THEIR WAY. You know my penchant for a bevy of random books. I got the new Beekman  cookbook and am loving it, great recipes, interesting tidbits about their farm,etc..great gift idea too! Then on their way are two very interesting and entertaining books below which I cannot wait to delve into……

And I am waiting on these two random but what I know will be entertaining reads….
This is about  13 short stories from women of all ages, talking about their life, food and their issues with dieting, body image,love, letting go, and loss.  I know this is going to be a fun read!
And then for anyone who enjoys wine and reading more about it, this is a true story about 3 very rare bottles of Chateau Lafite found in a Parisian basement thought to have been bought originally by Thomas Jefferson. This story with a twist ends in a crazy lawsuit…to know the rest we will need to read it, which I plan on doing….I think this sounds totally fascinating!
SOME PRETTY SPIFFY HARDWARE. I have been really lax about the hardware for my bathroom and  hubbies (though I think I squared his away, just went classic, masculine and traditional) but for mine I wanted something a little different, something feminine, old world, classic and timeless. I must hand credit to Anthropologie they really do get some very unique things in and by chance I found this scrumptious hardware, which I have ordered one’s of to give it a try. What do you think? Who knew!!

Great looking mercury glass knob

This crystal is timeless

A knob with your initial…how sweet!

Delicate with a pretty vintage vibe

Maybe a powder room? So pretty with the cut crystal

Loving this pull….ordered one to try for my vanity.
MY LANTERNS FOR MY KITCHEN! I am very very excited to present to you my lanterns that are on their way to my kitchen!! These are exactly what I had in mind and I am thrilled to have found them. Let me present the newest addition to my  house family…..
AND FINALLY…..A FABULOUS GIVEAWAY. TODAY folks is the last day to leave your comment on Facebook for Safavieh F to be eligible for this oh so beautiful telephone table!! I will draw a name first thing tomorrow morning and announce the lucky winner Friday morning. Good luck! Here is the low down…..

Now onto a fabulous giveaway, Safavieh has once again generously donated this amazingly elegant “telephone” or end table… talk about versatile! This could go anywhere, and is such a great looking little piece. It is very simple to be eligible to win. (You get your choice in color)





TO ENTER:
1. Visit Safavieh at www.safaviehhome.com
2. Choose a favorite item, then go to their Facebook page and tell them what you love and be sure you mention you are from The Enchanted Home.
3. Click here to go to Facebook or while on their website,on the home page there is an “F” (Facebook symbol)  to take you there.
4. You will not be eligible unless you have left a message on Facebook.
5. I will announce the lucky winner on Friday!


OK everyone…that’s this Thursday for me! Hope you are having a wonderful week, and please let me know if there is something you want to share!

ONE MORE THING…….

OK OK….I know you thought I forgot. I didn’t, several of you were intrigued by my oatmeal cookie binge. Yes they really were THAT good. With an iced cold glass of milk, right out of the oven, these babies blow therapy away. (Have never been but many of my friends do and swear by it) Well I have a cheap and yummy alternative! So without delay, in case I have passed the cookie craving onto you, here is the recipe, originally found over at the great blog,  Splendid Market….I substituted the chocolate chips for nuts and left half just plain oatmeal. Make them, you won’t be sorry….they were worth every calorie. 


Selma?s Best Oatmeal Cookies, ala Splendid Market
1 cup (2 sticks) salted, softened butter?
1 cup sugar?
1/2 cup brown sugar?
1 beaten egg
1 1/2 cups flour?
1 tsp. baking soda?
1/4 tsp. salt?
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 1/2 cups quick rolled oats?
3/4 cup chocolate chips?
1 tsp. vanilla
?              Preheat oven to 350 degrees (180 C).
?              Cream together butter, sugar, brown sugar
?              Create a bowl in the center of the creamed mixture, beat the egg and then blend the egg and vanilla into this mixture.
?              In another bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Add to creamed mixture.
?              Add oats, chocolate chips.
?              Next, Selma says to chill the dough for 1 hour, and put walnut sized pieces on a baking sheet. Then butter the bottom of a small glass and dip it in sugar, and flatten each cookie with the glass. I have had fine results just dropping spoonfuls of the dough onto a silpat covered baking sheet, and skipping the sugared glass step.

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Things I am loving Thursday and house updates!

Good morning everyone! I ?hope everyone is having a great week. Mine has been good, hectic, crazy and productive. As I say nearly every week, my weeks are mostly consumed with “house biz” but I have managed to do some fun things too, I have learned if one thing, that we must make time to take care of ourselves and do something fun and enjoyable every now and then, ?whether its indulging in an afternoon movie-check, a great book-check, a long leisurely lunch with a treasured friend-check, dinner with?hubby with a great bottle of wine-check and a little shopping spree-check!?

So you know some of what I have been up to this week, mind you its not been all fun and games. Not to fear there has been tons of stress as well (think backed up cesspools, a total utter mess and feeling a little under the weather but having to plug ahead)?and all this while juggling many other obligations, things I am involved in, trying to make book club meetings and figuring out what I am going to do with myself when I move! I have thankfully, some interesting opportunities but want to take it one step at a time. Enough about me…hows your week going? Have you discovered anything that’s worth sharing? Do tell…you know I love learning about all kinds of new happenings! Lots of randomness here so here it goes……



Before we begin, I know everyone loves to see the results of this weeks “Which would you choose” so here are the four finalists-



? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?1st place ?with a whopping 45 votes

2nd place with 32 votes
3rd place with 26 votes
Tied for 4th place with?22 votes each
Thanks for participating..did your favorite make it? Until next weeks “which would you choose”….

HOUSE UPDATES. This feels like that 5 steps forward 2 steps backward kind of thing. A lot has gotten done, but now its mostly covered. Our beautiful staircase and railing covered. My beloved old stone floors covered. My stunning new iron front door covered. My newly stained gorgeous wood floors covered. My beautiful marble counter tops covered. I just want to have a paper and cardboard ripping session and just like a madwomen go throughout the house and rip away all the coverings. However truth be told, if it was all removed, you would see lots of progress has been made. Upstairs doorknobs are being put on, a sure sign that the end is near. Carpeting getting put in later this week, another?good sign. Search still on for marble island, going look at a few things later this week. Fingers crossed. Limestone finally has gotten started for surround but this will be no easy feat. I know understand why Rome wasn’t built in a day! Many many parts and pieces all over, most in but some we are still waiting to finish carving on…..ugh, more waiting! ?The stain totally done in family room…looks fabulous. So below some highlights, bear in mind a lot of the house is “under wraps” now, even the kitchen now…so took a few final pictures until the unveiling! ?I think I have talked enough, let me show you!



Take a good look at that white range, you won’t see it next week!

Sconces for upstairs hallway
A gorgeous fabric contender for library eventually when we get around to it!
Totally using this velvet, looooove it, its actually a very dark Loden green

A close up of the beginning stage of the limestone

Eventual mantle to be installed hopefully in about 3-4 weeks!
Looking from room into kitchen

This picture accurately shows the color

? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?Very blurry close up of hardware, pulls so far have gone on, knobs to come-

Wow my photography skills suck! Sorry for the blurry and crooked pics..gotta step it up!

A VERY ENTERTAINING DOCUMENTARY. OK, a disclaimer….this is almost comical in some instances. Well I take it back, it IS comical. But highly entertaining if you don’t get nauseous first. This is all about the ultra high stakes game of getting your three old into one of the best pre schools in Manhattan. Mind you, this “game” starts at about an hour after these babies are born, I kid you not. A friend who lives in the city and whose children attend one of these “trophy” schools told me about this film and I really enjoyed it all the while kissing the ground that I am not living in NYC with a 3 year old right now. (For the record we moved out when my eldest was 1 and looking at preschools was not on my radar-call me negligent). So if this sounds like something you might enjoy, its called “Nursery University” (could not be more apropos). It is available on Netflix and it is quite amusing. ?Proceed at your own risk:)

A WONDERFUL GIFT FROM A KIND BLOGGING FRIEND. You know how you just “connect”with certain people though you have never met, you are just certain that you would become great friends if you lived nearby. Well, I am lucky to say I feel that way about quite a few of my blogging friends, one of whom is the lovely Barbara from Haus Design ( a great blog if you haven’t visited). Well, Barbara surprised me and sent me the most beautiful linen table runner/tablecloth!! It is old and apparently from an old palace in Bavaria….and I am so humbled and honored that she thought to send it to me. ?I promise your kindness will be remembered every time I see it!! You too can be the recipient of Barbara’s talented and honed eye for beauty…she is soon opening her online store, Linen Haus

A GREAT NEW COOKBOOK AND A FEW NEW BOOKS ON THEIR WAY. You know my penchant for a bevy of random books. I got the new Beekman ?cookbook and am loving it, great recipes, interesting tidbits about their farm,etc..great gift idea too!?Then on their way are two very interesting and entertaining books below which I cannot wait to delve into……

And I am waiting on these two random but what I know will be entertaining reads….
This is about ?13 short stories from women of all ages, talking about their life, food and their issues with dieting, body image,love, letting go, and loss. ?I know this is going to be a fun read!
And then for anyone who enjoys wine and reading more about it, this is a true story about 3 very rare bottles of Chateau Lafite found in a Parisian basement thought to have been bought originally by Thomas Jefferson. This story with?a twist ends in a crazy lawsuit…to know the rest we will need to read it, which I plan on doing….I think this sounds totally fascinating!
SOME PRETTY SPIFFY HARDWARE. I have been really lax about the hardware for my bathroom and ?hubbies (though I think I squared his away, just went classic, masculine and traditional) but for mine I wanted something a little different, something feminine, old world, classic and timeless. I must hand credit to Anthropologie they really do get some very unique things in and by chance I found this scrumptious hardware, which I have ordered one’s of to give it a try. What do you think? Who knew!!

Great looking mercury glass knob

This crystal is timeless

A knob with your initial…how sweet!

Delicate with a pretty vintage vibe

Maybe a powder room? So pretty with the cut crystal

Loving this pull….ordered one to try for my vanity.
MY LANTERNS FOR MY KITCHEN! I am very very excited to present to you my lanterns that are on their way to my kitchen!! These are exactly what I had in mind and I am thrilled to have found them. Let me present the newest addition to my ?house family…..
AND FINALLY…..A FABULOUS GIVEAWAY. TODAY folks is the last day to leave your comment on Facebook for Safavieh F to be eligible for this oh so beautiful telephone table!! I will draw a name first thing tomorrow morning and announce the lucky winner Friday morning. Good luck! Here is the low down…..

Now onto a fabulous giveaway,?Safavieh?has once again generously donated this amazingly elegant “telephone” or end table… talk about versatile! This could go anywhere, and is such a great looking little piece. It is very simple to be eligible to win. (You get your choice in color)






TO ENTER:

1. Visit Safavieh at?www.safaviehhome.com

2. Choose a favorite item, then go to their Facebook page and tell them what you love and be sure you mention you are from The Enchanted Home.

3. Click?here?to go to Facebook or while on their website,on the home page there is an “F” (Facebook symbol) ?to take you there.

4.?You will not be eligible unless you have left a message on Facebook.

5. I will announce the lucky winner on Friday!





OK everyone…that’s this Thursday for me! Hope you are having a wonderful week, and please let me know if there is something you want to share!



ONE MORE THING…….

OK OK….I know you thought I forgot. I didn’t, several of you were intrigued by my oatmeal cookie binge. Yes they really were THAT good. With an iced cold glass of milk, right out of the?oven, these babies blow therapy away. (Have never been but many of my friends do and swear by it) Well I have a cheap and yummy alternative! So without delay, in case I have passed the cookie craving onto you, here is the recipe, originally found over at the great blog,??Splendid Market….I substituted the chocolate chips for nuts and left half just plain oatmeal. Make them, you won’t be sorry….they were worth every calorie.?






Selma?s Best Oatmeal Cookies,?ala Splendid Market

1 cup (2 sticks) salted, softened butter?

1 cup sugar?

1/2 cup brown sugar?

1 beaten egg

1 1/2 cups flour?

1 tsp. baking soda?

1/4 tsp. salt?

1 tsp. ground cinnamon

1 1/2 cups quick rolled oats?

3/4 cup chocolate chips?

1 tsp. vanilla

???????????????Preheat oven to 350 degrees (180 C).

???????????????Cream together butter, sugar, brown sugar

???????????????Create a bowl in the center of the creamed mixture, beat the egg?and then blend the egg?and vanilla?into this mixture.
???????????????In another bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Add to creamed mixture.

???????????????Add oats, chocolate chips.

???????????????Next, Selma says to chill the dough for 1 hour, and put walnut sized pieces on a baking sheet. Then butter the bottom of a small glass and dip it in sugar, and flatten each cookie with the glass. I have had fine results just dropping spoonfuls of the dough onto a silpat covered baking sheet, and skipping the sugared glass step.

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Behind the blogger…meet Barbara from Haus Design!

Good morning…so happy to present another fabulous blogging friend in my behind the blogger series……meet Barbara from Haus Design! Barbara is a world traveler currently living in Munich, Germany. I love visiting her blog because her flavor is very much that of an seasoned international traveler, someone who has the unique gift of combining many different beautiful cultures with her fine tuned skilled eye to recognize beautiful design. It is fascinating to see things from her perspective and she is always “reporting” on something exotic and intriguing. I live my current travel deprived dreams through her!
 Besides the fact that she is one classy lady, might I say she is incredibly kind as well and this makes for a winning package!! Its only natural then that Barbara is going to soon be launching an online store which she is very excited about, understandably. The name is appropriately Linen Haus and will feature unique vintage finds from European flea markets and antique stores, most certainly things you will not find just anywhere so its worth bookmarking it now! This no doubt will become a fabulous go to source and Barbara is actively preparing to stock her new online store as we speak! If you are not already familiar with Haus Design, hope you will stop by and say hello to Barbara

Thank you Barbara for participating! Click on header below to visit Haus Design…….
So……. what inspired you to start blogging in the first place?  My husband and I bought land in our favorite neighborhood in Portland, Oregon shortly after moving to Europe four years ago.  (This may seem like a crazy idea, but land in that neighborhood is very hard to come by, so when the opportunity presented itself, we just couldn’t resist.)  That sparked the process of gathering ideas for our dream home for when we return.  Of course there has been inspiration all around me as we live and travel here in Europe, but I also discovered design blogs during our time here.  It has become a fantastic way for me to keep in touch with designers all over the world.  After becoming completely entranced by many of the blogs I was reading, I decided to dive in!  I have always loved design, and I have really enjoyed blogging every day since I started. 

How did you come up with your blog name?  As I played around with various names, incorporating the German word for House seemed like the right combination.  To me it represents a portion of my life experiences that have influenced my design preferences, as well as the timeframe when my creative side really came to the surface. 

Do you have a favorite all time movie?  I think it’s a tie between Crash and Traffic.  Both of them have multiple story lines, which I always find fascinating, and both of them deal with such difficult issues in the US that we need to address.  But that is such a serious answer!  OK for more fun movies I’d choose Ocean’s 11 or The Italian Job.  I could watch them both again and again!

You get to spend a month in the European  countryside…..is it Italy or France?  Italy and France are only 3 hours drive from my front door right now (love that) so I have been lucky enough to visit both several times. However, I’d choose Italy, hands down. The food, the architecture, the language, the people and their love of life, the history – it’s all wonderful!

Favorite meal?  Fresh made ricotta ravioli or gnocchi with a lemon cream sauce, a great Barolo, and Boccone Dolce for dessert. (See why I picked Italy??!)

Tell us as little or as much as you want to about your family.  I grew up in beautiful green Oregon with my parents and sister.  My Mom created a home for us that was a safe haven growing up – and still is today!  She decorated our family home with a beautiful, unique touch that I really admire.  My Dad is a lover of the arts and the outdoors, so I was exposed to all types of fine arts as well as exploring nature from a very early age.  I think these experiences have shaped my design choices too.  My sister is the polar opposite of me but we share the same values. I admire her for her giving heart and progressive thinking. I am married to an incredibly supportive man who calls Munich home (but is willing to call Portland home too!).  My two beautiful children are my “Angel” and my “Prince Charming” who are generous with their hugs and kisses – lucky me!  We also have an adorable black lab that was our first “baby” and is the sweetest animal on the planet. 

If you could have any career what would it be?  I would love to source products from all over the world and provide them to clients who will really enjoy and appreciate them. To me that combines many of my passions – travel, learning about other cultures, appreciating good craftsmanship, experiencing art, working with people who appreciate beautiful design…oh, and shopping! I am working on some plans now to start importing vintage flea market items from Europe and providing them via an online shop called Linen Haus, and I’m really excited about it. I hope that can materialize into a form of my dream job!

Favorite design style?  Eclectic. I love a little bit of almost everything. I think that a mix of designs and products is the only way to make a space feel truly personal. Hence the tagline for my blog: “Eclectic design ideas for fresh and unique spaces”. I think that sums it up!

If you could only live in one color what would it be?   Grey linen…it looks great with crisp white, glossy black and lots of accent colors – and it’s timeless!

Favorite season and why?  Fall…because it’s so cozy, the leaves turn gorgeous colors both in Munich and Portland, and includes my favorite holiday, Thanksgiving.

Design icon?  I really admire Kay Douglass and John Saladino.

One place you haven’t been that you want to visit?   One place I haven’t been yet is India.  I’m waiting because I want to go when I can make it an extended visit, and also when my kids can really remember the trip.  From a design standpoint, I would love to observe small-scale textile production and learn more about their techniques.

What’s your number one pet peeve?  When people are mean and the recipient didn’t deserve it!  Kindness is always a good idea.

What are the two best things about blogging?  1) The design ideas. I love that I can gather inspiration from all over the world. It fascinates me on many levels – not just the asthetic one but also seeing how people live and what they prioritize in their homes. 2) The editorial freedom. Unlike any job I have had before, I don’t have to answer to anyone in terms of what I want to post about each day, etc.  I love having the freedom to make it what I want it to be. By the way, the friendships from blogging have also been incredible. I feel very fortunate to have met so many great people along the way.  For example, Tina, we have never actually met and yet you have been wonderful to me!

You get to have a private dinner with any two people in the world, they can be from the fashion, design world, literary world, Hollywood, politics,etc….your choice. Who are the lucky two?I think I’d be the lucky one!  I’d choose Leonardo da Vinci and Cleopatra. 

Do you have a favorite saying or quote?  My sister got me a magnet a while ago that says “Life isn’t about finding yourself, it’s about creating yourself”.   As long as it’s genuine, I think there’s a lot of truth to that.  I have it in my kitchen to remind me daily to make my life what I wish it to be!

Most overrated trend right now?  Moroccan pouffs.  I don’t get what all the hoopla is about.

Reading anything interesting that you want to share?  Everything by Malcolm Gladwell fascinates me.  For fiction, I just finished Rebecca’s Tale by Sally Beauman and I loved it.  Mysteries aren’t usually my preference, but her writing was beautiful and the characters were really intriguing.

You are 18 again. What do you do?  I wouldn’t go back. Now is the best time of my life. Even though I am older, my life is healthier, fuller, and more fun, and it just keeps getting better.

What are your plans for the summer?  My parents are coming from the US for a visit.  I am so excited to see them as we only see each other once or twice a year due to the distance.  My husband and I will travel to Norway for a wedding of two very special friends and are adding a few days in Denmark.  I can’t wait to get a taste of both of those countries, their culture and of course, the design!

In ten years I will be.……………….back in Oregon, but making frequent trips to Europe to visit our family and friends.  I will hopefully be pursuing my creative dreams and helping my kids manage through their teenage years!

If you could live anywhere on earth and money was no object where would you go?  A casual beach house on the island of Sardinia, Italy, a traditional family home in the hills of Portland and a gorgeous art nouveau penthouse in downtown Munich.  Three houses isn’t asking too much, is it?  🙂

Best tip or two for any new bloggers reading this  Go for it, and stay true to who you are. I debated about blogging for a while before I started. I talked it over with my husband and he suggested I set aside and hour and see how much it “flowed”. In the first hour I had written 1500 words full of ideas for posts, etc.! I took that as a sign that it was the right next step for me. So if you feel like you are bursting with ideas, you are probably on the right track!  Try to find your edge that makes your blog unique so that your readers want to come back again and again, and then stick with it without worrying about what others think. For me, my travels have brought me a lot of experiences that I find my readers want to hear about. Find your special “something” and let your readers enjoy what you have to offer!

Blogging to me is a creative outlet that connects with me with other like-minded people and a way for me to apply my business skills from my former career in a whole new direction!

Give me four words that describe your personality.  friendly, driven, curious and impatient (at least with myself!)

And now a little recap on all the things that Barbara loves…….


Can you see why I was so happy to feature Barbara and am so blessed to count her as one of my blogging buddies! She is a quality person through and through, I especially loved what she said when asked what she would do if she was 18 all over again and anyone who includes a bowl of pasta as part of her favorite meal is a gal after my own heart!  I hope you will stop by to say hello to Barbara….and thank you so much for coming by here! Wishing you a wonderful day!

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Behind the blogger…meet Barbara from Haus Design!

Good morning…so happy to present another fabulous blogging friend in my behind the blogger series……meet Barbara from Haus Design! Barbara is a world traveler currently living in Munich, Germany. I love visiting her blog because her flavor is very much that of an seasoned international traveler, someone who has the unique gift of combining many different beautiful cultures with her fine tuned skilled eye to recognize beautiful design. It is fascinating to see things from her perspective and she is always “reporting” on something exotic and intriguing. I live my current travel deprived dreams through her!
?Besides the fact that she is one classy lady, might I say she is incredibly kind as well and this makes for a winning package!! Its only natural then that Barbara is going to soon be launching an online store which she is very excited about, understandably. The name is appropriately Linen Haus and will feature unique vintage finds from European flea markets and antique stores, most certainly things you will not find just anywhere so its worth bookmarking it now! This no doubt will become a fabulous go to source and Barbara is actively preparing to stock her new online store as we speak! If you are not already familiar with Haus Design, hope you will stop by and say hello to Barbara

Thank you Barbara for participating! Click on header below to visit Haus Design…….
So……. what inspired you to start blogging in the first place???My husband and I bought land in?our favorite neighborhood in Portland, Oregon?shortly after moving to Europe four years ago.? (This may seem like a crazy idea, but land in that neighborhood is very hard to come by, so when the opportunity presented itself, we just couldn’t resist.)? That sparked the process of gathering ideas for our dream home for when we return.? Of course there has been inspiration all around me as we live and travel here in Europe, but I also discovered design blogs during our time here.? It has become?a fantastic way for me to keep in touch with designers all over the world.? After becoming completely entranced by many of the blogs I was reading,?I decided to dive in!? I have always loved design, and I?have?really enjoyed blogging?every day since I started.?

How did you come up with your blog name???As I played around with various names, incorporating the German word for House seemed like the right combination.??To me it represents a portion of my life experiences that have influenced my design preferences, as well as the timeframe when my creative side really came to the surface.?

Do you have a favorite all time movie???I think it’s a tie between Crash and Traffic.? Both of them have multiple?story lines, which I always find fascinating, and both of them deal with such difficult issues in the US that we need to address.? But that is such a serious answer!? OK for more fun movies I’d choose Ocean’s 11 or The Italian Job. ?I could watch them both again and again!

You get to spend a month in the European ?countryside…..is it Italy or France???Italy and France are only 3 hours drive from my front door right now (love that) so I have been lucky enough to visit both several times. However, I’d choose Italy, hands down. The food, the architecture, the language, the people and their love of life, the history – it’s all wonderful!

Favorite meal???Fresh made ricotta ravioli or gnocchi with a lemon cream sauce, a great Barolo, and Boccone Dolce for dessert. (See why I picked Italy??!)

Tell us as little or as much as you want to about your family.??I grew up in beautiful green Oregon with my parents and sister.? My Mom created a home for us that was a safe haven growing up – and still is today!? She?decorated our family?home with a beautiful, unique touch that I really admire.? My Dad is a lover of the arts and the outdoors, so?I was exposed to all types of fine arts as well as exploring nature?from a very early age.??I think these experiences have shaped my design choices too.? My sister is the polar opposite of me but we share the same values. I admire her for her giving heart and progressive thinking. I am married to an incredibly supportive man who calls Munich home (but is willing to call Portland home too!).? My two beautiful children are my “Angel” and my “Prince Charming” who are generous with their hugs and kisses – lucky me! ?We also have an adorable black lab that was our first “baby” and is the sweetest animal on the planet.?

If you could have any career what would it be???I would love to source products from all over the world and provide them to clients who will really enjoy and appreciate them. To me that combines many of my passions – travel, learning about other cultures, appreciating good craftsmanship, experiencing art, working with people who appreciate beautiful design…oh, and shopping! I am working on some plans now to start importing vintage flea market items from Europe and providing them via?an online shop called Linen Haus, and I’m really excited about it. I hope that can materialize into a form of my dream job!

Favorite design style???Eclectic. I love a little bit of almost everything. I think that a mix of designs and products is the only way to make a space feel truly personal. Hence the tagline for my blog: “Eclectic design ideas for fresh and unique spaces”. I think that sums it up!

If you could only live in one color what would it be??? Grey linen…it looks great with crisp white, glossy black and lots of accent colors -?and it’s timeless!

Favorite season and why???Fall…because it’s so cozy, the leaves turn gorgeous colors both in Munich and Portland,?and includes my favorite holiday, Thanksgiving.

Design icon?? I really admire Kay Douglass and John Saladino.

One place you haven’t?been that you want to visit??? One place I haven’t been yet is India.? I’m?waiting because I want to go when I can?make it an?extended visit, and also when my kids can really remember the trip.? From a design standpoint, I would love to observe small-scale textile production and learn more about their techniques.

What’s your number one pet peeve???When people are mean and the recipient didn’t deserve it!? Kindness is?always?a good idea.

What are the two best things about blogging? ?1) The design ideas. I love that I can gather inspiration from all over the world. It fascinates me on many levels – not just the asthetic one but also seeing how people live and what?they prioritize?in their homes.?2) The editorial freedom. Unlike any job I have had before, I don’t have to answer to anyone in terms of what I want to post about each day, etc.? I love having the freedom to make it what I want it to be.?By the way, the friendships from blogging have also been incredible.?I feel very fortunate to have met so many great people along the way.? For example, Tina, we have never actually met and yet you have been wonderful to me!

You get to have a private dinner with any two people in the world, they can be from the fashion, design world, literary world, Hollywood, politics,etc….your choice. Who are the lucky two?I think I’d be the lucky one!? I’d choose Leonardo da Vinci and Cleopatra.?

Do you have a favorite saying or quote???My sister got me a magnet a while ago?that says “Life isn’t about finding yourself, it’s about creating yourself”.?? As long as it’s genuine, I think there’s a lot of truth to that.? I have it in my kitchen to remind me daily to make my life what I wish it to be!

Most overrated trend right now???Moroccan pouffs.? I don’t get what all the hoopla is about.

Reading anything interesting that you want to share???Everything by Malcolm Gladwell fascinates me.? For fiction, I?just finished Rebecca’s Tale by Sally Beauman and I loved it.? Mysteries aren’t usually my preference, but her writing was beautiful?and the characters?were really intriguing.

You are 18 again. What do you do???I wouldn’t go back. Now is the best time of my life. Even though I am older, my life is healthier, fuller, and more fun, and it just keeps getting better.

What are your plans for the summer???My parents are coming from the US?for a visit.? I am so excited to see them as we only see each other once or twice a year due to the distance.??My husband and I will travel to Norway for a wedding of two very special friends?and are adding a few days in?Denmark.? I can’t wait to get?a taste of both of those countries, their culture and of course, the design!

In ten years I will be.……………….back in Oregon, but making frequent trips to Europe to visit our family and friends.? I will hopefully be?pursuing my creative dreams?and helping my kids manage through their teenage years!

If you could live anywhere on earth and money was no object where would you go???A casual beach house on the island of Sardinia, Italy, a traditional family home in the hills of Portland and a gorgeous art nouveau penthouse in downtown Munich.? Three houses isn’t asking too much, is it?? 🙂

Best tip or two for any new bloggers reading this??Go for it, and stay true to who you are. I?debated about blogging for a while before I started.?I talked it over with my husband and he suggested I set aside and hour and see how much it “flowed”. In the first hour I had written 1500 words full of ideas for posts, etc.! I took that as a sign that it was the right next step for me. So if you feel like you are bursting with ideas, you are probably on the right track!? Try to find your edge that makes your blog unique so that your readers want to come back again and again, and then stick with it without worrying about what others think. For me, my travels have brought me a lot of experiences that I find my readers want to hear about. Find your special “something”?and let your readers enjoy what you have to offer!

Blogging to me is?a?creative outlet?that?connects with me with other like-minded people?and?a way for me to apply my business skills from my former career?in a whole new direction!

Give me four words that describe your personality.? friendly, driven, curious and impatient (at least with myself!)



And now a little recap on all the things that Barbara loves…….




Can you see why I was so happy to feature Barbara and am so blessed to count her as one of my blogging buddies! She is a quality person through and through, I especially loved what she said when asked what she would do if she was 18 all over again and anyone who includes a bowl of pasta as part of her favorite meal is a gal after my own heart! ?I hope you will stop by to say hello to Barbara….and thank you so much for coming by here! Wishing you a wonderful day!

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