A few recent house updates…..

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

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

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

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

So come on in……..

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Sky and Cherry totes (med and large)

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

A few important things……

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

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

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

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

A few recent house updates…..

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

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

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

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

So come on in……..

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

?Sky and Cherry totes (med and large)

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

A few important things……

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

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

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

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

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…..

      A fall contest, a few fabulous books and late week musings…..

      Hi and happy Friday to you! I am so sorry for all that craziness for my fall fabulous contest,  with having to remove two polls and cancel all the votes then resorting to doing it the old fashioned way (leaving votes in comments)  but it was important for this to be fair, sorry to everyone but I appreciate your patience! There appeared to be some glitches, with some votes not registering, etc….. I promise by my next contest this will be all figured out! Winner will be announced on Sunday. Voting will end on Sat. at midnight. Click here to place your vote and see all of the wonderful pictures my readers sent in..so many winners! (Remember you do not need an account to vote, you can just click on anyonmous or name and use your first name)

      Hope you have had a good week……let’s get busy!

      Moving along…..I love getting in new books. Lately I scored big time, with Suzanne Tuckers fabulous MUST ADD to your collection new book. Click here to preorder it.…is AMAZING! I recently received a few more books that look incredibly good that I hope to get to this weekend, they are still in their plastic waiting to be enjoyed…….

      And then……

      One day I got this incredible invitation in the mail. Soooo stunning, it nearly made me faint! An invitation to Howard Slatkins, the king of good taste book signing at Bergdorf Goodman. I am really hoping to go! Here it is……

      Then imagine my surprise and excitement when a few days later…. I get a package in the mail. It was almost too pretty to open. The attention to detail did not go unnoticed.  And then I saw it was from “unmistakable Howard”…..check it out!

      Then when I finally opened up the gorgeous gift wrap, I saw this card. Howard Slatkin is a fan of moi????? Well Howard the feeling is VERY mutual! OK, so this is one of those books that you need to be sitting in just the right spot to open, drinking just the right drink (coffee or after 5 perhaps a glass of wine or a martini, which seems fitting for the book). This book is tres elegant. Uber chic. So unbelievably grand, yes this is one of those showstopping really sensational books you need to get your hands on. The opulence drips off of the pages, talk about a book that “takes you away” . So click here to preorder it  on Amazon and Howard, thank you so very much! I really hope to see you at the book signing…….and in the meantime, your beautiful new book sits proudly on my coffee table!

       Anyone who still uses a wax seal in their presentation is an instant friend of mine:)

       A personalized message to me? This got me excited!!

       This just oozes class and elegance!

      Good eats. You know I love good food. I have to say I am a bit out of the loop when it comes to cooking for large groups or throwing a party. I am seriously considering having a big Christmas party but know if I am  that I need to commit NOW. It’s Oct. and time to set a date and start sending out save the dates since Dec. is such a busy month. I keep wavering…..anyway having about 7 girls over next week. Normally we go out for dinner but I am having them over for a tapas night. Just appetizers (most everyone’s favorite way to eat anyway)…that way you get to try everything. Thanks to my Pinterest foodfun boards, I do not need to look any further, got so many good ideas there!! Here is what I am considering…..

      WARNING this will make you very very hungry…and diets must be left at the door!

       Love these individual Ceasars!

       OMG! Pecan maple kahlua baked brie….yowza!
      Hot crab dip..sign me up!
      Might do small ramkins of this spinach/artichoke pastas
      Fig spread and cheese crostini
      Baked artichoke dip
      And for dessert how about peanut butter ice cream sandwiches

      Vince Camuto. Ever bought anything bearing his name? If so, then consider this house to be a teeny tiny part yours:) If you have an extra 50 million to spare,  this Hampton heavenly abode can be yours! I must say its quite spectacular…….

      On the home front. Finally got some trim and the velvet for living room pillows ordered. Cannot wait to get them done. I know they are going to add so much to the living room even though its very much a work in progress. Finally ordering the mantles..after all this time for living and dining room. We are doing these mantles in an antiqued limestone, as opposed to marble and I think they are going to be amazing…

      Boots. I love boots. I saw these on someone a few days ago and practically knocked someone over to go and ask the girl where she got them and whose they were. From Nordstroms and Enzo! (under 200) big perk. I was determined to get them and now of course I cannot find them anywhere…..sold out in brown everywhere. How cute are these? If you are size 6, that is one size that is available…..


      On the shop front. So many wonderful new things coming in to my online shop,  I am super excited. Finally got in some dough bowls and let me tell you these are gorgeous!!!!!! I have two left to sell ( one is 33″ and the other 25″) Email me if interested, they are really stunning!

      The wraps and hand warmers were a big  big hit. They are the ultimate statement in both luxury and an ideal solution to keeping warm, looking chic but not having to lug a heavy coat! I have owned my Alicia’s alpaca capes for over 8 years and they still look brand new! They are as soft as cashmere, don’t pill and are super warm. Just a gorgeous line that I am so pleased to be carrying and for the lady who has it all, the alpaca bathrobe is just the ultimate. Only downside, you might not want to take it off:) Some favorite pieces from the gorgeous line…..

       Chunky cable knit baby alpaca throw

       Love this pompom reversible throw in baby alpaca

       Fingerless gloves come in 6 wonderful colors and are super cute!

       The classic shawl should be a staple in every women’s closet! Gorgeous and so elegant with anything

       The cape with fringe is equally stunning

       How about this chunky sweater coat? How delicious is this!! Comes in gray, taupe and beige

       For the woman who has it all…this is the ultimate robe. I own several beautiful robes including a great cashmere one but this is the gold standard. LOVE this robe!!!

      And these handwarmers are super stylish and practical, done in 4 colors…love these.

      So for my steals and deals this week…I am going to offer the following (limited availability) and they do go fast! Email me at theenchantedhome@gmail.com  if you wish to purchase anything.

      The cape that sells for $485 is $275.00 that is almost half off!!

      The shawl cape is $260 and sells for $398.00

      The handwarmers are $75.00 (retails for $174)

      And I was lucky enough to get in a few more sets of the gorgeous blue and white dessert/appetizer scalloped plates and a few more sets of the mugs! Email me if interested. $38.00 for a set of 4 plates and $40 for a set of 4 mugs (40% discounted) Limited availability…..

      Email me at theenchantedhome@gmail.com with any inquires or if you wish to purchase.

      So there you go. Thanks so much for stopping in. Wishing you a fabulous Friday and wonderful end to your week:)

      Please cast your vote in my Fall fabulous photo contest. Click here to see all the amazing pictures sent in by readers and to place your vote.

      A fall contest, a few fabulous books and late week musings…..

      Hi and happy Friday to you! I am so sorry for all that craziness for my fall fabulous contest,? with having to remove two polls and cancel all the votes then resorting to doing it the old fashioned way (leaving votes in comments)? but it was important for this to be fair, sorry to everyone but I appreciate your patience! There appeared to be some glitches, with some votes not registering, etc….. I promise by my next contest this will be all figured out! Winner will be announced on Sunday. Voting will end on Sat. at midnight. Click here to place your vote and see all of the wonderful pictures my readers sent in..so many winners! (Remember you do not need an account to vote, you can just click on anyonmous or name and use your first name)

      Hope you have had a good week……let’s get busy!

      Moving along…..I love getting in new books. Lately I scored big time, with Suzanne Tuckers fabulous MUST ADD to your collection new book. Click here to preorder it.…is AMAZING! I recently received a few more books that look incredibly good that I hope to get to this weekend, they are still in their plastic waiting to be enjoyed…….

      And then……

      One day I got this incredible invitation in the mail. Soooo stunning, it nearly made me faint! An invitation to Howard Slatkins, the king of good taste book signing at Bergdorf Goodman. I am really hoping to go! Here it is……

      Then imagine my surprise and excitement when a few days later…. I get a package in the mail. It was almost too pretty to open. The attention to detail did not go unnoticed.? And then I saw it was from “unmistakable Howard”…..check it out!

      Then when I finally opened up the gorgeous gift wrap, I saw this card. Howard Slatkin is a fan of moi????? Well Howard the feeling is VERY mutual! OK, so this is one of those books that you need to be sitting in just the right spot to open, drinking just the right drink (coffee or after 5 perhaps a glass of wine or a martini, which seems fitting for the book). This book is tres elegant. Uber chic. So unbelievably grand, yes this is one of those showstopping really sensational books you need to get your hands on. The opulence drips off of the pages, talk about a book that “takes you away” . So click here to preorder it? on Amazon and Howard, thank you so very much! I really hope to see you at the book signing…….and in the meantime, your beautiful new book sits proudly on my coffee table!

      ?Anyone who still uses a wax seal in their presentation is an instant friend of mine:)

      ?A personalized message to me? This got me excited!!

      ?This just oozes class and elegance!

      Good eats. You know I love good food. I have to say I am a bit out of the loop when it comes to cooking for large groups or throwing a party. I am seriously considering having a big Christmas party but know if I am? that I need to commit NOW. It’s Oct. and time to set a date and start sending out save the dates since Dec. is such a busy month. I keep wavering…..anyway having about 7 girls over next week. Normally we go out for dinner but I am having them over for a tapas night. Just appetizers (most everyone’s favorite way to eat anyway)…that way you get to try everything. Thanks to my Pinterest foodfun boards, I do not need to look any further, got so many good ideas there!! Here is what I am considering…..

      WARNING this will make you very very hungry…and diets must be left at the door!

      ?Love these individual Ceasars!

      ?OMG! Pecan maple kahlua baked brie….yowza!
      Hot crab dip..sign me up!
      Might do small ramkins of this spinach/artichoke pastas
      Fig spread and cheese crostini
      Baked artichoke dip
      And for dessert how about peanut butter ice cream sandwiches

      Vince Camuto. Ever bought anything bearing his name? If so, then consider this house to be a teeny tiny part yours:) If you have an extra 50 million to spare,? this Hampton heavenly abode can be yours! I must say its quite spectacular…….

      On the home front. Finally got some trim and the velvet for living room pillows ordered. Cannot wait to get them done. I know they are going to add so much to the living room even though its very much a work in progress. Finally ordering the mantles..after all this time for living and dining room. We are doing these mantles in an antiqued limestone, as opposed to marble and I think they are going to be amazing…

      Boots. I love boots. I saw these on someone a few days ago and practically knocked someone over to go and ask the girl where she got them and whose they were. From Nordstroms and Enzo! (under 200) big perk. I was determined to get them and now of course I cannot find them anywhere…..sold out in brown everywhere. How cute are these? If you are size 6, that is one size that is available…..


      On the shop front. So many wonderful new things coming in to my online shop,? I am super excited. Finally got in some dough bowls and let me tell you these are gorgeous!!!!!! I have two left to sell ( one is 33″ and the other 25″) Email me if interested, they are really stunning!

      The wraps and hand warmers were a big? big hit. They are the ultimate statement in both luxury and an ideal solution to keeping warm, looking chic but not having to lug a heavy coat! I have owned my Alicia’s alpaca capes for over 8 years and they still look brand new! They are as soft as cashmere, don’t pill and are super warm. Just a gorgeous line that I am so pleased to be carrying and for the lady who has it all, the alpaca bathrobe is just the ultimate. Only downside, you might not want to take it off:) Some favorite pieces from the gorgeous line…..

      ?Chunky cable knit baby alpaca throw

      ?Love this pompom reversible throw in baby alpaca

      ?Fingerless gloves come in 6 wonderful colors and are super cute!

      ?The classic shawl should be a staple in every women’s closet! Gorgeous and so elegant with anything

      ?The cape with fringe is equally stunning

      ?How about this chunky sweater coat? How delicious is this!! Comes in gray, taupe and beige

      ?For the woman who has it all…this is the ultimate robe. I own several beautiful robes including a great cashmere one but this is the gold standard. LOVE this robe!!!

      And these handwarmers are super stylish and practical, done in 4 colors…love these.

      So for my steals and deals this week…I am going to offer the following (limited availability) and they do go fast! Email me at theenchantedhome@gmail.com? if you wish to purchase anything.

      The cape that sells for $485 is $275.00 that is almost half off!!

      The shawl cape is $260 and sells for $398.00

      The handwarmers are $75.00 (retails for $174)

      And I was lucky enough to get in a few more sets of the gorgeous blue and white dessert/appetizer scalloped plates and a few more sets of the mugs! Email me if interested. $38.00 for a set of 4 plates and $40 for a set of 4 mugs (40% discounted) Limited availability…..

      Email me at theenchantedhome@gmail.com with any inquires or if you wish to purchase.

      So there you go. Thanks so much for stopping in. Wishing you a fabulous Friday and wonderful end to your week:)

      Please cast your vote in my Fall fabulous photo contest. Click here to see all the amazing pictures sent in by readers and to place your vote.

      Midweek random musings….

      Hello. Hope this finds you well. I am having a busy week (what week isn’t busy) but its also a productive one! I took these pictures with my iPhone a few nights ago as we were on our way to my sons football game, isn’t this sunset amazing! I do love a beautiful sunset…….

      Moving along to other orders of business……..

      MY FALL FABULOUS CONTEST. The Contest was a huge hit. I got in over 65 magnificent pictures and the biggest challenge of all will be selecting a winner (glad I don’t have to be part of the voting process). I will be posting all the ‘contenders next week” and will hold voting over a 1-2 day period. The picture with the most votes wins the prize! More details to come. There are some truly breathtaking images…I must declare my readers are soooo talented! Thanks to all for being a part of it and participating.

      MY HOUSE. Finally getting down to business with my bedroom. Ordered the gorgeous silk I have had my eye on for months for the big windows in my closet/sitting area. I may end up using this as the fabric for windows in my bedroom too. Found a perfect velvet for my bedroom (having an ottoman made) and 2 chairs recovered. Then found the perfect blue after a search for a few months of the perfect blue  stried velvet for my living room. Having pillows done and thinking of a tufted ottoman, love the look. So small steps of progress are indeed being made! I hope to have my first full sample of the chinoiserie for the dining room in the next 10 days and am super excited about that!! Here are a few visuals….

       Pardon the wrinkles….you can tell I have been carrying these around for a long long time!

       The gorgeous Clarence House trim I have had my eye on for months, nothing else compares!

       Love this and want to redo my two French chairs in this…..
       The silk that came in…..woo hoo!

      And the gorgeous living room velvet for pillows and possibly an ottoman (and trims)….

       The perfect velvet found at last…….
       Close up of the rug…..

      Teddy! So many of you are so kind to ask about Mr. Teddy. He is doing well…he is slowing down as he is 9 years old and is a mellow guy to begin with, I always say in my next life I would love to come back as him…he leads a mighty relaxing lifestyle. A little photo sesh of the man himself….

      GORGEOUS WALLPAPER. If only I had enough rooms to use every wallpaper I fall in  love with. Some I cannot get out of mind and this is one such paper.  I am determined to use it somewhere!  This one from Pierre Frey I have had my eye on and am thinking of a guest room done in this…what do you think? So pretty, don’t you think!

      And I would pair it with luxurious ivory bedding and pillows and shams done in this delicate fabric…

                                                                I have to say I am loving it…….

      Kind of reminds me of this feeling of a bedroom I have long admired-

      GORGEOUS TOLE. I as you know, am so excited about the custom tole line I am carrying…it is beyond beautiful. I got in my own pair of custom lamps (going into my bedroom eventually) and have placed other custom orders for customers. Take a look at whats been churned out lately……click here to see more of this gorgeous line in my online shop.

       This lantern just getting primed is being painted green and pink and will soon be on its way to sunny Fla!

       My gorgeous lamps….love love love them!

       This beautiful pair of lamps……going into a CT. master bedroom, stunning.
      And this pair is going into a family room/kitchen area of someone I have been doing e-design with, they were custom colored to match her fabrics

      GOOD FOOD! Moving along to happier subjects! You know this is a subject that I am never at a lack of subject matter on:) I do love my food. Here are three things all found on my Pinterest”Food fun” board that I plan on trying this month! Wish me luck..don’t they look ridiculously good!

       Cheesy artichoke dip…come to mama!
       Kahlua brown baked sugar pecan brie….I can taste it now:)
       Asian crab salad croustades…yum!

      SHOP NEWS AND STEALS AND DEALS…Lots of exciting things are going to be happening. I am adding the stunning wraps and scarves this week, some beautiful new trays and some new porcelain pieces are all being added. New Annabel Ingall totes are coming in, in all the new colors any day now. So good stuff!! First a look at some of the new goodies and then some fabulous steals and deals……

      I will be breaking out the new colors in a few days but just got more of the chocolate which was sold out (have 2 med. and 2 large) and getting in a big batch of the gorgeous nutmeg color, THE color to have for fall, so if interested email me…..or click here to see all the other colors. This is referred to as “a bag to have”…..a great everyday,  hold everything tote. And yes there is an interior pocked with zipper and place for phone:)

       Nutmeg

       Chocolate

      And a few new porcelain additions…….

       Love this set of 4 10″ plates…absolutely  stunning! $145.00 for 4!

      Wraps and capes coming made of the most luxurious baby alpaca, these are timeless classics to have forever and ever, so chic! The most beautiful neutral colors, also love the handwarmers! Things just arrived if you are interested email me, otherwise they will be up under personal accessories in the next day or two…….

      STEALS AND DEALS…limited number of each, great super discounted prices! Email me at theenchantedhome@gmail.com if you want anything!

      1. Beautiful 10″ planter perfect for orchids or flowering plants $75.00! (6 pieces)
      2. Stunning multi functional 10″ bowl, great for fruit display or for decorative use (5 to sell)

      3.Gorgeous silver garland swag guest towel holder/small tray $55.00 (four pieces)

      4.  Stunning garland swag silver bar/vanity tray measures 14″ long. $90 (retails for 150.00) I have this one in my own bathroom and love it. (four of these) love it for a bar too…..

      Email me at theenchantedhome@gmail.com with any questions or inquiries…….

      So there you have it. What’s happening over there? Our weather is going a little wacky….its supposed to be near 80 either today or tomorrow! I am going from sweaters and jackets to t shirts again……thank you for stopping in. Always great to hear from you…enjoy your day!

      Midweek random musings….

      Hello. Hope this finds you well. I am having a busy week (what week isn’t busy) but its also a productive one! I took these pictures with my iPhone a few nights ago as we were on our way to my sons football game, isn’t this sunset amazing! I do love a beautiful sunset…….

      Moving along to other orders of business……..

      MY FALL FABULOUS CONTEST. The Contest was a huge hit. I got in over 65 magnificent pictures and the biggest challenge of all will be selecting a winner (glad I don’t have to be part of the voting process). I will be posting all the ‘contenders next week” and will hold voting over a 1-2 day period. The picture with the most votes wins the prize! More details to come. There are some truly breathtaking images…I must declare my readers are soooo talented! Thanks to all for being a part of it and participating.

      MY HOUSE. Finally getting down to business with my bedroom. Ordered the gorgeous silk I have had my eye on for months for the big windows in my closet/sitting area. I may end up using this as the fabric for windows in my bedroom too. Found a perfect velvet for my bedroom (having an ottoman made) and 2 chairs recovered. Then found the perfect blue after a search for a few months of the perfect blue? stried velvet for my living room. Having pillows done and thinking of a tufted ottoman, love the look. So small steps of progress are indeed being made! I hope to have my first full sample of the chinoiserie for the dining room in the next 10 days and am super excited about that!! Here are a few visuals….

      ?Pardon the wrinkles….you can tell I have been carrying these around for a long long time!

      ?The gorgeous Clarence House trim I have had my eye on for months, nothing else compares!

      ?Love this and want to redo my two French chairs in this…..
      ?The silk that came in…..woo hoo!

      And the gorgeous living room velvet for pillows and possibly an ottoman (and trims)….

      ?The perfect velvet found at last…….
      ?Close up of the rug…..

      Teddy! So many of you are so kind to ask about Mr. Teddy. He is doing well…he is slowing down as he is 9 years old and is a mellow guy to begin with, I always say in my next life I would love to come back as him…he leads a mighty relaxing lifestyle. A little photo sesh of the man himself….

      GORGEOUS WALLPAPER. If only I had enough rooms to use every wallpaper I fall in? love with. Some I cannot get out of mind and this is one such paper.? I am determined to use it somewhere!? This one from Pierre Frey I have had my eye on and am thinking of a guest room done in this…what do you think? So pretty, don’t you think!

      And I would pair it with luxurious ivory bedding and pillows and shams done in this delicate fabric…

      ????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? I have to say I am loving it…….

      Kind of reminds me of this feeling of a bedroom I have long admired-

      GORGEOUS TOLE. I as you know, am so excited about the custom tole line I am carrying…it is beyond beautiful. I got in my own pair of custom lamps (going into my bedroom eventually) and have placed other custom orders for customers. Take a look at whats been churned out lately……click here to see more of this gorgeous line in my online shop.

      ?This lantern just getting primed is being painted green and pink and will soon be on its way to sunny Fla!

      ?My gorgeous lamps….love love love them!

      ?This beautiful pair of lamps……going into a CT. master bedroom, stunning.
      And this pair is going into a family room/kitchen area of someone I have been doing e-design with, they were custom colored to match her fabrics

      GOOD FOOD! Moving along to happier subjects! You know this is a subject that I am never at a lack of subject matter on:) I do love my food. Here are three things all found on my Pinterest”Food fun” board that I plan on trying this month! Wish me luck..don’t they look ridiculously good!

      ?Cheesy artichoke dip…come to mama!
      ?Kahlua brown baked sugar pecan brie….I can taste it now:)
      ?Asian crab salad croustades…yum!

      SHOP NEWS AND STEALS AND DEALS…Lots of exciting things are going to be happening. I am adding the stunning wraps and scarves this week, some beautiful new trays and some new porcelain pieces are all being added. New Annabel Ingall totes are coming in, in all the new colors any day now. So good stuff!! First a look at some of the new goodies and then some fabulous steals and deals……

      I will be breaking out the new colors in a few days but just got more of the chocolate which was sold out (have 2 med. and 2 large) and getting in a big batch of the gorgeous nutmeg color, THE color to have for fall, so if interested email me…..or click here to see all the other colors. This is referred to as “a bag to have”…..a great everyday,? hold everything tote. And yes there is an interior pocked with zipper and place for phone:)

      ?Nutmeg

      ?Chocolate

      And a few new porcelain additions…….

      ?Love this set of 4 10″ plates…absolutely? stunning! $145.00 for 4!

      Wraps and capes coming made of the most luxurious baby alpaca, these are timeless classics to have forever and ever, so chic! The most beautiful neutral colors, also love the handwarmers! Things just arrived if you are interested email me, otherwise they will be up under personal accessories in the next day or two…….

      STEALS AND DEALS…limited number of each, great super discounted prices! Email me at theenchantedhome@gmail.com if you want anything!

      1. Beautiful 10″ planter perfect for orchids or flowering plants $75.00! (6 pieces)
      2. Stunning multi functional 10″ bowl, great for fruit display or for decorative use (5 to sell)

      3.Gorgeous silver garland swag guest towel holder/small tray $55.00 (four pieces)

      4.? Stunning garland swag silver bar/vanity tray measures 14″ long. $90 (retails for 150.00) I have this one in my own bathroom and love it. (four of these) love it for a bar too…..

      Email me at theenchantedhome@gmail.com with any questions or inquiries…….

      So there you have it. What’s happening over there? Our weather is going a little wacky….its supposed to be near 80 either today or tomorrow! I am going from sweaters and jackets to t shirts again……thank you for stopping in. Always great to hear from you…enjoy your day!

      Late week musings and a winner!

      Hi there. Boy its been one heck of a? busy week over here! Hope you had a good week, the weather has been pure perfection. Just amazing in every way. So as these posts are all over the place, this one is much of the same. I am looking forward to a pretty relaxing weekend. Weekend visitors, a football game, gorgeous sunny skies….its all good! Had a lot going on and a little downtime sounds mighty good! Ready to get started, let’s go……

      First a winner of the Staffordshire dogs, congratulations goes to……

      Result:

      Tina I would give them each a box of the monogrammed soaps put in one of those gorgeous silver small planters. What a beautiful gift that would make that they could remember your special day by. Love that idea and love this giveaway. Those dogs are so beautiful and your shop is my favorite online store!
      Please email me your shipping details so the dogs can be on their way…..

      Also my reader/customer thanked everyone for their amazing ideas! She decided to give monogrammed soaps and a small crested silver tray…love the idea, great keepsake.

      MY HOUSE. Our house was used yesterday for a photo shoot! Details later but I took a few behind the scenes photos and it was quite exciting but a very very looooong day! I have a new found appreciation for all that goes on behind a photo shoot, making a movie or commercial…its intense! I am going to be doing a post on it but here is a sneak peek……..


      A FUN VIDEO. This is hysterical, gotta love Marion Cotillard for doing this fun take on the fashion industry and boy this is not at all an exaggeration of how it appears so glamorous on the outside but its stressful, intense and cutthroat past the iron gates. Saw this on Sharon’s blog, My French Country Home and it is just too cute to not share. Be sure to watch it to the end, it worth it!

      SOMETHING YUMMY. Come on, its the comfort food season:) I decided to try one recipe a week from my Pinterest food boards. I have a friend who is nuts for peanut brittle and since she has not been feeling well and house bound, I decided to try my hand at it and this was a serious winner. This is almond brittle and let me forewarn you now, this will render you helpless!? This was sooooo good, I was really glad I was giving it away. Really glad! It would not have lasted an hour around here:) Click here for the recipe and even for a non baker like me, I didn’t find it difficult..but oh so very good!

      A FEW NEW BOOKS. Love getting in new books to review and a few that are wonderful and worth sharing are the following…..have a few others which I am getting to so will share those next week but in the meantime, these are both fabulous and must buy’s……

      Suzanne Tuckers new book is SUBLIME. You must add this to your design book collection. It is a total treasure trove of the most gorgeous interiors….love love love this one!? I can see it will quickly become one of my favorites! Click here to order on Amazon.

      Beyond Chic is a huge gorgeous coffee table book. This is a fabulous insiders peek into world famous fashion designers homes, it is so interesting! A great culmination of these fabulous designers and their sumptuous interiors. A fabulous coffee table book and a perfect gift idea for a fashionista friend:) Click here to order on Amazon.

      BOOTS. Who doesn’t love boots. I was reading a blog the other day when a bunch of people chimed in about some of the riding boots being too narrow for their calves, apparently a common enough problem that Neiman Marcus has an entire category on their website now devoted to wide calved or extended calf boots!! How smart is that…..thought I would share:) Click here to visit, here are? few winners!


      MY SHOP.? I did a whole post on my shop on Wednesday, if you missed it click here. I am excited for this weeks steals and deals! Check them out….limited availability.

      1. Gorgeous assorted scalloped dessert/appetizer plates. Measures 6.5″ square. A set of assorted patterns is $38.00. So elegant, and a perfect size.

      2. Coordinating set of mugs. Love starting my day with a blue and white mug and coffee! Set of four of assorted mix and match patterns. $38.00

      ?3. Goregous handpainted blue and white trellis planter. Meausres 11.5 wide $55.00

      Just email me at theenchantedhome@gmail.com if you want to purchase any of the above!

      Also my Annabell Ingall bags are one hot item. I am super excited to be getting in a big order next week with all new fall colors. Amongst the goodies, I am getting in 14 pieces of this very sought after color, a rich neutral cognac,? 10 are sold and 4 are up for grabs. Many of you had emailed me about it but I only had one and it sold right away. If you wanted one in this gorgeous rich color…email me to reserve it.

      I will do a post on the new colors sometime later next week….stay tuned:)

      A FUN CONTEST!? My Fall fabulous contest is going on…..I am accepting pictures until October 2nd. Hope you will participate, I have gottten in some fantastic ones so far, details below……

      “FALL FABULOUS” CONTEST DETAILS…..


      From today until Oct. 2nd I am accepting pictures that represent what fall is to you.? It can be anything from how decorate your urns, to your front door, pictures of your kids or pets all decked out for fall, your favorite fall meal or decadent treat, a favorite fall outfit, a beautiful shot of foliage…whatever makes you happy about fall and what you think of when you hear “fall fabulous”.

      I will then put all the pictures together and set up voting to take place over a certain number of days. I will then compile all the votes and announce a winner. I am going to be brainstorming for a fabulous prize, but assure you….it will be worth your while!

      So don’t delay, get inspired and send in your pictures, I know how talented and inspiring you all are! Max. 2 pictures per entrant….pictures? can be emailed to? theenchantedhome@gmail.com. I can’t wait to get this off the ground!! PLEASE PUT FALL FABULOUS in the subject line. All pictures must be your own. Thanks for entering in advance 🙂

      So that my friends is a wrap up. Hope you enjoy a wonderful Thursday evening…..and a great end to your week. Hopefully I will check in over the weekend sometime but not sure as I have visitors this weekend.? Otherwise on Monday! Enjoy…..

      Late week musings and a winner!

      Hi there. Boy its been one heck of a  busy week over here! Hope you had a good week, the weather has been pure perfection. Just amazing in every way. So as these posts are all over the place, this one is much of the same. I am looking forward to a pretty relaxing weekend. Weekend visitors, a football game, gorgeous sunny skies….its all good! Had a lot going on and a little downtime sounds mighty good! Ready to get started, let’s go……

      First a winner of the Staffordshire dogs, congratulations goes to……

      Result:

      Tina I would give them each a box of the monogrammed soaps put in one of those gorgeous silver small planters. What a beautiful gift that would make that they could remember your special day by. Love that idea and love this giveaway. Those dogs are so beautiful and your shop is my favorite online store!
      Please email me your shipping details so the dogs can be on their way…..

      Also my reader/customer thanked everyone for their amazing ideas! She decided to give monogrammed soaps and a small crested silver tray…love the idea, great keepsake.

      MY HOUSE. Our house was used yesterday for a photo shoot! Details later but I took a few behind the scenes photos and it was quite exciting but a very very looooong day! I have a new found appreciation for all that goes on behind a photo shoot, making a movie or commercial…its intense! I am going to be doing a post on it but here is a sneak peek……..


      A FUN VIDEO. This is hysterical, gotta love Marion Cotillard for doing this fun take on the fashion industry and boy this is not at all an exaggeration of how it appears so glamorous on the outside but its stressful, intense and cutthroat past the iron gates. Saw this on Sharon’s blog, My French Country Home and it is just too cute to not share. Be sure to watch it to the end, it worth it!

      SOMETHING YUMMY. Come on, its the comfort food season:) I decided to try one recipe a week from my Pinterest food boards. I have a friend who is nuts for peanut brittle and since she has not been feeling well and house bound, I decided to try my hand at it and this was a serious winner. This is almond brittle and let me forewarn you now, this will render you helpless!  This was sooooo good, I was really glad I was giving it away. Really glad! It would not have lasted an hour around here:) Click here for the recipe and even for a non baker like me, I didn’t find it difficult..but oh so very good!

      A FEW NEW BOOKS. Love getting in new books to review and a few that are wonderful and worth sharing are the following…..have a few others which I am getting to so will share those next week but in the meantime, these are both fabulous and must buy’s……

      Suzanne Tuckers new book is SUBLIME. You must add this to your design book collection. It is a total treasure trove of the most gorgeous interiors….love love love this one!  I can see it will quickly become one of my favorites! Click here to order on Amazon.

      Beyond Chic is a huge gorgeous coffee table book. This is a fabulous insiders peek into world famous fashion designers homes, it is so interesting! A great culmination of these fabulous designers and their sumptuous interiors. A fabulous coffee table book and a perfect gift idea for a fashionista friend:) Click here to order on Amazon.

      BOOTS. Who doesn’t love boots. I was reading a blog the other day when a bunch of people chimed in about some of the riding boots being too narrow for their calves, apparently a common enough problem that Neiman Marcus has an entire category on their website now devoted to wide calved or extended calf boots!! How smart is that…..thought I would share:) Click here to visit, here are  few winners!


      MY SHOP.  I did a whole post on my shop on Wednesday, if you missed it click here. I am excited for this weeks steals and deals! Check them out….limited availability.

      1. Gorgeous assorted scalloped dessert/appetizer plates. Measures 6.5″ square. A set of assorted patterns is $38.00. So elegant, and a perfect size.

      2. Coordinating set of mugs. Love starting my day with a blue and white mug and coffee! Set of four of assorted mix and match patterns. $38.00

       3. Goregous handpainted blue and white trellis planter. Meausres 11.5 wide $55.00

      Just email me at theenchantedhome@gmail.com if you want to purchase any of the above!

      Also my Annabell Ingall bags are one hot item. I am super excited to be getting in a big order next week with all new fall colors. Amongst the goodies, I am getting in 14 pieces of this very sought after color, a rich neutral cognac,  10 are sold and 4 are up for grabs. Many of you had emailed me about it but I only had one and it sold right away. If you wanted one in this gorgeous rich color…email me to reserve it.

      I will do a post on the new colors sometime later next week….stay tuned:)

      A FUN CONTEST!  My Fall fabulous contest is going on…..I am accepting pictures until October 2nd. Hope you will participate, I have gottten in some fantastic ones so far, details below……

      “FALL FABULOUS” CONTEST DETAILS…..

      From today until Oct. 2nd I am accepting pictures that represent what fall is to you.  It can be anything from how decorate your urns, to your front door, pictures of your kids or pets all decked out for fall, your favorite fall meal or decadent treat, a favorite fall outfit, a beautiful shot of foliage…whatever makes you happy about fall and what you think of when you hear “fall fabulous”.

      I will then put all the pictures together and set up voting to take place over a certain number of days. I will then compile all the votes and announce a winner. I am going to be brainstorming for a fabulous prize, but assure you….it will be worth your while!

      So don’t delay, get inspired and send in your pictures, I know how talented and inspiring you all are! Max. 2 pictures per entrant….pictures  can be emailed to  theenchantedhome@gmail.com. I can’t wait to get this off the ground!! PLEASE PUT FALL FABULOUS in the subject line. All pictures must be your own. Thanks for entering in advance 🙂

      So that my friends is a wrap up. Hope you enjoy a wonderful Thursday evening…..and a great end to your week. Hopefully I will check in over the weekend sometime but not sure as I have visitors this weekend.  Otherwise on Monday! Enjoy…..