Late week musings…..

Hello, can’t believe it’s Friday. Having been away for part of the week, it really feels like it flew! Hope you are well and have had a good week. I will be out of town today but will hopefully be back with a post on Sunday, if not for sure Monday. Wishing you a fabulous spring weekend, let’s get started…….

My house. Everything is in bloom around here and I am loving it! The azaleas are magnificent in all their vivid pinks and reds, normally I am a “white flower” kind of gal but have to say I make an exception for these beauties…against the backdrop of the lush greenery coming into bloom, everything looks so pretty. I forgot just how beautiful spring is, have a look……..

This is my favorite spot on our property, an old pond/fountain (no longer in use) but we are restoring it. We kept the landscape just as it’s always been, mature and very lush…it truly feels like a little enchanted garden, and there is the original birdbath which we also kept in the same place, its a very special serene place……

The little “trail” that leads up to the house………..









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Great food. You can always count on me to come up with something good on this subject! If I wasn’t on a diet, this is what I would be attempting to make, how good does this look!!!!!!!! Visit the Greedy Gourmand here to get the lowdown on how to? make it……it’s as pretty as delicious I am sure!

The Mayflower Inn and Spa. Just in case you missed my post/review on my recent stay at this incredible place, you must visit the post, click here.

Artwork. I had sweet Jeanne of I dream of make up my logo, she is a very talented artist and she did a spectacular job. I had shared the completed work here last year but just recently got the original art and it is just so beautiful. Jeanne? had to take some time off due to a relative’s illness but hopefully she will be back in blogland soon, I know her presence has been missed greatly. I am so happy to have this beautiful artwork as a keepsake of her amazing talent.? Thanks again Jeanne!


Crests. I have such a “thing” for them….am always drawn to them. Was in an antique shop a few weeks ago in CT. and spotted this spectacular set of antique prints beautifully framed, so excited!! I needed to do a minor repair on them and they are back and ready to be hung! There are so many places I could put these……

Shop news. I am adding a bunch of new wonderful Staffordshire doggies to my shop. Dogs remain super popular and are just a wonderful decorative motif for virtually any kind of home. Some of these are bigger than some of my current ones and then I am adding some fabulous colors like orange, pink and red in the minis! Aren’t they beautiful! These will up for sale by the weekend.

Love this family of dogs……wonderful!

Love this family! 7 X 6.5 X 3?
Mini Staffordshires in fun colors, too cute…..

And this larger pair in orange…..
8.6 x 6 x 9
How cute are these (comes with one left and one right facing dog)? 8 x 5 x 11 (comes in 2 colorways)

And very excited about a few new exceptionally beautiful additions to the statuary line (I literally want one of everything)…..all of these as of today will be up in my online store! This line is just exceptoinal, and every item is offered in one of 6 finishes…the white moss (shown) being the most popular.

Adore this dog holding the basket of flowers, perfect for flanking a front door or on a patio 9 x 16 x 24
And this stunning planter shown on the garland pedestal, also both now listed (I have ordered this identical pair for myself)…….
And how beautiful is this for a garden, a trio of cherubs….love it!?? 19 x 19 x 23

And this beautiful? shell urn finial atop something or placed on the ground as a pair, very elegant, 8 x10 x 15

And this beautiful oversized acorn finial, beautiful atop something or as a pair by a door…14 x 14 x 29 (also comes in one size smaller)……..

22 x 7 x 30 Beautiful crest frieze

Cromel overdoor frieze…love this!! 32 x 18 x 4

So there you have it! That’s what new and exciting over here. What’s going on in your world? Do you have spring fever yet?? Hope the sun is shining over where you are and wishing you a wonderful day and end to your week. Be back soon……have a great weekend!

Late week musings…..

Hello, can’t believe it’s Friday. Having been away for part of the week, it really feels like it flew! Hope you are well and have had a good week. I will be out of town today but will hopefully be back with a post on Sunday, if not for sure Monday. Wishing you a fabulous spring weekend, let’s get started…….

My house. Everything is in bloom around here and I am loving it! The azaleas are magnificent in all their vivid pinks and reds, normally I am a “white flower” kind of gal but have to say I make an exception for these beauties…against the backdrop of the lush greenery coming into bloom, everything looks so pretty. I forgot just how beautiful spring is, have a look……..

This is my favorite spot on our property, an old pond/fountain (no longer in use) but we are restoring it. We kept the landscape just as it’s always been, mature and very lush…it truly feels like a little enchanted garden, and there is the original birdbath which we also kept in the same place, its a very special serene place……

The little “trail” that leads up to the house………..









 
Great food. You can always count on me to come up with something good on this subject! If I wasn’t on a diet, this is what I would be attempting to make, how good does this look!!!!!!!! Visit the Greedy Gourmand here to get the lowdown on how to  make it……it’s as pretty as delicious I am sure!

The Mayflower Inn and Spa. Just in case you missed my post/review on my recent stay at this incredible place, you must visit the post, click here.

Artwork. I had sweet Jeanne of I dream of make up my logo, she is a very talented artist and she did a spectacular job. I had shared the completed work here last year but just recently got the original art and it is just so beautiful. Jeanne  had to take some time off due to a relative’s illness but hopefully she will be back in blogland soon, I know her presence has been missed greatly. I am so happy to have this beautiful artwork as a keepsake of her amazing talent.  Thanks again Jeanne!


Crests. I have such a “thing” for them….am always drawn to them. Was in an antique shop a few weeks ago in CT. and spotted this spectacular set of antique prints beautifully framed, so excited!! I needed to do a minor repair on them and they are back and ready to be hung! There are so many places I could put these……

Shop news. I am adding a bunch of new wonderful Staffordshire doggies to my shop. Dogs remain super popular and are just a wonderful decorative motif for virtually any kind of home. Some of these are bigger than some of my current ones and then I am adding some fabulous colors like orange, pink and red in the minis! Aren’t they beautiful! These will up for sale by the weekend.

Love this family of dogs……wonderful!

Love this family! 7 X 6.5 X 3 
Mini Staffordshires in fun colors, too cute…..

And this larger pair in orange…..
8.6 x 6 x 9
How cute are these (comes with one left and one right facing dog)  8 x 5 x 11 (comes in 2 colorways)

And very excited about a few new exceptionally beautiful additions to the statuary line (I literally want one of everything)…..all of these as of today will be up in my online store! This line is just exceptoinal, and every item is offered in one of 6 finishes…the white moss (shown) being the most popular.

Adore this dog holding the basket of flowers, perfect for flanking a front door or on a patio 9 x 16 x 24
And this stunning planter shown on the garland pedestal, also both now listed (I have ordered this identical pair for myself)…….
And how beautiful is this for a garden, a trio of cherubs….love it!   19 x 19 x 23

And this beautiful  shell urn finial atop something or placed on the ground as a pair, very elegant, 8 x10 x 15

And this beautiful oversized acorn finial, beautiful atop something or as a pair by a door…14 x 14 x 29 (also comes in one size smaller)……..

22 x 7 x 30 Beautiful crest frieze

Cromel overdoor frieze…love this!! 32 x 18 x 4

So there you have it! That’s what new and exciting over here. What’s going on in your world? Do you have spring fever yet?  Hope the sun is shining over where you are and wishing you a wonderful day and end to your week. Be back soon……have a great weekend!

Bloggers buzz on holiday gifts part III!

Good morning! Well here I am again with my final installment of bloggers ideas for holiday gift giving. And talk about closing with a showstopper! So many amazingly gorgeous ideas here, I would be tickled pink to receive any one of them and if the recipients on my list are very very good…thy might benefit from this scrumptious list of goodies!? I am so grateful to all the many talented bloggers who joined me in this fun series to kick off the magical holiday season. I am happy to say my very first purchased gifts of the season are thanks to some of these wonderful ideas. Hope you have also found it helpful in your own gift giving. Ready for some more? Let’s go……

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?Sharon from? My French Country Home says.…..

If I were to pick gifts from my store for two girlfriends , then I would most certainly want to offer them something very French, that would embellish their home, and make them feel comfortable and feminine.
And to a dear friend who lives in a part of the world where the temperatures easily soar skyhigh, I would offer her one of these hand embroidered nightdresses, pretty enough to be worn as a dress and always so cool and? comfortable.? These nightdresses are over 100 years old, yet are still snow white with their orginal tiny buttons down the front.

To my friend who loves to read, and who has just redecorated her bedroom in a pale palette of cream and verdigris, I would love to gift her these old French books.? Their decorative covers and spines would make her think of France each time she looks at them, and they are pretty enough to be on a bedside table, or even on a dressing table.

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Phyllis from Henhurst Interiors says…..
?Hi Tina, Thanks for including me ? I am thrilled to be part of your series.? xoxo, Phyllis

When buying presents for friends and family at a distance I like to send a little piece of Vermont and local glassblower Simon Pearce?s shop is my go-to gift resource. Whether you are shopping for someone whose style is traditional or contemporary, formal or informal, among the store?s hand-made glass, pottery and accessories there is truly something for everyone.

At the top of my list this year are the Thetford Globes which have the most radiant effect when illuminated and, to me, resemble how the ice on a pond freezes. Clustered on the table or the fireplace mantle they will add a glow to every room.

For local friends I like to give something unique and that can?t be found in our area shops. That endeavor takes me online and to Jayson Home where I can always find something for ?the person who has everything? and where I recently sourced my own birthday presents (they were presented to the family for wrapping prior to the big day.) For this year?s holiday gifts I will shopping their selection of horn vessels.

I love the organic nature of the forms, the color gradations, and that the pieces are multi-purpose. The cups, bowls and covered dishes can be used tabletop, as desk accessories or to display other treasures.

Many thanks, Tina for including me ? I am delighted to be sharing ideas with your readers ? with all best wishes to you and yours for a happy holiday season! Phyllis at Henhurst Interiors

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Sharon of Roses and Rust says…

?Hi Tina, Thanks for inviting me to contribute. What fun to do,?and so hard to limit to two. But after much deliberation, here are my two gift choices.


I would love to give someone any ceramics from this exqisite range. These items are all handmade in a studio in South Africa. The studio, called Mud Studio,?is situated in a rural area with high unemployment figures, so?provides fantastic working opportunities in the area as well as imparting new skills and knowledge to underpriveledged people. Mud?s elegant and earthy designs have won much international acclaim and can?now be found in designer stores across the globe, like the Conran Shop and Anthropologie.

?http://www.mudstudio.net/



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I would love to give a friend a set of these bath or hand towels. They are a cotton and linen mix are made in South Africa in a mill outside the lovely?coastal town of Plettenberg Bay. The owner of the mill worked as an apprentice in the silk mills of Yorkshire in the UK as a teenager?and has had a lifelong passion for?textiles which is evident in the?outstanding quality of these products. They?re versatile; ready for use in the bathroom, alongside the pool or on the beach and what?s more they are environmentally friendly. I?have a set of these hand towels and they look as good now as the day I got them.
?http://mungoretail.com/

Warm regards
Sharon



Marianne of Marianne Simon Design says….

Here is my guest post with 2 of my favorite gifts to give. For some reason I’m singing the song ‘These are a few of my favorite things’ as I’m writing this post. 🙂

?When Tina asked me to share 2 of my favorite gifts to give, I immediately knew what I would choose. ?I am proud to say that both of the women behind these companies are from Seattle and lucky for you, you can purchase their things online. ?How easy is that!?

First up is glassybaby. ?I cannot even tell you how many of these I have given as gifts. ?These handmade votives are truly a favorite and come in every color you could possibly imagine! ?They make the most beautiful gift! ?www.glassybaby.com

Who doesn’t like chocolate?! ?Specifically salted caramels!!! ?I have tried many, many brands of salted caramels and hands down, Fran’s are the best! ?These award winning caramels are the perfect balance of salty and sweet. So delicious! ?Be sure to buy a box for yourself, too! ?www.franschocolates.com

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Debby of Inspired Design says….
Hi, it’s Debby from Inspired Design! I’m guessing you could probably find all of your Christmas gifts right in Tina’s gorgeous shop. Let’s face in, the girl is amazing. Who is with me in insisting that she needs her own HGTV series? Love her! If you have already purchased one of everything from Tina and are looking for a few more ideas, then here are a couple more.
I love the Stella + Dot line so much that I decided to sell it. They have recently expanded their jewelry line to include scarves, wallets, phone cases and candles. This Christmas season you can give a long distance relative or friend an e-gift card?in any amount from $25.00 to $1000.00. Easy peasy. I’m also loving the deliciously scented candles. The candles make great a hostess gift or fun little stocking stuffer.

J. Crew?is a no-brainer in my opinion. The?peacoat is a timeless winter staple and I love how it’s been updated in vibrant hues. They have a variety of unique little stocking stuffers as well. I’m loving the anchor phone case and key chain.?
I recently visited Nantucket as part as my travel series and spied these Ugg Australia Tech Ear Muffs by in one of the shops. Brilliant. Perfect for the walkers who live in cold weather climates. Of course, the tech gloves are necessary too if one is to be changing the iPod music as well!

Thanks for having me, Tina! I always love visiting my favorite girl. Hope Everyone’s holiday season is off to a lovely start. Gifts are great but there is no greater gift than giving those you love, your time, your ear, a soft place to fall, a loving embrace or a laugh to share. There is no greater gift than your love year round. Share your heart, love big, don’t hold back. Happy Holidays!

Jeanne of I dream of says…..

For the Francophile
The Christmas gift I wish I could give a bunch of my girlfriends is a do-over on a Paris trip we took a few years ago. The next best thing? Give them something that reminds them of our perfect day at Versailles. This gorgeous new book, Versailles, from Valerie Bajou looks like next best thing to a real life exploration of the palace with lots of history and plenty of gorgeous photos. Add a macaron candle from Voluspa and some Marie Antoinette Tea from Debauve and Galais and it’s almost as good as being there!

http://www.amazon.com/Versailles-Valerie-Bajou/dp/1419700677/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1352787097&sr=1-1&keywords=versailles

http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/voluspa-maison-blanc-macaron-boxed-candle/3176669?origin=category&contextualcategoryid=0&fashionColor=&resultback=0

http://www.barneys.com/Debauve-Gallais-Marie-Antoinette-Tea/00505013956110,default,pd.html?index=10

For the Hostess
With so much to celebrate this time of year, I like to stockpile hostess gifts to make sure I’m never without. Mrs. Lilien’s Cocktail Swatchbook brings swanky fun to a party. And, when you add some vintage cocktail glasses (you can find a great selection on Etsy) and some personalized cocktail napkins, you have the perfect Christmas present for the friend who can turn any day into a party.?

http://www.amazon.com/Liliens-Cocktail-Swatchbook-Kelley-Lilien/dp/0307955141

http://www.paperstyle.com/is-bin/Personalized-Chevron-Green-Cocktail-Napkins-p-9-9950CP?origin=pla&utm_source=Google&utm_Medium=CSE&kw={keyword}&utm_term=99950CP

For the Chef
The Canal House cookbooks are fun to read, simple to follow, and pretty, too. And they are so well-priced, you can afford to give your favorite chef the whole series.? Amazon’s got them, or if you are in Seattle, pop by Red Ticking for a stack, you’ll find French tableware from Sabre and linens from Libeco to pair with them.

http://www.thecanalhouse.com/buythebook.html

http://www.amazon.com/Canal-house-cooking-boxed-set/dp/0982739451

For a Cozy Weekend at Home
I love being treated to a new pair of pajamas at Christmastime. This year, JCrew’s Liberty print PJs are definitely on my wishlist. But which to choose? The blue and white paisley, or pretty floral… Both, please!

http://www.jcrew.com/womens_category/sleepwear/PRDOVR~23750/23750.jsp

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Carolyn of? Vintage Mulberry says….


I was so excited when Tina so graciously asked me to be a part of this gift giving series! I always leave inspired every time I stop in for a visit with Tina and her incredible blog and I am thrilled to share some of my ideas for Christmas gifts!?Because I own my own shop I am quite partial to the items we carry! Christmastime is a very fun time for us because we get to share our most special pieces with you?

First on my list for you to think about is our wonderful line of Sennod jewelry. Sennod is based out of New Orleans and we are grateful to be the exclusive boutique to sell her quality pieces..each vignette is handpicked and we order the chains as we see fit. The lengths vary as well as the silver or the gold. The vignettes are interchangeable so once you have the chain, you can continue to add to your collection of Sennod pieces! You cannot go wrong with a piece of Sennod to add to your collection. Our?customers are?definitely?repeat?customers?for this discriminating style. Each vintage piece definitely reflects the fact that it was found at an antiques shop! We love having the freedom to do something fun and “frivolous” along with selling antique furniture!
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Another item we are loving for Christmas gifts and for the Holiday season are our many pieces of fabulous artwork! How can you go wrong by giving someone the gift of art? If you are worried about a large painting being too much then give them?hand painted?wine glasses or an “itty bitty” by Melissa Payne Baker! I promise you , it will be a gift that is long?remembered! I’m giving?my mother a tiny?landscape?painting that she picked out and I am so?excited?about it! Melissa was voted Atlanta’s number one artist for 2011 and 2012 ?as seen in Jezebel Magazine. Take a look at a few examples of what I am talking about and you will see why a piece of art of any?kind by Melissa would make anyone very happy this Christmas!

Thank you, Tina for including me in this fun blog post at such a special time of year!

Carolyn

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Lindsay of Sadie and Stella says…..

Hi kitty cats! Almost Merry Christmas from me over at?Sadie + Stella. I must admit, I am already gifted out myself. How about you? When Tina asked me to show off some of my favorite gifts for this holiday season, I put my bah humbug spirit aside and let my glam girl flag fly. My favorites definitely range in price (one being more of a stocking stuffer and the other not). Who doesn’t love a high and a low? What they do not range in is glamour. Let’s get to it.?

I mean what glamour girl could resist these babies? Not this one. Merry Christmas to you all and to all come visit me over at?Sadie + Stella. Loves! XOXO


Amy of Maison Decor says…..

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Tina asked me if I would like to offer some suggestions on gift giving
for the holiday season~if you are looking to give something to that
special someone in your life you might consider these two items
that we sell at Maison Decor. ?I know I would have been thrilled to?
receive them and I like to give them as wedding gifts
?or as a way to mark a special occasion~take a look!
Our Reproduction Mora Wall Clock.
I hung the pale Louis Blue Mora clock in my living room,
but did you know I custom paint them with Chalk Paint?
to go with any decor?
The Mora clocks are all custom painted by hand by me right in my?
workshop studio. ?You select the color you love and I will have your clock?
on its way in two weeks or less~these clocks measure 52″ x 15″ x 3″.
Choose from Traditional Old White (with or without a touch of gilding),?
Cream (pale yellow), Versailles (antique celery green),
Chateau Grey (olive green), Paris Grey, or Antique Red .
Each clock runs on one AA battery and is silent.
Our custom Mora clocks are priced at $240 each.
If you have a special color request for your Mora
please email me at amymaisondecor@gmail.com
and I will see if I can help you out.
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Another shopper favorite at Maison Decor are our wings!
Beautiful distressed wooden Angel Wings~
they are 46″ long and need about 30″ of width for hanging on a wall as a pair.
?Cream, taupe and bit of verdigris lend this pair of wings an aged look.?
Solid wood, this pair can be hung vertically or horizontally.
If you love Gustavian style?these make a fabulous home decor statement!
Priced at $185 the Angel Wings can be found at?
www.shopmaisondecor.com
Wishing everybody a Happy Holiday season from Maison Decor!
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Whoa! So many amazing ideas….seriously I think I could possibly polish off my list with these suggestions alone! (not to imply however I am even nearly done) but its fun to imagine that I am. I hope this might have given you a few ideas too……thanks so much ladies for your amazing ideas and brilliant suggestions. And thank you for stopping in to see what’s happening here at The Enchanted Home. Wishing everyone a fabulous day!

Bloggers buzz on holiday gifts part III!

Good morning! Well here I am again with my final installment of bloggers ideas for holiday gift giving. And talk about closing with a showstopper! So many amazingly gorgeous ideas here, I would be tickled pink to receive any one of them and if the recipients on my list are very very good…thy might benefit from this scrumptious list of goodies!  I am so grateful to all the many talented bloggers who joined me in this fun series to kick off the magical holiday season. I am happy to say my very first purchased gifts of the season are thanks to some of these wonderful ideas. Hope you have also found it helpful in your own gift giving. Ready for some more? Let’s go……

 
 Sharon from  My French Country Home says.…..

If I were to pick gifts from my store for two girlfriends , then I would most certainly want to offer them something very French, that would embellish their home, and make them feel comfortable and feminine.
And to a dear friend who lives in a part of the world where the temperatures easily soar skyhigh, I would offer her one of these hand embroidered nightdresses, pretty enough to be worn as a dress and always so cool and  comfortable.  These nightdresses are over 100 years old, yet are still snow white with their orginal tiny buttons down the front.

To my friend who loves to read, and who has just redecorated her bedroom in a pale palette of cream and verdigris, I would love to gift her these old French books.  Their decorative covers and spines would make her think of France each time she looks at them, and they are pretty enough to be on a bedside table, or even on a dressing table.

 
  
Phyllis from Henhurst Interiors says…..
 Hi Tina, Thanks for including me ? I am thrilled to be part of your series.  xoxo, Phyllis

When buying presents for friends and family at a distance I like to send a little piece of Vermont and local glassblower Simon Pearce?s shop is my go-to gift resource. Whether you are shopping for someone whose style is traditional or contemporary, formal or informal, among the store?s hand-made glass, pottery and accessories there is truly something for everyone.

At the top of my list this year are the Thetford Globes which have the most radiant effect when illuminated and, to me, resemble how the ice on a pond freezes. Clustered on the table or the fireplace mantle they will add a glow to every room.

For local friends I like to give something unique and that can?t be found in our area shops. That endeavor takes me online and to Jayson Home where I can always find something for ?the person who has everything? and where I recently sourced my own birthday presents (they were presented to the family for wrapping prior to the big day.) For this year?s holiday gifts I will shopping their selection of horn vessels.

I love the organic nature of the forms, the color gradations, and that the pieces are multi-purpose. The cups, bowls and covered dishes can be used tabletop, as desk accessories or to display other treasures.

Many thanks, Tina for including me ? I am delighted to be sharing ideas with your readers ? with all best wishes to you and yours for a happy holiday season! Phyllis at Henhurst Interiors

 
Sharon of Roses and Rust says…

 Hi Tina, Thanks for inviting me to contribute. What fun to do, and so hard to limit to two. But after much deliberation, here are my two gift choices.


I would love to give someone any ceramics from this exqisite range. These items are all handmade in a studio in South Africa. The studio, called Mud Studio, is situated in a rural area with high unemployment figures, so provides fantastic working opportunities in the area as well as imparting new skills and knowledge to underpriveledged people. Mud?s elegant and earthy designs have won much international acclaim and can now be found in designer stores across the globe, like the Conran Shop and Anthropologie.

 http://www.mudstudio.net/



 
I would love to give a friend a set of these bath or hand towels. They are a cotton and linen mix are made in South Africa in a mill outside the lovely coastal town of Plettenberg Bay. The owner of the mill worked as an apprentice in the silk mills of Yorkshire in the UK as a teenager and has had a lifelong passion for textiles which is evident in the outstanding quality of these products. They?re versatile; ready for use in the bathroom, alongside the pool or on the beach and what?s more they are environmentally friendly. I have a set of these hand towels and they look as good now as the day I got them.
 http://mungoretail.com/

Warm regards
Sharon

Marianne of Marianne Simon Design says….

Here is my guest post with 2 of my favorite gifts to give. For some reason I’m singing the song ‘These are a few of my favorite things’ as I’m writing this post. 🙂

 When Tina asked me to share 2 of my favorite gifts to give, I immediately knew what I would choose.  I am proud to say that both of the women behind these companies are from Seattle and lucky for you, you can purchase their things online.  How easy is that!?

First up is glassybaby.  I cannot even tell you how many of these I have given as gifts.  These handmade votives are truly a favorite and come in every color you could possibly imagine!  They make the most beautiful gift!  www.glassybaby.com

Who doesn’t like chocolate?!  Specifically salted caramels!!!  I have tried many, many brands of salted caramels and hands down, Fran’s are the best!  These award winning caramels are the perfect balance of salty and sweet. So delicious!  Be sure to buy a box for yourself, too!  www.franschocolates.com

 
Debby of Inspired Design says….
Hi, it’s Debby from Inspired Design! I’m guessing you could probably find all of your Christmas gifts right in Tina’s gorgeous shop. Let’s face in, the girl is amazing. Who is with me in insisting that she needs her own HGTV series? Love her! If you have already purchased one of everything from Tina and are looking for a few more ideas, then here are a couple more.
I love the Stella + Dot line so much that I decided to sell it. They have recently expanded their jewelry line to include scarves, wallets, phone cases and candles. This Christmas season you can give a long distance relative or friend an e-gift card in any amount from $25.00 to $1000.00. Easy peasy. I’m also loving the deliciously scented candles. The candles make great a hostess gift or fun little stocking stuffer.

J. Crew is a no-brainer in my opinion. The peacoat is a timeless winter staple and I love how it’s been updated in vibrant hues. They have a variety of unique little stocking stuffers as well. I’m loving the anchor phone case and key chain. 
I recently visited Nantucket as part as my travel series and spied these Ugg Australia Tech Ear Muffs by in one of the shops. Brilliant. Perfect for the walkers who live in cold weather climates. Of course, the tech gloves are necessary too if one is to be changing the iPod music as well!

Thanks for having me, Tina! I always love visiting my favorite girl. Hope Everyone’s holiday season is off to a lovely start. Gifts are great but there is no greater gift than giving those you love, your time, your ear, a soft place to fall, a loving embrace or a laugh to share. There is no greater gift than your love year round. Share your heart, love big, don’t hold back. Happy Holidays!

Jeanne of I dream of says…..

For the Francophile
The Christmas gift I wish I could give a bunch of my girlfriends is a do-over on a Paris trip we took a few years ago. The next best thing? Give them something that reminds them of our perfect day at Versailles. This gorgeous new book, Versailles, from Valerie Bajou looks like next best thing to a real life exploration of the palace with lots of history and plenty of gorgeous photos. Add a macaron candle from Voluspa and some Marie Antoinette Tea from Debauve and Galais and it’s almost as good as being there!

http://www.amazon.com/Versailles-Valerie-Bajou/dp/1419700677/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1352787097&sr=1-1&keywords=versailles

http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/voluspa-maison-blanc-macaron-boxed-candle/3176669?origin=category&contextualcategoryid=0&fashionColor=&resultback=0

http://www.barneys.com/Debauve-Gallais-Marie-Antoinette-Tea/00505013956110,default,pd.html?index=10

For the Hostess
With so much to celebrate this time of year, I like to stockpile hostess gifts to make sure I’m never without. Mrs. Lilien’s Cocktail Swatchbook brings swanky fun to a party. And, when you add some vintage cocktail glasses (you can find a great selection on Etsy) and some personalized cocktail napkins, you have the perfect Christmas present for the friend who can turn any day into a party. 

http://www.amazon.com/Liliens-Cocktail-Swatchbook-Kelley-Lilien/dp/0307955141

http://www.paperstyle.com/is-bin/Personalized-Chevron-Green-Cocktail-Napkins-p-9-9950CP?origin=pla&utm_source=Google&utm_Medium=CSE&kw={keyword}&utm_term=99950CP

For the Chef
The Canal House cookbooks are fun to read, simple to follow, and pretty, too. And they are so well-priced, you can afford to give your favorite chef the whole series.  Amazon’s got them, or if you are in Seattle, pop by Red Ticking for a stack, you’ll find French tableware from Sabre and linens from Libeco to pair with them.

http://www.thecanalhouse.com/buythebook.html

http://www.amazon.com/Canal-house-cooking-boxed-set/dp/0982739451

For a Cozy Weekend at Home
I love being treated to a new pair of pajamas at Christmastime. This year, JCrew’s Liberty print PJs are definitely on my wishlist. But which to choose? The blue and white paisley, or pretty floral… Both, please!

http://www.jcrew.com/womens_category/sleepwear/PRDOVR~23750/23750.jsp

 

Carolyn of  Vintage Mulberry says….

I was so excited when Tina so graciously asked me to be a part of this gift giving series! I always leave inspired every time I stop in for a visit with Tina and her incredible blog and I am thrilled to share some of my ideas for Christmas gifts! Because I own my own shop I am quite partial to the items we carry! Christmastime is a very fun time for us because we get to share our most special pieces with you?

First on my list for you to think about is our wonderful line of Sennod jewelry. Sennod is based out of New Orleans and we are grateful to be the exclusive boutique to sell her quality pieces..each vignette is handpicked and we order the chains as we see fit. The lengths vary as well as the silver or the gold. The vignettes are interchangeable so once you have the chain, you can continue to add to your collection of Sennod pieces! You cannot go wrong with a piece of Sennod to add to your collection. Our customers are definitely repeat customers for this discriminating style. Each vintage piece definitely reflects the fact that it was found at an antiques shop! We love having the freedom to do something fun and “frivolous” along with selling antique furniture!
 


Another item we are loving for Christmas gifts and for the Holiday season are our many pieces of fabulous artwork! How can you go wrong by giving someone the gift of art? If you are worried about a large painting being too much then give them hand painted wine glasses or an “itty bitty” by Melissa Payne Baker! I promise you , it will be a gift that is long remembered! I’m giving my mother a tiny landscape painting that she picked out and I am so excited about it! Melissa was voted Atlanta’s number one artist for 2011 and 2012  as seen in Jezebel Magazine. Take a look at a few examples of what I am talking about and you will see why a piece of art of any kind by Melissa would make anyone very happy this Christmas!

Thank you, Tina for including me in this fun blog post at such a special time of year!

Carolyn

 

Lindsay of Sadie and Stella says…..

Hi kitty cats! Almost Merry Christmas from me over at Sadie + Stella. I must admit, I am already gifted out myself. How about you? When Tina asked me to show off some of my favorite gifts for this holiday season, I put my bah humbug spirit aside and let my glam girl flag fly. My favorites definitely range in price (one being more of a stocking stuffer and the other not). Who doesn’t love a high and a low? What they do not range in is glamour. Let’s get to it. 

I mean what glamour girl could resist these babies? Not this one. Merry Christmas to you all and to all come visit me over at Sadie + Stella. Loves! XOXO

Amy of Maison Decor says…..

 

Tina asked me if I would like to offer some suggestions on gift giving
for the holiday season~if you are looking to give something to that
special someone in your life you might consider these two items
that we sell at Maison Decor.  I know I would have been thrilled to 
receive them and I like to give them as wedding gifts
 or as a way to mark a special occasion~take a look!
Our Reproduction Mora Wall Clock.
I hung the pale Louis Blue Mora clock in my living room,
but did you know I custom paint them with Chalk Paint?
to go with any decor?
The Mora clocks are all custom painted by hand by me right in my 
workshop studio.  You select the color you love and I will have your clock 
on its way in two weeks or less~these clocks measure 52″ x 15″ x 3″.
Choose from Traditional Old White (with or without a touch of gilding), 
Cream (pale yellow), Versailles (antique celery green),
Chateau Grey (olive green), Paris Grey, or Antique Red .
Each clock runs on one AA battery and is silent.
Our custom Mora clocks are priced at $240 each.
If you have a special color request for your Mora
please email me at amymaisondecor@gmail.com
and I will see if I can help you out.
 
Another shopper favorite at Maison Decor are our wings!
Beautiful distressed wooden Angel Wings~
they are 46″ long and need about 30″ of width for hanging on a wall as a pair.
 Cream, taupe and bit of verdigris lend this pair of wings an aged look. 
Solid wood, this pair can be hung vertically or horizontally.
If you love Gustavian style these make a fabulous home decor statement!
Priced at $185 the Angel Wings can be found at 
www.shopmaisondecor.com
Wishing everybody a Happy Holiday season from Maison Decor!
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Whoa! So many amazing ideas….seriously I think I could possibly polish off my list with these suggestions alone! (not to imply however I am even nearly done) but its fun to imagine that I am. I hope this might have given you a few ideas too……thanks so much ladies for your amazing ideas and brilliant suggestions. And thank you for stopping in to see what’s happening here at The Enchanted Home. Wishing everyone a fabulous day!

Weekend musings……..

Hi there…time for my random musings and I have a lot to say so consider this a forewarning, this is one long post. Take an extra few minutes, kick back and relax!! Hope things are going well over there…here things are starting to calm down. Our gas lines are easing, power is just about back everywhere, trees are getting cut but make no mistake there is still tremendous need and so much loss. I continue to look for ways to help/contribute because I know for way too many,? the word “normal” is many months away. Thoughts and prayers go out to anyone in Sandy’s path still dealing with the devastation and destruction.?

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I was in Boston last weekend and one of the fun things I got to do was meet up with my buddy, Amy from Maison Decor. I call her Superwoman because well, there’s simply nothing she can’t do, she is super talented, has a fabulous eye, and just opened up not one but TWO amazing stores in the Boston area. When Amy does something…she goes all the way!? She is the “go to” person for Annie Sloan’s chalk paints and has all these amazing workshops, I hope I get to attend one one day, it would be worth the drive!?

She makes everything look so easy and? I am in awe every time I visit her. She is one of those people who might talk about painting a room in the morning and by night, its a done deal. She has a newly painted room, the furniture’s been put back….yep, one of those….. a doer!! Here’s some highlights form her beautiful store? in downtown Boston…..she is now selling online too, so click here to visit and see her gorgeous assortment of French goodies. Thanks Amy for a fun visit!

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Come on inside…..

There is pretty Amy “doing her thing”…….shes such a happy shopkeeper!

This is kind of like an “artists alley”..its lined with loads of galleries and restaurants…..neat!

This brick wall is paying homage to art, and the freedom to express…..
A close up of the wall

? And my pretty goodies I took home with me from Amy’s shop……can never have too many gorgeous silver water pitchers, can you!

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And she was so sweet to give me a gift…gilding wax/paste! I love this product. OMG..you could go a little bonkers with it and forewarning a teeny tiny bit goes a loooong way. It allowed me to touch up on a spot on my bed, a frame and then I set my sights on “enchancing” the ant. brass hardware new to my island. I love it but remember thinking I wish it was 20% brighter…well this magic paste did just the trick! I had such fun going to town…..its subtle but noticeable. Thanks Amy:)

First cup bin is done…see the extra little “pop”









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Can you believe in the middle of all the hurricane chaos, we attended a black tie wedding? And not just any black tie wedding but a fancy schmancy one at the infamous Plaza no doubt! It was spectacular beyond words…they must have bought up every orchid this side of the hemisphere but part of me felt a little guilty about celebrating when there was so much suffering going on around us. Here’s a quick pic I snuck with my iPhone…..?

The grand ballroom decked out in gold and orchids……gorgeous!

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Chocolate.? Please do not even tell me you don’t like it. I cannot be your friend if that’s the case. I LOVE chocolate. Have you ever had See’s candy? SO good! My mom and I both are big fans and I always give her a box for almost any holiday. I went to their website and they did the most clever thing…you can now customize the chocolate selections for your very own box. No more throwing out the cherries and half bitten ones that make you go “ewwhhh”.? How smart is that? So if you are a nut and caramel girl, you can have an entire box of them! I know I am going to be taking advantage of this wonderful “perk”…….love the idea of customizing your own box of chocolates. And trust me, people they are good. Heavenly, can’t stop at just one good. Click here to create a box of chocolates for yourself for the ones you love.



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Another one of my blogging friends, Mandi from Interior Design Musings published such a wonderful gift giving post, it was too good to not share! Seriously I want one of everything…this rocks!! Only bad thing is it kinda makes you concentrate on gift giving to yourself:)

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With Thanksgiving quickly approaching (yikes!), it seems holiday shopping is in full swing. ?So, here are my favorite picks for the season.?
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So the talent just keeps on coming…..just wait till you see this next tidbit. A mega tidbit.? I wanted to create a “The Enchanted Home” logo of some sort, one I could possibly use on my blog but really to have printed up notepads/thank you’s to include with my orders. I knew what I wanted in my head but needed to bring it to reality. I knew just who to ask….Jeanne of I dream of. She is a super talented lady….the first time I saw one of her drawings, I was sucked right in.
Loved her technique, and soft approach to her paintings and drawings. I always click on over to any new post knowing I am in for a decadent treat. So we worked together the last few weeks and I got my finished product. And guess what! They are exactly as I had envisioned them in my head….love love love them! Soon all my orders will have an enclosure with a little? note of thanks bearing one of these gorgeous images…..how to choose just one? I can’t so I am going to use all three and switch it up! Check them out……Thanks Jeanne, you are awesome! Click here to visit her blog and get contact information.

I took my front door and used it as inspiration for this one…..and added my own “future” planters of what I see flanking the side of the door

Her interpretation was spot on!


My guest room.. not totally done but getting there. I wasn’t satisfied with the pics from the last time as they were taken with my iPhone so here’s some better shots taken with my camera…..

Interior shot…..has to look good from all angles!



Its all int the details…this pretty decorative tape was a nice compliment to trim the edges

Love our nightstands, which are from France……



?And I experimented with the two toile pillows in front too….also so pretty!


A little store biz. I am getting a big batch of monogrammed linens soon, they make a great gift for the holidays. And monogrammed soap, necklace and candle orders will be taken right up until Dec. 14th to guarantee Christmas delivery. I am going to be taking a brief hiatus around Dec. 23rd to get the household ready for the holidays and will be processing orders right up to around Dec.22nd. As usual any questions, you may have please feel free to contact me and ask away!

Dough bowls..got a nice surprise. A really nice surprise!? Got a few extra. The 12 I got were sold almost immediately but I do have as of last night 2 small, 4 med and 2 large! Take a look at how pretty…….since there were many emails, at this point I will say its first come first serve. If interested kindly email me here.

Love this big handpainted tole tub…only two $140 each
Got in six more of the Chateau trays 24 x 16? $90..big and perfect for serving and/or display!
Got a few new styles of napkin rings…these are so great looking! Remember if you want these for Christmas your order must be in no? later than Nov. 24th for a guaranteed Christmas delivery. All styles featured on my posts are available even if you don’t yet see them in the online store.Seriously these just get prettier and prettier…….

?Bear pulling basket of fruit

?Bear and bee hive

?Adorable pooch (not sure what kind?) with his doggie bowl

Cat painting at his easel…..check the detail!
LOVE these!!
I do love my planters, I love changing them out seasonally.Starting to “experiement” and have to say I am loving the result…..a sneak peek, but only one…as I am devoting an entire post to this next week:)

?I line the entire bottom with scented pine cones, it looks pretty and smells fabulous!

I am very happy to announce that my New Arrivals will be updated with a bunch of gorgeous fresh products, most of them are limited availability ( a few of each item) but some really fabulous pieces by next Tuesday…not too early to be thinking of gifts though if you are like me you are normally thinking about what you would like to buy yourself.?
Told you this was long. When I ramble…..I raaaaaamble! What happens is I start this at the beginning of the week and add on throughout the week and by the end, well I have a lot to say! Hope you are still with me and if you reading this, you get a special bonus for being a devoted reader and I really really appreciate and thank you for that! Wishing everyone a fabulous and relaxing weekend. Be back on Monday or Tuesday……






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Weekend musings……..

Hi there…time for my random musings and I have a lot to say so consider this a forewarning, this is one long post. Take an extra few minutes, kick back and relax!! Hope things are going well over there…here things are starting to calm down. Our gas lines are easing, power is just about back everywhere, trees are getting cut but make no mistake there is still tremendous need and so much loss. I continue to look for ways to help/contribute because I know for way too many,  the word “normal” is many months away. Thoughts and prayers go out to anyone in Sandy’s path still dealing with the devastation and destruction. 
 
 
I was in Boston last weekend and one of the fun things I got to do was meet up with my buddy, Amy from Maison Decor. I call her Superwoman because well, there’s simply nothing she can’t do, she is super talented, has a fabulous eye, and just opened up not one but TWO amazing stores in the Boston area. When Amy does something…she goes all the way!  She is the “go to” person for Annie Sloan’s chalk paints and has all these amazing workshops, I hope I get to attend one one day, it would be worth the drive! 
She makes everything look so easy and  I am in awe every time I visit her. She is one of those people who might talk about painting a room in the morning and by night, its a done deal. She has a newly painted room, the furniture’s been put back….yep, one of those….. a doer!! Here’s some highlights form her beautiful store  in downtown Boston…..she is now selling online too, so click here to visit and see her gorgeous assortment of French goodies. Thanks Amy for a fun visit!
 

Come on inside…..

There is pretty Amy “doing her thing”…….shes such a happy shopkeeper!

This is kind of like an “artists alley”..its lined with loads of galleries and restaurants…..neat!

This brick wall is paying homage to art, and the freedom to express…..
A close up of the wall

  And my pretty goodies I took home with me from Amy’s shop……can never have too many gorgeous silver water pitchers, can you!

 
And she was so sweet to give me a gift…gilding wax/paste! I love this product. OMG..you could go a little bonkers with it and forewarning a teeny tiny bit goes a loooong way. It allowed me to touch up on a spot on my bed, a frame and then I set my sights on “enchancing” the ant. brass hardware new to my island. I love it but remember thinking I wish it was 20% brighter…well this magic paste did just the trick! I had such fun going to town…..its subtle but noticeable. Thanks Amy:)

First cup bin is done…see the extra little “pop”

 
Can you believe in the middle of all the hurricane chaos, we attended a black tie wedding? And not just any black tie wedding but a fancy schmancy one at the infamous Plaza no doubt! It was spectacular beyond words…they must have bought up every orchid this side of the hemisphere but part of me felt a little guilty about celebrating when there was so much suffering going on around us. Here’s a quick pic I snuck with my iPhone….. 

The grand ballroom decked out in gold and orchids……gorgeous!

 
 
Chocolate.  Please do not even tell me you don’t like it. I cannot be your friend if that’s the case. I LOVE chocolate. Have you ever had See’s candy? SO good! My mom and I both are big fans and I always give her a box for almost any holiday. I went to their website and they did the most clever thing…you can now customize the chocolate selections for your very own box. No more throwing out the cherries and half bitten ones that make you go “ewwhhh”.  How smart is that? So if you are a nut and caramel girl, you can have an entire box of them! I know I am going to be taking advantage of this wonderful “perk”…….love the idea of customizing your own box of chocolates. And trust me, people they are good. Heavenly, can’t stop at just one good. Click here to create a box of chocolates for yourself for the ones you love.
 
 
 
Another one of my blogging friends, Mandi from Interior Design Musings published such a wonderful gift giving post, it was too good to not share! Seriously I want one of everything…this rocks!! Only bad thing is it kinda makes you concentrate on gift giving to yourself:)
 

With Thanksgiving quickly approaching (yikes!), it seems holiday shopping is in full swing.  So, here are my favorite picks for the season. 
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So the talent just keeps on coming…..just wait till you see this next tidbit. A mega tidbit.  I wanted to create a “The Enchanted Home” logo of some sort, one I could possibly use on my blog but really to have printed up notepads/thank you’s to include with my orders. I knew what I wanted in my head but needed to bring it to reality. I knew just who to ask….Jeanne of I dream of. She is a super talented lady….the first time I saw one of her drawings, I was sucked right in.
Loved her technique, and soft approach to her paintings and drawings. I always click on over to any new post knowing I am in for a decadent treat. So we worked together the last few weeks and I got my finished product. And guess what! They are exactly as I had envisioned them in my head….love love love them! Soon all my orders will have an enclosure with a little  note of thanks bearing one of these gorgeous images…..how to choose just one? I can’t so I am going to use all three and switch it up! Check them out……Thanks Jeanne, you are awesome! Click here to visit her blog and get contact information.

I took my front door and used it as inspiration for this one…..and added my own “future” planters of what I see flanking the side of the door

Her interpretation was spot on!


My guest room.. not totally done but getting there. I wasn’t satisfied with the pics from the last time as they were taken with my iPhone so here’s some better shots taken with my camera…..

Interior shot…..has to look good from all angles!

Its all int the details…this pretty decorative tape was a nice compliment to trim the edges

Love our nightstands, which are from France……

 And I experimented with the two toile pillows in front too….also so pretty!

A little store biz. I am getting a big batch of monogrammed linens soon, they make a great gift for the holidays. And monogrammed soap, necklace and candle orders will be taken right up until Dec. 14th to guarantee Christmas delivery. I am going to be taking a brief hiatus around Dec. 23rd to get the household ready for the holidays and will be processing orders right up to around Dec.22nd. As usual any questions, you may have please feel free to contact me and ask away!

Dough bowls..got a nice surprise. A really nice surprise!  Got a few extra. The 12 I got were sold almost immediately but I do have as of last night 2 small, 4 med and 2 large! Take a look at how pretty…….since there were many emails, at this point I will say its first come first serve. If interested kindly email me here.

Love this big handpainted tole tub…only two $140 each
Got in six more of the Chateau trays 24 x 16  $90..big and perfect for serving and/or display!
Got a few new styles of napkin rings…these are so great looking! Remember if you want these for Christmas your order must be in no  later than Nov. 24th for a guaranteed Christmas delivery. All styles featured on my posts are available even if you don’t yet see them in the online store.Seriously these just get prettier and prettier…….

 Bear pulling basket of fruit

 Bear and bee hive

 Adorable pooch (not sure what kind?) with his doggie bowl

Cat painting at his easel…..check the detail!
LOVE these!!
I do love my planters, I love changing them out seasonally.Starting to “experiement” and have to say I am loving the result…..a sneak peek, but only one…as I am devoting an entire post to this next week:)

 I line the entire bottom with scented pine cones, it looks pretty and smells fabulous!

I am very happy to announce that my New Arrivals will be updated with a bunch of gorgeous fresh products, most of them are limited availability ( a few of each item) but some really fabulous pieces by next Tuesday…not too early to be thinking of gifts though if you are like me you are normally thinking about what you would like to buy yourself
Told you this was long. When I ramble…..I raaaaaamble! What happens is I start this at the beginning of the week and add on throughout the week and by the end, well I have a lot to say! Hope you are still with me and if you reading this, you get a special bonus for being a devoted reader and I really really appreciate and thank you for that! Wishing everyone a fabulous and relaxing weekend. Be back on Monday or Tuesday……

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