My home for Christmas 2013 and winners!

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

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

?1st winner?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The side door gets a simple oversized wreath and bow

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

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

Voila!! So easy…..and so pretty!

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Other vignettes throughout the house…

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

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

Even red Santa’s

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

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

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

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

?That makes two! Many more to come…..

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    My home for Christmas 2013 and winners!

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

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

     1st winner 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    The side door gets a simple oversized wreath and bow

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

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

    Voila!! So easy…..and so pretty!

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Add caption
    And to the back powder room….. 

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

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

     And in my family room, added some holiday touches…

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Other vignettes throughout the house…

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

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

    Even red Santa’s

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

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

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

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

     That makes two! Many more to come…..

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Midweek musings…..

      Good morning to you! Ever feel like there simply are not enough hours in your day? Well, that’s how I have felt all week and I suspect its only going to get worse as we near the holiday craziness. Thank God for coffee!? This is another all over the map post but its a fun excuse for me to talk about this and that.? On the home front, I am awaiting pillows and a dust ruffle to be done for the guest room which I cannot wait for, its coming out so? pretty! Will share as soon as its all together! I have included a few pics taken with my camera this time of the loggia all done. (taken on a dreary morning…)

      Just had the floor cleaned and grouted……cannot wait to furnish this space and light that fire!

      I just have to say again how honored I am to have been chosen by Homegoods as their blog of choice for the classic look!! It was so exciting to partner with them for the wonderful giveaway from last week. More to come!! Seeing my name on their website gives me such a thrill and truly is a wonderful validation of what I am doing….thank you Homegoods. You rock!
      Click here to take their Stylescope quiz and see what style you are!


      Saw two movies this past weekend, both which I really really enjoyed. The first one, The Intouchables I was supposed to see two weekends ago but plans changed and we didn’t go, I was bummed. I was happy we got to see it and it did not disappoint. A wonderful typically European film that touches the heart and moves the soul. I so enjoyed it as I do many foreign films.
      The second one, Arbitrage with Richard Gere and Susan Sarandon centered around a filthy rich but very corrupt wall street tycoon and the story rings true about what has gone on for so long, its well done, riveting and I also enjoyed it for different reasons.

      There are two movies coming that I cannot wait to see! Besides Le Mis of course:) I have included the trailers because I am not sure they will be considered “mainstream movies’ that you will see in every theater, but the previews have me waiting in bated breath to see them! Here they are….

      WAR OF THE BUTTONS…..




      RUST AND BONE…..

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      Seen anything good on your end lately?

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      I have never talked about of all things,? a brush before,? but seriously this brush saved my hair:) I have the most sensitive scalp on the planet, ever since I was a little I cried and cried whenever my hair was brushed. To this day when I am getting my hair done I normally wash my hair at home before going to the salon just to avoid the dreadful shampoo/scrub? that so many crave. Well……..this little brush is a miracle, I am not kidding! I venture to say I even look forward to brushing my hair, crazy? No, its incredible and for anyone who has a sensitive scalp like me or possibly girls with one….cannot recommend this enough. I call this the miracle brush but its real name is the wet brush…..the link is included under the picture. Yes, its that good!

      ?

      The Wet Brush

      ?http://www.mywetbrush.com/

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      ?


      I love to cook during the cozy season…..fall and winter. When its cold outside, nothing beats a warm something cooking away on the stove inside. I have posted about this soup before but its worth repeating, this is a very hearty soup for all you soup lovers. If could stand on its own as a meal, served with crusty french bread, yum! This is a staple in our home and it never disappoints on a cold wintry day.?

      ?


      ?

      Pasta e?Fagiole Soup

      Ingredients

      • 2 tablespoons (2 turns around the pan) extra-virgin olive oil
      • 1/8 pound (about 4 slices)?pancetta, chopped (I do not chop it, it naturally falls apart while cooking)
      • 1 (4 to 6-inch) sprig?thyme?with several sprigs on it, left intact (use sparingly)
      • 1 large fresh?bay leaf?or 2 dried bay leaves (I use 3 fresh)
      • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
      • 1 small carrot, finely chopped
      • 1 rib celery, finely chopped
      • 4 large cloves garlic, chopped
      • Coarse salt and pepper
      • 2 (15 ounce) cans cannellini beans
      • 1 cup canned tomato sauce or canned crushed?tomatoes?or fresh tomato sauce
      • 2 cups water
      • 1 quart?chicken stock
      • 1 1/2 cups ditalini
      • 1/4 cup heavy cream
      • Grated Parmigiano or?Romano, for the table

      Directions

      Heat a deep pot over medium high heat and add oil and pancetta. Brown the pancetta bits lightly, and add herb stems, bay leaf, chopped vegetables, and garlic. Season vegetables with salt and pepper. Add?beans, tomato sauce, water, and stock to pot and raise heat to high. Bring soup to a rapid boil and then simmer. Rosemary and thyme leaves will separate from stems as soup cooks. Remove herb stems and bay leaf from soup and place pot on table on a?trivet. At this point, once you have removed your pot from heat, set aside and then put in your pasta. The heat will naturally cook the pasta but just perfectly, not too hot..and will result in a soup with al dente pasta as it should be. Is anything worse than a great soup with mushy pasta? Let soup rest and begin to cool for a few minutes. Ladle soup into bowls and top with lots of grated?cheese. Serve with bread and enjoy……this is a real treat!





      Its fun sharing the results of which Would you choose and this weeks was particularly fun, so want to know who took top prize? Well there were several who vied for top spot, and a few ties. I am happy to say everyone got at least one vote, I was feeling sorry for poor Steven Spielberg but finally he got two votes, so he can sleep tonight:) Here’s the top four………

      ?


      Bill Clinton with 25 votes

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      Princess Diana with 23 votes

      Thomas Jefferson (oh yea)? with 17 votes


      Leonardo Da Vinci and Meryl with 15 votes

      ?

      And Mother Teresa, Maya and Coco were right behind Leonardo in a dead tie.



      A fascinating bunch to say the least!

      ?


      Did you know Isaac Mizrahi came out with a shoe line? I fell in love with these darling pumps, am a sucker for anything with bows. Love the combinations…ordered them in two combinations and will likely keep just one unless I happen to fall in love with both. Aren’t? these so much fun?

      ?







      Shop? news……a few of the planters/statuary items are being phased out and some beautiful new pieces added. Two of the new additions are pieces I already own and love!? All new ones will be added as of tomorrow. This is one of my favorite lines, so versatile and love that you can pick them up and carry them around, the look of real stone with the ease of fiberglass. These will all be offered in one of six finishes, so you can truly customize it to your liking! Click here to visit my shop. I cannot wait to fill mine with sprigs of holiday greenery and pinecones!

      ?

      The popular white moss finish

      Pinecone Topiary
      Love this pine cone topiary….ordered a pair in the white moss finish, so perfect for a holiday console table! Stands about 22″ tall.
      ?Feast Of Bacchus VesselEgg & Dart Round Urn 14
      ?And one of mine filled with artichokes……

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      Napkin rings…oh those napkin rings are such a hit. It is so funny because as soon as people get them they want to order more. They are like a healthy addiction.? They are one of those things you have to see in person, to feel and touch, they are truly special. I got in a few new styles. I cannot wait to set my holiday table with these babies! Here’s a few of the new ones…….

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      One of the Santas holding a tree

      Sly fox pulling a cart

      The adorable whimsical conga line (can be made with virtually any animal or breed of dog)

      The hare atop the tortoise

      The owl and bunny on a moving see saw

      Bunny pulling the cart

      Bunny in the garden

      Sly fox with pinecones
      Another adorable version of an amimal conga line
      A Basset Hound next to two birdies

      Humm…is this a Scottish terrier with his dog bowl? I need to know all you dog experts!

      A type of Terrier

      The hare atop the tortoise
      Pretty awesome aren’t they? They are soon going to have their own section on my online store but for now can be found under new additions, click here to visit.

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      You know I love showing off my customers homes that are featured in “Your enchanted homes” on my store site where I feature my customers homes and the items they bought from me, here’s a few new additions..pretty gorgeous! Click here if you want to see the rest of them. Keep em coming!?

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      Another dough bowl finds its way to a happy home:)
      Love this amazingly beautiful vignette….soooo pretty!



      My silver planter with horn handles being used in all the gorgeous bathrooms in a super elegant new bed and breakfast (more on this next week)!
      ?How about this gorgeous gracious hallway/entrance with the floral etched lantern? Stunning!
      OK, time to fess up. How many of you have gotten a new phone or were very tempted to get a new phone just because you totally fell in love with a phone case that is not made for your current phone? My hands way up in the air. I cannot wait to get my new phone…..all so I can order one of these amazingly cute, chic phone cases from the ever so talented The Pink Pagoda. I mean seriously, people…is this not the cutest phone EVER? Click here to visit and get one for yourself. Forewarning, she makes a boatload of other AMAZING items like stunning prints, pillows,etc……don’t say I didn’t warn you:)

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      Well that’s about it over here. I will probably be back on Friday to wrap up the week. What’s new with you? Are you enjoying beautiful fall foliage where you are? Here, things are really starting to rev up and its looking spectacular. I will be sure to share some of my pictures next week. We are headed up north this weekend and I will be sure my camera is charged and ready for what I know will be plenty of photo ops, I think the further north we travel the more ” peak” the foliage will be…cannot wait! Wishing you a wonderful day!


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      Midweek musings…..

      Good morning to you! Ever feel like there simply are not enough hours in your day? Well, that’s how I have felt all week and I suspect its only going to get worse as we near the holiday craziness. Thank God for coffee!  This is another all over the map post but its a fun excuse for me to talk about this and that.  On the home front, I am awaiting pillows and a dust ruffle to be done for the guest room which I cannot wait for, its coming out so  pretty! Will share as soon as its all together! I have included a few pics taken with my camera this time of the loggia all done. (taken on a dreary morning…)

      Just had the floor cleaned and grouted……cannot wait to furnish this space and light that fire!

      I just have to say again how honored I am to have been chosen by Homegoods as their blog of choice for the classic look!! It was so exciting to partner with them for the wonderful giveaway from last week. More to come!! Seeing my name on their website gives me such a thrill and truly is a wonderful validation of what I am doing….thank you Homegoods. You rock!
      Click here to take their Stylescope quiz and see what style you are!


      Saw two movies this past weekend, both which I really really enjoyed. The first one, The Intouchables I was supposed to see two weekends ago but plans changed and we didn’t go, I was bummed. I was happy we got to see it and it did not disappoint. A wonderful typically European film that touches the heart and moves the soul. I so enjoyed it as I do many foreign films.
      The second one, Arbitrage with Richard Gere and Susan Sarandon centered around a filthy rich but very corrupt wall street tycoon and the story rings true about what has gone on for so long, its well done, riveting and I also enjoyed it for different reasons.

      There are two movies coming that I cannot wait to see! Besides Le Mis of course:) I have included the trailers because I am not sure they will be considered “mainstream movies’ that you will see in every theater, but the previews have me waiting in bated breath to see them! Here they are….

      WAR OF THE BUTTONS…..

      RUST AND BONE…..
       


       
      Seen anything good on your end lately?
       
      I have never talked about of all things,  a brush before,  but seriously this brush saved my hair:) I have the most sensitive scalp on the planet, ever since I was a little I cried and cried whenever my hair was brushed. To this day when I am getting my hair done I normally wash my hair at home before going to the salon just to avoid the dreadful shampoo/scrub  that so many crave. Well……..this little brush is a miracle, I am not kidding! I venture to say I even look forward to brushing my hair, crazy? No, its incredible and for anyone who has a sensitive scalp like me or possibly girls with one….cannot recommend this enough. I call this the miracle brush but its real name is the wet brush…..the link is included under the picture. Yes, its that good!
       
      The Wet Brush
       http://www.mywetbrush.com/
       
       
      I love to cook during the cozy season…..fall and winter. When its cold outside, nothing beats a warm something cooking away on the stove inside. I have posted about this soup before but its worth repeating, this is a very hearty soup for all you soup lovers. If could stand on its own as a meal, served with crusty french bread, yum! This is a staple in our home and it never disappoints on a cold wintry day. 
       
       

      Pasta e Fagiole Soup

      Ingredients

      • 2 tablespoons (2 turns around the pan) extra-virgin olive oil
      • 1/8 pound (about 4 slices) pancetta, chopped (I do not chop it, it naturally falls apart while cooking)
      • 1 (4 to 6-inch) sprig thyme with several sprigs on it, left intact (use sparingly)
      • 1 large fresh bay leaf or 2 dried bay leaves (I use 3 fresh)
      • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
      • 1 small carrot, finely chopped
      • 1 rib celery, finely chopped
      • 4 large cloves garlic, chopped
      • Coarse salt and pepper
      • 2 (15 ounce) cans cannellini beans
      • 1 cup canned tomato sauce or canned crushed tomatoes or fresh tomato sauce
      • 2 cups water
      • 1 quart chicken stock
      • 1 1/2 cups ditalini
      • 1/4 cup heavy cream
      • Grated Parmigiano or Romano, for the table

      Directions

      Heat a deep pot over medium high heat and add oil and pancetta. Brown the pancetta bits lightly, and add herb stems, bay leaf, chopped vegetables, and garlic. Season vegetables with salt and pepper. Add beans, tomato sauce, water, and stock to pot and raise heat to high. Bring soup to a rapid boil and then simmer. Rosemary and thyme leaves will separate from stems as soup cooks. Remove herb stems and bay leaf from soup and place pot on table on a trivet. At this point, once you have removed your pot from heat, set aside and then put in your pasta. The heat will naturally cook the pasta but just perfectly, not too hot..and will result in a soup with al dente pasta as it should be. Is anything worse than a great soup with mushy pasta? Let soup rest and begin to cool for a few minutes. Ladle soup into bowls and top with lots of grated cheese. Serve with bread and enjoy……this is a real treat!

      Its fun sharing the results of which Would you choose and this weeks was particularly fun, so want to know who took top prize? Well there were several who vied for top spot, and a few ties. I am happy to say everyone got at least one vote, I was feeling sorry for poor Steven Spielberg but finally he got two votes, so he can sleep tonight:) Here’s the top four………
       

      Bill Clinton with 25 votes

       
      Princess Diana with 23 votes

      Thomas Jefferson (oh yea)  with 17 votes

      Leonardo Da Vinci and Meryl with 15 votes
       
      And Mother Teresa, Maya and Coco were right behind Leonardo in a dead tie.

      A fascinating bunch to say the least!
       
      Did you know Isaac Mizrahi came out with a shoe line? I fell in love with these darling pumps, am a sucker for anything with bows. Love the combinations…ordered them in two combinations and will likely keep just one unless I happen to fall in love with both. Aren’t  these so much fun?
       
      Shop  news……a few of the planters/statuary items are being phased out and some beautiful new pieces added. Two of the new additions are pieces I already own and love!  All new ones will be added as of tomorrow. This is one of my favorite lines, so versatile and love that you can pick them up and carry them around, the look of real stone with the ease of fiberglass. These will all be offered in one of six finishes, so you can truly customize it to your liking! Click here to visit my shop. I cannot wait to fill mine with sprigs of holiday greenery and pinecones!
       

      The popular white moss finish

      Pinecone Topiary
      Love this pine cone topiary….ordered a pair in the white moss finish, so perfect for a holiday console table! Stands about 22″ tall.
       Feast Of Bacchus VesselEgg & Dart Round Urn 14
       And one of mine filled with artichokes……

       
       
      Napkin rings…oh those napkin rings are such a hit. It is so funny because as soon as people get them they want to order more. They are like a healthy addiction.  They are one of those things you have to see in person, to feel and touch, they are truly special. I got in a few new styles. I cannot wait to set my holiday table with these babies! Here’s a few of the new ones…….
       

      One of the Santas holding a tree

      Sly fox pulling a cart

      The adorable whimsical conga line (can be made with virtually any animal or breed of dog)

      The hare atop the tortoise

      The owl and bunny on a moving see saw

      Bunny pulling the cart

      Bunny in the garden

      Sly fox with pinecones
      Another adorable version of an amimal conga line
      A Basset Hound next to two birdies

      Humm…is this a Scottish terrier with his dog bowl? I need to know all you dog experts!

      A type of Terrier

      The hare atop the tortoise
      Pretty awesome aren’t they? They are soon going to have their own section on my online store but for now can be found under new additions, click here to visit.

       
       
      You know I love showing off my customers homes that are featured in “Your enchanted homes” on my store site where I feature my customers homes and the items they bought from me, here’s a few new additions..pretty gorgeous! Click here if you want to see the rest of them. Keep em coming! 
       

      Another dough bowl finds its way to a happy home:)
      Love this amazingly beautiful vignette….soooo pretty!

      My silver planter with horn handles being used in all the gorgeous bathrooms in a super elegant new bed and breakfast (more on this next week)!
       How about this gorgeous gracious hallway/entrance with the floral etched lantern? Stunning!
      OK, time to fess up. How many of you have gotten a new phone or were very tempted to get a new phone just because you totally fell in love with a phone case that is not made for your current phone? My hands way up in the air. I cannot wait to get my new phone…..all so I can order one of these amazingly cute, chic phone cases from the ever so talented The Pink Pagoda. I mean seriously, people…is this not the cutest phone EVER? Click here to visit and get one for yourself. Forewarning, she makes a boatload of other AMAZING items like stunning prints, pillows,etc……don’t say I didn’t warn you:)

       

      Well that’s about it over here. I will probably be back on Friday to wrap up the week. What’s new with you? Are you enjoying beautiful fall foliage where you are? Here, things are really starting to rev up and its looking spectacular. I will be sure to share some of my pictures next week. We are headed up north this weekend and I will be sure my camera is charged and ready for what I know will be plenty of photo ops, I think the further north we travel the more ” peak” the foliage will be…cannot wait! Wishing you a wonderful day!

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      Its a buffalo check stampede……

      Good morning to you! Yay, its the weekend! What are you up to? We have a party, a few games, and driving to Pennsylvania early Sunday. ?Hope you read all about my exciting Homegoods news and the fabulous $500 giftcard giveaway, if not click here to be eligible, you don’t want to miss out! Thanks for all of your kind messages, it was ?an exciting and flattering validation of what I do, so thank you Homegoods! ?I will announce a winner on Monday morning.
      Funny I was never a huge check kind of girl. But somehow over the years, they have really grown on me. I mean REALLY grown on me. Thanks Charles Faudree and Bunny and Carolyn and countless other talented designers who have made me a convert. ? I think the first time I fell in love with a room was one in Charles’s books…of a gorgeous room filled with buffalo checked covered furniture. It was so charming, warm ?yet sophisticated, my favorite look.?
      Since then I an consistently drawn to the versatile, always elegant yet inviting look of buffalo checks. There are so many ways to use them, in all the many colors…..how about you? Do you like them? Have you decorated with them? Would you? I used a smaller buffalo check in my back powder room and have a chair in my living room in buffalo check silk. Today’s a tribute to this wonderful print…….what do you think? Let me know! Feast your eyes on these……..
      Charm galore! Patricia Fisher designed this wondeful breakfast setting
      How charming is this kitchen? Its a love for me!
      Love Joy Tribaut’s take on buffalo checks…so fresh and sophisticated!
      Even in a most formal room such as this one in a Maurice Fatio home, the mini check is very much at home!
      Meg Braff used a green buffalo check in this gorgeous living room in fresh green.
      They work beautifullly in a tonal bedroom….very soothing and tranquil. Pinterest
      Love the gorgeous palette here…..
      Gorgeous warm breakfast room/library of warm woods features them, Colefax and Fowler
      Love the mix of patterns here, a fun, masculine and elegant room, Emily Jenkins Followhill
      What an inviting space. I could easily flop down here with my cup of coffee and a great book…yes please!
      Leave it up to Cathy Kincaid to find a way to use checks to perfection…love her work!
      Toni Gallagher used them sparingly in this charming kitchen….loving that blue and white!
      Its a great look for boys rooms, masculine and classic RH
      I think they are so beautiful when mixed in with other fabrics and prints, Shabby Chic
      Love the combination of buffalo checks and transferware….perfection! Southern Accents
      Gorgeous in navy! (2 interior design)
      Even a single chair with the check has such impact!
      We have a silk buffalo checked chair in our formal living room and it looks right at home!
      Jeff Lincoln is obviously a fan……
      Beautiful in this tone on tone living room by Joy Tribaut
      Something about crisp white with the blue and white buffalo check is so fresh!
      Well what do you think? Are you a lover of these checks too? Would or do you have them in your home ? Whats your favorite colorway? I love to hear from you, so tell me what you think! Wishing everyone a wonderful Friday and a relaxing and enjoyable weekend. Don’t forget to enter the contest for the $500 Homegoods gift card, click here to visit the post. ?Be back on Monday:)

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      Its a buffalo check stampede……

      Good morning to you! Yay, its the weekend! What are you up to? We have a party, a few games, and driving to Pennsylvania early Sunday.  Hope you read all about my exciting Homegoods news and the fabulous $500 giftcard giveaway, if not click here to be eligible, you don’t want to miss out! Thanks for all of your kind messages, it was  an exciting and flattering validation of what I do, so thank you Homegoods!  I will announce a winner on Monday morning.
      Funny I was never a huge check kind of girl. But somehow over the years, they have really grown on me. I mean REALLY grown on me. Thanks Charles Faudree and Bunny and Carolyn and countless other talented designers who have made me a convert.   I think the first time I fell in love with a room was one in Charles’s books…of a gorgeous room filled with buffalo checked covered furniture. It was so charming, warm  yet sophisticated, my favorite look. 
      Since then I an consistently drawn to the versatile, always elegant yet inviting look of buffalo checks. There are so many ways to use them, in all the many colors…..how about you? Do you like them? Have you decorated with them? Would you? I used a smaller buffalo check in my back powder room and have a chair in my living room in buffalo check silk. Today’s a tribute to this wonderful print…….what do you think? Let me know! Feast your eyes on these……..
      Charm galore! Patricia Fisher designed this wondeful breakfast setting
      How charming is this kitchen? Its a love for me!
      Love Joy Tribaut’s take on buffalo checks…so fresh and sophisticated!
      Even in a most formal room such as this one in a Maurice Fatio home, the mini check is very much at home!
      Meg Braff used a green buffalo check in this gorgeous living room in fresh green.
      They work beautifullly in a tonal bedroom….very soothing and tranquil. Pinterest
      Love the gorgeous palette here…..
      Gorgeous warm breakfast room/library of warm woods features them, Colefax and Fowler
      Love the mix of patterns here, a fun, masculine and elegant room, Emily Jenkins Followhill
      What an inviting space. I could easily flop down here with my cup of coffee and a great book…yes please!
      Leave it up to Cathy Kincaid to find a way to use checks to perfection…love her work!
      Toni Gallagher used them sparingly in this charming kitchen….loving that blue and white!
      Its a great look for boys rooms, masculine and classic RH
      I think they are so beautiful when mixed in with other fabrics and prints, Shabby Chic
      Love the combination of buffalo checks and transferware….perfection! Southern Accents
      Gorgeous in navy! (2 interior design)
      Even a single chair with the check has such impact!
      We have a silk buffalo checked chair in our formal living room and it looks right at home!
      Jeff Lincoln is obviously a fan……
      Beautiful in this tone on tone living room by Joy Tribaut
      Something about crisp white with the blue and white buffalo check is so fresh!
      Well what do you think? Are you a lover of these checks too? Would or do you have them in your home ? Whats your favorite colorway? I love to hear from you, so tell me what you think! Wishing everyone a wonderful Friday and a relaxing and enjoyable weekend. Don’t forget to enter the contest for the $500 Homegoods gift card, click here to visit the post.  Be back on Monday:)

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      Mid week musings…..and a seriously fabulous giveaway!

      Forewarning…as these posts tend to be, this is another long one. Somehow they grow from being average sized posts to mega marathons……. My advice? Dont’ read standing up, take an extra five minutes and relax, grab a cup of coffee and hope you enjoy!



      Good Wednesday morning to you. I am so enjoying the nippier air that has finally taken over, ?have had a lot of rain which does not make for great hair days but I am loving this cooler weather…. the leaves in this part of town are just now starting to turn ever so subtly. I figure in a few weeks it will be in its prime. How about in your neck of the woods? A lot of different areas to cover today, so lets begin shall we! Do not forget to read all the way to the bottom where I provide all the details for one heck of an exciting giveaway!!

















      Thought this little Hermes tidbit was sooo interesting! You just never know what your local postman is up to in his spare time…lol!






      HERMES SCARVES’ ARTIST IS TEXAS POSTAL WORKER

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      Hermes Scarves' Artist is Texas Postal Worker
      Turns out the one behind the famous French fashion label’s limited edition scarves is not a trained Parisian artist, but a postal worker from Waco, Texas, named Kermit Oliver.

      Oliver sifts mail during the day, and paints at night. According to the?Texas Monthly, who recently did a revealing profile on the artist, noted that Oliver was discovered in the 1980s by then?Hermes?CEO Jean-Louis Dumas. He has since kept his job at the Post Office, preferring a simple and quieter life to one of fame and notoriety. His artwork, most well-known for its intricacy of design and depictions of flora, fauna, and exotic animals, is produced in limited edition. Over the past 30 years, he has designed 16 exquisite scarves for Hermes, each of which take anywhere from six to nine months to create. His exceptional designs are so sought after, that his scarves usually sell out immediately in stores, and if they do end up on eBay, sell for at least $800, according to the Texas Monthly. Hermes scarves usually sell for anywhere between $200-$500.

      We’re off the to closest Michael’s crafts store to start getting creative ourselves!






      I am sooooo excited and sooooo flattered to have gotten an email from Homegoods, yes as in that “mega ?growing by leaps and bounds billion dollar company”, that?Homegoods!! They emailed me to tell me I am one of their favorite blogs!! Imagine my delight, just drives home the point that you truly never know who is reading your blog!?

      ?Furthermore…..they also said that they were just launching their “stylescope‘ in which one can find out what their style is and for the classic choice, yours truly’s blog was the first choice for that category so The Enchanted Home will be a permanent?fixture on their site!! It will be up any day now.


      ?I am ?so excited and flattered…then to boot, we are going to be working on different things together. And to launch this new cozy friendship, they have so generously offered up my readers the chance to win a $500 gift card to any Homegoods in the U.S.! And you know that 500 big ones goes a long long way in their stores chock full of beautiful bargains! All details on bottom…thanks to my new bff I mean Homegoods!











      Super excited to finally be getting our loggia flooring done! We were waiting for the ceiling to be completed and there were a few stone elements that weren’t done but alas they are done and the bluestone floor is in progress, VERY excited over this and I am ordering the furniture this week so hopefully we can enjoy a late fall/early winter cozied up next to the fireplace!! We chose Pennsylvania bluestone which is more even toned, less varied in the shading since we were going with a pattern, this made the most sense. Here’s a sneak peek of it in progress, hopefully by next week I can show you the big reveal!

      In progress…….

      A before…….



      Always?like to include recipes that I have ?tried and loved ?since I am believer in their magical powers…so have to share. Well friends, this is one such recipe. I promise you this is worth every chop, slice and hour that you put into it. Heavenly and the ultimate comfort food. I just made it and was hailed a hero. ?Your family will deem you Julia Child worthy! Be sure to include crusty fresh bread……







      BEEF BOURGUIGNON

      • About 3-4 tablespoons light virgin olive oil
      • 8 ounces bacon, chopped (1/2 a package)
      • 2 teaspoons garlic cloves, large chopped pieces (not too fine)
      • 1/2 cup?Cognac
      • 1 bottle of good full bodied ?red wine (ideally?like Beaujolais, Cabernet or Burgundy)
      • ?2 cups beef?broth?(I used Emerils box of beef stock which is a 32 oz box)
      • 1-2 tablespoons tomato paste
      • 2-2 1/2 pounds??beef cut into 1-inch cubes
      • Sea salt to taste
      • Fresh pepper
      • 1 pound carrots, cut to 1 inch (don’t use baby carrots, they are too soft)
      • 2 med.onions- thinly sliced
      • 1 teaspoon fresh?thyme?leaves (1/2 teaspoon dried)?I used a bit more than the recipe called for
      • 4 tablespoons butter at room temperature, melted
      • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
      • 1 pound fresh mushrooms (cut off stems and discard)
      If you have a nice heavy dutch oven, that is preferable otherwise a good stock pot is fine. I used my Le Cruset “weighs a ton” pot but it was perfect for this dish plus its French! ?Heat the olive oil and add the bacon, cook on medium until fairly crispy. Remove and drain bacon. Add cubed beef (after they have been rinsed, patted dry and sprinkled with sea salt and pepper) ?one layer at a time and sear the meat, this will take about 4-5 minutes, make sure its seared on all sides. Set aside with the bacon.?


      Next, you will add carrots, onions, and either potatoes or turnips if you are using them along with salt and pepper to the fat in the pot and cook for about 15 minutes or until soft and onions are lightly browned. Then add garlic and cook for another minute or two. Next add Cognac…you then should take a match and light it right in the pot…STAND BACK while you do this and stare in awe at your budding creation! (This process burns off the alcohol)?

      Next add the meat and bacon into the pot with the juices already in. Add the bottle of wine and beef broth, this mixture should pretty much cover the meat. Next add tomato paste and thyme. Simmer and then cover…at this point you can either cook it on the stove or transfer to a preheated oven (300 degrees) I cooked mine on the stove.?


      After about an hour and a half, the meat will be fork tender. On the side, take 2 tbsp of butter and melt then mix with flour and add to stew. In a small saut? pan, melt additional 2 tbsp of butter and saut? mushrooms for about 5-10 minutes or until soft. Add to stew, bring to a brief boil and then simmer and cook for an additional 30 minutes. Season to taste. At the end, I add a few additional stalks of fresh thyme…get that baguette and wine ready and you are in for a divine treat!






      Some store biz…..the napkin rings are the buzz word lately. Am up to my ears in these darling treasures, I just know they are going to become collectibles sooner than later. Very special pieces, click here to see them in my shop! Also met with?a vendor who sells to names like Ralph Lauren, Martha Stewart, Ritz Carlton and many famous designers. I was able to buy ?some of his gorgeous crystal and glass hurricanes, small vases,etc……they are really spectacular pieces and I am lucky enough to have a few already in my own home. They are very old looking which is why I love them but they are perfect because they are new! Mine are heavily discounted, and are available on a first come first serve basis. I have a limited quantity of a few crystal urns with tops, hurricanes and small crystal urns. Highly decorative and super elegant…take a look! Email me here if you are interested in any of these pieces. As I only have a few of each I am probably not going to be listing them on my online store.



      This stands about 20″ tall and about 8″ wide

      Gorgeous hand cut

      The etching is all hand one….beautiful!

      Very heavy and amazing quality.

      And the darling napkin rings including a few newer ones…..

      Also had been on the prowl for some chunky ginger jars that had a lot of white but had that antiqued look that is so desired well at last I found them…let me present the three newest family members to my growing blue and white family! How gorgeous are they? They are now up for sale in my online shop, click here to visit my blue and white porcelain shop.

      And you might remember when I first opened my store, I had this ?STUNNING very Herend like tureen, I sold out right away but am happy to say I just scored two more tureeens and some of the beautiful decorative plates and a few pair of lamps. LOVE this pattern, so rich and elegant!

      As always feel free to email me with any questions regarding any of my products/online store or for anything you might be looking for but cannot find. Click here to email me.




      Finally I know like me, you love to see who took top prize for my Which would you choose series….so here’s the top three results for both the handbag edition and the recent front door post. What can I say you all have truly superb taste!!


      ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? Top three for the handbags…each one soooo beautiful!

      And the front door post…here’s the top three! Several were neck in neck, but no losers here!
      The first two tied for first place…..

      This one was a close second…
      And this one a close third..it was fierce!
      So did your favorite make it?

      Still with me? Then read on about this amazing giveaway I am offering…….Want to win a $500 gift card from Homegoods??Its simple to enter….all you need to do is visit their newly?launched?Stylescope?by clicking here. Come back and tell me what style you are.?That’s it….you are automatically entered!? I will announce a lucky winner on Monday, Oct. 15th.

      If you want a second chance, visit my online store, click here and come back to tell me an item that might find its way on your holiday list or you can let me know on?Facebook.

      ?Remember all anonymous users, if you don’t put your first name and last name initial you are not in the running!! Ditto for those who use only a first name, I must have your last name initial to include you. Best of luck…some lucky winner is going to have one fabulous shopping spree. Thanks?Homegoods! And thank you for stopping in…wishing everyone an enchanted day!






      Mid week musings…..and a seriously fabulous giveaway!

      Forewarning…as these posts tend to be, this is another long one. Somehow they grow from being average sized posts to mega marathons……. My advice? Dont’ read standing up, take an extra five minutes and relax, grab a cup of coffee and hope you enjoy!

      Good Wednesday morning to you. I am so enjoying the nippier air that has finally taken over,  have had a lot of rain which does not make for great hair days but I am loving this cooler weather…. the leaves in this part of town are just now starting to turn ever so subtly. I figure in a few weeks it will be in its prime. How about in your neck of the woods? A lot of different areas to cover today, so lets begin shall we! Do not forget to read all the way to the bottom where I provide all the details for one heck of an exciting giveaway!!


      Thought this little Hermes tidbit was sooo interesting! You just never know what your local postman is up to in his spare time…lol!

      HERMES SCARVES’ ARTIST IS TEXAS POSTAL WORKER

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      Hermes Scarves' Artist is Texas Postal Worker
      Turns out the one behind the famous French fashion label’s limited edition scarves is not a trained Parisian artist, but a postal worker from Waco, Texas, named Kermit Oliver.

      Oliver sifts mail during the day, and paints at night. According to the Texas Monthly, who recently did a revealing profile on the artist, noted that Oliver was discovered in the 1980s by then Hermes CEO Jean-Louis Dumas. He has since kept his job at the Post Office, preferring a simple and quieter life to one of fame and notoriety. His artwork, most well-known for its intricacy of design and depictions of flora, fauna, and exotic animals, is produced in limited edition. Over the past 30 years, he has designed 16 exquisite scarves for Hermes, each of which take anywhere from six to nine months to create. His exceptional designs are so sought after, that his scarves usually sell out immediately in stores, and if they do end up on eBay, sell for at least $800, according to the Texas Monthly. Hermes scarves usually sell for anywhere between $200-$500.

      We’re off the to closest Michael’s crafts store to start getting creative ourselves!


      I am sooooo excited and sooooo flattered to have gotten an email from Homegoods, yes as in that “mega  growing by leaps and bounds billion dollar company”, that Homegoods!! They emailed me to tell me I am one of their favorite blogs!! Imagine my delight, just drives home the point that you truly never know who is reading your blog! 

       Furthermore…..they also said that they were just launching their “stylescope‘ in which one can find out what their style is and for the classic choice, yours truly’s blog was the first choice for that category so The Enchanted Home will be a permanent fixture on their site!! It will be up any day now.
       I am  so excited and flattered…then to boot, we are going to be working on different things together. And to launch this new cozy friendship, they have so generously offered up my readers the chance to win a $500 gift card to any Homegoods in the U.S.! And you know that 500 big ones goes a long long way in their stores chock full of beautiful bargains! All details on bottom…thanks to my new bff I mean Homegoods!



      Super excited to finally be getting our loggia flooring done! We were waiting for the ceiling to be completed and there were a few stone elements that weren’t done but alas they are done and the bluestone floor is in progress, VERY excited over this and I am ordering the furniture this week so hopefully we can enjoy a late fall/early winter cozied up next to the fireplace!! We chose Pennsylvania bluestone which is more even toned, less varied in the shading since we were going with a pattern, this made the most sense. Here’s a sneak peek of it in progress, hopefully by next week I can show you the big reveal!

      In progress…….

      A before…….

      Always like to include recipes that I have  tried and loved  since I am believer in their magical powers…so have to share. Well friends, this is one such recipe. I promise you this is worth every chop, slice and hour that you put into it. Heavenly and the ultimate comfort food. I just made it and was hailed a hero.  Your family will deem you Julia Child worthy! Be sure to include crusty fresh bread……

      BEEF BOURGUIGNON

      • About 3-4 tablespoons light virgin olive oil
      • 8 ounces bacon, chopped (1/2 a package)
      • 2 teaspoons garlic cloves, large chopped pieces (not too fine)
      • 1/2 cup Cognac
      • 1 bottle of good full bodied  red wine (ideally like Beaujolais, Cabernet or Burgundy)
      •  2 cups beef broth (I used Emerils box of beef stock which is a 32 oz box)
      • 1-2 tablespoons tomato paste
      • 2-2 1/2 pounds  beef cut into 1-inch cubes
      • Sea salt to taste
      • Fresh pepper
      • 1 pound carrots, cut to 1 inch (don’t use baby carrots, they are too soft)
      • 2 med.onions- thinly sliced
      • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves (1/2 teaspoon dried) I used a bit more than the recipe called for
      • 4 tablespoons butter at room temperature, melted
      • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
      • 1 pound fresh mushrooms (cut off stems and discard)
      If you have a nice heavy dutch oven, that is preferable otherwise a good stock pot is fine. I used my Le Cruset “weighs a ton” pot but it was perfect for this dish plus its French!  Heat the olive oil and add the bacon, cook on medium until fairly crispy. Remove and drain bacon. Add cubed beef (after they have been rinsed, patted dry and sprinkled with sea salt and pepper)  one layer at a time and sear the meat, this will take about 4-5 minutes, make sure its seared on all sides. Set aside with the bacon. 


      Next, you will add carrots, onions, and either potatoes or turnips if you are using them along with salt and pepper to the fat in the pot and cook for about 15 minutes or until soft and onions are lightly browned. Then add garlic and cook for another minute or two. Next add Cognac…you then should take a match and light it right in the pot…STAND BACK while you do this and stare in awe at your budding creation! (This process burns off the alcohol) 

      Next add the meat and bacon into the pot with the juices already in. Add the bottle of wine and beef broth, this mixture should pretty much cover the meat. Next add tomato paste and thyme. Simmer and then cover…at this point you can either cook it on the stove or transfer to a preheated oven (300 degrees) I cooked mine on the stove. 


      After about an hour and a half, the meat will be fork tender. On the side, take 2 tbsp of butter and melt then mix with flour and add to stew. In a small saut? pan, melt additional 2 tbsp of butter and saut? mushrooms for about 5-10 minutes or until soft. Add to stew, bring to a brief boil and then simmer and cook for an additional 30 minutes. Season to taste. At the end, I add a few additional stalks of fresh thyme…get that baguette and wine ready and you are in for a divine treat!


      Some store biz…..the napkin rings are the buzz word lately. Am up to my ears in these darling treasures, I just know they are going to become collectibles sooner than later. Very special pieces, click here to see them in my shop! Also met with a vendor who sells to names like Ralph Lauren, Martha Stewart, Ritz Carlton and many famous designers. I was able to buy  some of his gorgeous crystal and glass hurricanes, small vases,etc……they are really spectacular pieces and I am lucky enough to have a few already in my own home. They are very old looking which is why I love them but they are perfect because they are new! Mine are heavily discounted, and are available on a first come first serve basis. I have a limited quantity of a few crystal urns with tops, hurricanes and small crystal urns. Highly decorative and super elegant…take a look! Email me here if you are interested in any of these pieces. As I only have a few of each I am probably not going to be listing them on my online store.

      This stands about 20″ tall and about 8″ wide

      Gorgeous hand cut

      The etching is all hand one….beautiful!

      Very heavy and amazing quality.

      And the darling napkin rings including a few newer ones…..

      Also had been on the prowl for some chunky ginger jars that had a lot of white but had that antiqued look that is so desired well at last I found them…let me present the three newest family members to my growing blue and white family! How gorgeous are they? They are now up for sale in my online shop, click here to visit my blue and white porcelain shop.

      And you might remember when I first opened my store, I had this  STUNNING very Herend like tureen, I sold out right away but am happy to say I just scored two more tureeens and some of the beautiful decorative plates and a few pair of lamps. LOVE this pattern, so rich and elegant!

      As always feel free to email me with any questions regarding any of my products/online store or for anything you might be looking for but cannot find. Click here to email me.

      Finally I know like me, you love to see who took top prize for my Which would you choose series….so here’s the top three results for both the handbag edition and the recent front door post. What can I say you all have truly superb taste!!
                                              Top three for the handbags…each one soooo beautiful!

      And the front door post…here’s the top three! Several were neck in neck, but no losers here!
      The first two tied for first place…..

      This one was a close second…
      And this one a close third..it was fierce!
      So did your favorite make it?

      Still with me? Then read on about this amazing giveaway I am offering…….Want to win a $500 gift card from Homegoods? Its simple to enter….all you need to do is visit their newly launched Stylescope by clicking here. Come back and tell me what style you are. That’s it….you are automatically entered!  I will announce a lucky winner on Monday, Oct. 15th.

      If you want a second chance, visit my online store, click here and come back to tell me an item that might find its way on your holiday list or you can let me know on Facebook.

       Remember all anonymous users, if you don’t put your first name and last name initial you are not in the running!! Ditto for those who use only a first name, I must have your last name initial to include you. Best of luck…some lucky winner is going to have one fabulous shopping spree. Thanks Homegoods! And thank you for stopping in…wishing everyone an enchanted day!