The results are in and some Pinterest pretties!

Hello and Happy Sunday to you. Over here, its another freeeeeezing day. This is the kind of biting cold that honestly makes you want to stay inside in your pjs, hop into your bed and not leave until March. It is bitter, gray and incredibly uninviting. It is quite something that so much of our country is experiencing this extreme cold. I say please bring on an early spring!!

Good day for the movies…we may head out to one later on. Seen anything good lately? We saw Twelve Years a slave and I must say it was excellent. I have heard rave reviews over Lone Survivor, it looks intense but incredible and to know it’s a true story makes it that more compelling. Any other recommendations?

I really appreciate the over 200 bloggers that participated in my blogger poll. The results were so interesting and I know many of you are eager to see them. The results are below, wondering if there were any surprises to you?

I am also sharing some beautiful (and a few mouth watering) images from my Pinterest boards, random things of beauty and/or inspiration that caught my attention this week. If you want to see more click here.

And finally, if you love your kitchen and think it’s “contest ready” please snap a picture and send it in for my Kitchen contest! I have gotten some amazing pictures so far and look forward to getting more. Details are on the bottom.

Now for those results…..

1. Do you generally look over other people’s comments before you leave your own??

OK…yes sometimes? 45%
Yes! All the time??? ?? 32%
No…never ? ? ? ? ? ? ??? 23%

2. How important are comments on your blog?

Huge, they make my day and validate why I do this in the first place ??
?47%
Average…..I love getting them but don’t need them to validate what I do??
? 44%
Not that important, they are a minor part of why I blog??
?9%

3. How many hours a day do you spend on blogging?

1-2?? 56%
2-4?? 26%
4-6?? 14%
6-8?? 6%

4. Blogging is changing thanks in part to Pinterest and other social media sites?

Yes, absolutely??? 57%
Not dramatically, its a great companion to blogging?? 34%
Not that I have seen?? 8%

5. Is there a social hierarchy in the blog world? Does it matter?

Yes, absolutely as in real life?? 63%
There might be but I have not noticed or paid much attention?? 28%
I dont’ think so, its a virtual world so it’s quite different ? 10%

6. How gratifying is blogging?

I really enjoy it but its not my epicenter ? 49%
It’s hugely gratifying, I cannot imagine life without it?? 34%
It’s a small part of my life, more like a minor hobby ?? 17%

7. How likely is it that you will be blogging in four years from now?

I would like to but who knows? 70%
You can bet on it…can’t imagine life without it 24%
Highly doubt it, it’s fun but not forever 5%


8. If you advertise on your blog, what do you make on your blog annually?

?$1,000-4,000???? 45%
$10,000- 20,000? 22%
$6,000-10,000?? 12%
$4,000-6,000???? 8%
$30,000 or more? 8%


9. How many blogs on average do you visit every day?

5-10? 39%
1-5??? 26%
10-20?? 21%
More than 20?? 14%


10. How likely are you to visit a new blog or look for new blogs of interest?

Very likely…always looking for the next great thing!?? 51%
Here and there, I look when I can? 44%
Just about never, just don’t have the time? 5%


11. What is the number one piece of advice you would give a new blogger?

Make sure you have an authentic voice?? 38%
It is your content and what you write that will keep people coming back ?? 26%
Be sure your blog has a lot of pretty pictures, that is what draws? people in??? 25%
Develop a thick skin, people can be tough? 10%


12. Your family and friends support your blog and understand why you do it.

Yes?? 82%
No??? 18%


13. When someone leaves a rude comment,? will you delete or keep it?

Depends on the severity of the comment? 57%
I will promptly remove it? 27%
No to each his own, I leave it, doesn’t really affect me that much? 16%


14. If you visit a blog and dont’ like what you see , will you still leave a comment?

No I will generally only leave a comment if I truly like what I see? 53%
Depends not always?? 33%
Yes, if it’s a blog I visit I will find something nice to say?? 13%


15. How many years/months have you been blogging?

2-3 years? 22%
3-5 years? 21%
1-2 years? 19%
5 years or more? 15%
1-6 months??? 13%
6 months-1 year?? 10%

16. Think of all the blogs you visit daily and how often you leave a comment vs. just looking and leaving

I mostly do not comment but do visit? 31%
I would say I leave a comment on about 50% of the blogs I visit? 21%
Maybe about 25-50% of the ones I visit? 20%
I try to leave a comment on 80-100% of the blogs I visit? 17%
Maybe about a quarter of the blogs I visit do I leave a comment on? 12%

Some interesting findings, don’t you think? Did anything here surprise you? For me it might be that the majority visit blogs but do not comment. I find less time to comment than I used to but I still do my best to leave a comment (when inspired) at all my “usual stops”. Looks like most of you think blogging is changing in part due to Pinterest and other sites, don’t know if that’s good or bad yet?

The good news for newer bloggers is that the majority of us will seek out new blogs and are always looking for the next best thing…that could be YOU!? And interesting that the majority of us look over other peoples comments, I do on occasion but not regularly. This was fun and enlightening.? Many thanks again for participating!!

Now lets turn off our brains and just enjoy some pretty inspirations, shall we?


?Anytime you end with pictures of darling children its always sure to put a smile on my face! Hope you enjoyed this random inspiration….if you want to see more of my Pinterest boards click here.

Many thanks as always for stopping in, and to all my fellow bloggers who took the time to participate in the poll. Always a good thing to continue learning and growing. Wishing everyone a fabulous and hopefully relaxing Sunday!

Here are the details for my KITCHEN LOVE contest…..

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.
Talk to you soon!


The results are in and some Pinterest pretties!

Hello and Happy Sunday to you. Over here, its another freeeeeezing day. This is the kind of biting cold that honestly makes you want to stay inside in your pjs, hop into your bed and not leave until March. It is bitter, gray and incredibly uninviting. It is quite something that so much of our country is experiencing this extreme cold. I say please bring on an early spring!!

Good day for the movies…we may head out to one later on. Seen anything good lately? We saw Twelve Years a slave and I must say it was excellent. I have heard rave reviews over Lone Survivor, it looks intense but incredible and to know it’s a true story makes it that more compelling. Any other recommendations?

I really appreciate the over 200 bloggers that participated in my blogger poll. The results were so interesting and I know many of you are eager to see them. The results are below, wondering if there were any surprises to you?

I am also sharing some beautiful (and a few mouth watering) images from my Pinterest boards, random things of beauty and/or inspiration that caught my attention this week. If you want to see more click here.

And finally, if you love your kitchen and think it’s “contest ready” please snap a picture and send it in for my Kitchen contest! I have gotten some amazing pictures so far and look forward to getting more. Details are on the bottom.

Now for those results…..

1. Do you generally look over other people’s comments before you leave your own? 

OK…yes sometimes  45%
Yes! All the time       32%
No…never                 23%

2. How important are comments on your blog?

Huge, they make my day and validate why I do this in the first place   
 47%
Average…..I love getting them but don’t need them to validate what I do  
  44%
Not that important, they are a minor part of why I blog  
 9%

3. How many hours a day do you spend on blogging?

1-2   56%
2-4   26%
4-6   14%
6-8   6%

4. Blogging is changing thanks in part to Pinterest and other social media sites?

Yes, absolutely    57%
Not dramatically, its a great companion to blogging   34%
Not that I have seen   8%

5. Is there a social hierarchy in the blog world? Does it matter?

Yes, absolutely as in real life   63%
There might be but I have not noticed or paid much attention   28%
I dont’ think so, its a virtual world so it’s quite different   10%

6. How gratifying is blogging?

I really enjoy it but its not my epicenter   49%
It’s hugely gratifying, I cannot imagine life without it   34%
It’s a small part of my life, more like a minor hobby    17%

7. How likely is it that you will be blogging in four years from now?

I would like to but who knows  70%
You can bet on it…can’t imagine life without it 24%
Highly doubt it, it’s fun but not forever 5%


8. If you advertise on your blog, what do you make on your blog annually?

 $1,000-4,000     45%
$10,000- 20,000  22%
$6,000-10,000   12%
$4,000-6,000     8%
$30,000 or more  8%


9. How many blogs on average do you visit every day?

5-10  39%
1-5    26%
10-20   21%
More than 20   14%


10. How likely are you to visit a new blog or look for new blogs of interest?

Very likely…always looking for the next great thing!   51%
Here and there, I look when I can  44%
Just about never, just don’t have the time  5%


11. What is the number one piece of advice you would give a new blogger?

Make sure you have an authentic voice   38%
It is your content and what you write that will keep people coming back    26%
Be sure your blog has a lot of pretty pictures, that is what draws  people in    25%
Develop a thick skin, people can be tough  10%


12. Your family and friends support your blog and understand why you do it.

Yes   82%
No    18%


13. When someone leaves a rude comment,  will you delete or keep it?

Depends on the severity of the comment  57%
I will promptly remove it  27%
No to each his own, I leave it, doesn’t really affect me that much  16%


14. If you visit a blog and dont’ like what you see , will you still leave a comment?

No I will generally only leave a comment if I truly like what I see  53%
Depends not always   33%
Yes, if it’s a blog I visit I will find something nice to say   13%


15. How many years/months have you been blogging?

2-3 years  22%
3-5 years  21%
1-2 years  19%
5 years or more  15%
1-6 months    13%
6 months-1 year   10%

16. Think of all the blogs you visit daily and how often you leave a comment vs. just looking and leaving

I mostly do not comment but do visit  31%
I would say I leave a comment on about 50% of the blogs I visit  21%
Maybe about 25-50% of the ones I visit  20%
I try to leave a comment on 80-100% of the blogs I visit  17%
Maybe about a quarter of the blogs I visit do I leave a comment on  12%

Some interesting findings, don’t you think? Did anything here surprise you? For me it might be that the majority visit blogs but do not comment. I find less time to comment than I used to but I still do my best to leave a comment (when inspired) at all my “usual stops”. Looks like most of you think blogging is changing in part due to Pinterest and other sites, don’t know if that’s good or bad yet?

The good news for newer bloggers is that the majority of us will seek out new blogs and are always looking for the next best thing…that could be YOU!  And interesting that the majority of us look over other peoples comments, I do on occasion but not regularly. This was fun and enlightening.  Many thanks again for participating!!

Now lets turn off our brains and just enjoy some pretty inspirations, shall we?


 Anytime you end with pictures of darling children its always sure to put a smile on my face! Hope you enjoyed this random inspiration….if you want to see more of my Pinterest boards click here.

Many thanks as always for stopping in, and to all my fellow bloggers who took the time to participate in the poll. Always a good thing to continue learning and growing. Wishing everyone a fabulous and hopefully relaxing Sunday!

Here are the details for my KITCHEN LOVE contest…..

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.
Talk to you soon!


The tale of two showhouses….

Hi there! Don’t forget to enter the pillow giveaway (my weekly giveaway) click here if you missed it. And of course loving all the beautiful “Hooray for the holidays” pictures I am getting and hope you will participate. All details on bottom.

Moving onto one of my favorite subjects…….designer showhouses!? I attended not one but two show houses recently and there were so many lovely things to share that it warranted its very own post:) I love show houses but have to say I have been disappointed in recent years over them and don’t remember going to many that I loved, at least not the way I used to.

?I used to come home and dream of what I saw and felt so inspired to start sprucing up my own house……but that has not been the case in recent years, most have disappointed with a few winning rooms amidst a bunch of underwhelming? and lackluster ones. So these were both a treat…. even if some of these rooms were not exactly my taste they were done really well and I had a definite? appreciation for the attention to detail, the imagination and creativity used and how they went the “extra mile”.? I am excited to share with you some of the beauty today! Ready to come inside?

House (if you can call it that) number one. The first house was done in the most palatial turn of the century masterpieces built for the famed Guggenheim Family in Sands Point, NY. Called Hempstead House, or the Sands Point Preserve, it sits on one of the most prime spots overlooking the Long Island sound, affording it practically a panoramic view. Built in 1917, it is really something to behold!? If you want to find out more about this architectural gem, click here.

VERY PICTURE HEAVY….SO BE SURE TO TAKE A SEAT AND GRAB ANOTHER CUP OF JAVA!

?Even if there wasn’t a single piece of furniture it would be worth it to visit just to take in the majesty and grandeur…oh if only those walls could talk! Today it is owned by the county and serves as a museum and is a registered landmark. It was a positively regal home to have a showhouse in! Come inside…..

?Pretty breathtaking…don’t you think?
?Upon entering there is a massive sunken Palm court (foyer to most of us little people)
?The dining room….interesting how they made it all white and so modern, it was a great twist, very Phillipe Starck!

?This massive sunroom with the most amazing stonework became a billiards room…a very big one! (done by Keith Baltimore) I could see some serious parties in this space!

?Of course my eye went straight to the magnificent Provence planter…really love this one!

Upon entering the magnificent and very palatial living room done beautifully by Safavieh Home which took the award for best room

?This one picture has me rethinking my own breakfast room with a much smaller bay of windows but its the same idea….LOVE the window seat and all the pillows!

?It was a very dramatic space…..with 16 foot ceilings!

?The windows were amazing at every turn!

Onto the family room which is piggybacked to the living room…so has a similar style architecturally, same windows,etc…..

?You don’t see fireplaces like this anymore!
?Or ceilings like this one!

?Or how about this absolutely incredible limestone stair tower…at one time looks like an organ lived up there!

Upon entering what I thought was the prettiest bedroom of the house…and what a way to be greeted!

?This was the “bridal room” done by Liz Cordeiro, it was quite beautiful and overlooks the sound!

?The faux fur throws gave it a very Hollywood retro vibe…super glamorous!

?In another room which didn’t excite me, I was impressed with the creative approach to filling the fireplace…..so interesting!

?This bedroom was like a throwback, it was done really well and authentically. I almost felt swept away to another era.

And check out these killer views…..they were beyond words!

?The back of the house, unfortunately the sun was so bright, it made taking pictures from the back challenging

?Ahh…here we go, a little better!

?That is yet another mansion built on the same property, rumor has it for the wife and her “boyfriend”

?A side view of the magnificent porte cochere…..amazing!

?It looks more like a university than a home….but it was such a treat to visit! I love being taken back to earlier times and it was easy to imagine the living large, the parties, the holidays, that all took place here…magical!

Moving along to the second house, a? much more manageable and “human sized” abode? but nevertheless a very? stately home, the kind of house you walk in and can actually imagine living in. I thought this was really well done.? It is a home built in around 1920 but it was lovingly restored an felt fresh and new. Very very charming. Come on inside…..

Darling and charming bathroom…..love the Scalamandre paper!

Very cozy den/library…love the more transitional take in a very traditional room

Now entering the living room, done in very pale powdery blues and creams…..

Loved the sunroom done by Rinfret group! Recognize the lantern from the custom tole line I carry!

Moving along outside to the patio….I wouldn’t do orange myself but it really worked here and was so “fall like”….

Charming herb garden

How perfectly round are those mums!
Love the old brick walkway around the garden

Fell in love with these uber charming topiaries!!

Beautiful dining room courtesy of Barbara of Hampton Hostess fame….so well done!

Cozy sitting area off the kitchen

Interesting tile mosaic backsplash…always fun to see the new trends!

This was a small study off the kitchen but sooo cozy and so well done complete with tiny wet bar

Eat in breakfast space……

Breakfast room looking into the kitchen


Gotta love this laundry room…this could anyone excited to do laundry! Such a feel good room…….

Welcome to a guest room or a great teenage girls room….nicely done!

You know I loved the bathroom that went with it….I spy blue and white!

Up on the third floor was a bonafide mancave, my sons would LOVE this space..pics were dark though.

Back to the living room…..

And that glorious sunroom…..

And that great bathroom on our way out had to take one last pic!

This beautiful chinoisereie was found in a small vestibule off the foyer

Gorgeous painted ceiling

Outside the foliage was fully ablaze in a rhapsody of color……

Loved this charming little vignette right off the main foyer……….

I haven’t seen this before, but how beautiful! Mirror around the fireplace…..very very pretty!

Back to the dining room…told you there is no rhyme or reason to the sequence of these pictures!

Living room…..

Heading upstairs…..(again)!

Small but charming master bath and bedroom…..

So there you have it! Which house do you like more? Obviously one is like a museum and though it was incredible to visit..it would be hard to imagine living there. However with a staff as they used to have it….maybe I would reconsider:) They were a treat to attend and it restored my faith in one of my favorite pastimes, going to designer showhouses! Hope you enjoyed…did you have a favorite room?

Three things before I go! Today is the last day to be eligible for the gorgeous pillow giveaway from Studio Trullia. Don’t miss out…its a beauty! Click here for details and find out how to enter!

If you missed my latest batch of steals and deals….(last one until after Thanksgiving) click here, there are a few things left but most are sold. I will have my final steal and deals first week of December, so stay tuned!

Third, I am so enjoying receiving all of your “Hooray for the holiday” pictures, details below-

The new theme is “Hooray for the Holidays“. I am accepting pictures for anything having to do with the holidays (Halloween, Thanksgiving or Christmas) up until Dec. 4th. I will run the contest through Dec. 8th and announce a winner on Monday, Dec.9th. I have already gotten some beauties so send yours in!

No rules…however you interpret “Hooray for the Holidays”. Could be a favorite meal, your home all decked out, your Thanksgiving table, a pretty table setting from a holiday past, a pet or child showing their spirit, etc…..I know I am in for a treat, your talents and inspirations always blow me away. Same rules, two pictures per entrant, you must put Hooray for the Holidays in the subject line of your email (I get a ton of email and don’t? want it lost in the shuffle).

A reminder that these must be your pictures (not necessarily of your home but pictures that belong to you, not taken off internet)

Email me your pictures to theenchantedhome@gmail.com. Thank in advance for entering, you have a little over 2 weeks to send them in! I will also hold a Christmas themed contest in early Jan so get those cameras ready! Some ideas…..

The tale of two showhouses….

Hi there! Don’t forget to enter the pillow giveaway (my weekly giveaway) click here if you missed it. And of course loving all the beautiful “Hooray for the holidays” pictures I am getting and hope you will participate. All details on bottom.

Moving onto one of my favorite subjects…….designer showhouses!  I attended not one but two show houses recently and there were so many lovely things to share that it warranted its very own post:) I love show houses but have to say I have been disappointed in recent years over them and don’t remember going to many that I loved, at least not the way I used to.

 I used to come home and dream of what I saw and felt so inspired to start sprucing up my own house……but that has not been the case in recent years, most have disappointed with a few winning rooms amidst a bunch of underwhelming  and lackluster ones. So these were both a treat…. even if some of these rooms were not exactly my taste they were done really well and I had a definite  appreciation for the attention to detail, the imagination and creativity used and how they went the “extra mile”.  I am excited to share with you some of the beauty today! Ready to come inside?

House (if you can call it that) number one. The first house was done in the most palatial turn of the century masterpieces built for the famed Guggenheim Family in Sands Point, NY. Called Hempstead House, or the Sands Point Preserve, it sits on one of the most prime spots overlooking the Long Island sound, affording it practically a panoramic view. Built in 1917, it is really something to behold!  If you want to find out more about this architectural gem, click here.

VERY PICTURE HEAVY….SO BE SURE TO TAKE A SEAT AND GRAB ANOTHER CUP OF JAVA!

 Even if there wasn’t a single piece of furniture it would be worth it to visit just to take in the majesty and grandeur…oh if only those walls could talk! Today it is owned by the county and serves as a museum and is a registered landmark. It was a positively regal home to have a showhouse in! Come inside…..

 Pretty breathtaking…don’t you think?
 Upon entering there is a massive sunken Palm court (foyer to most of us little people)
 The dining room….interesting how they made it all white and so modern, it was a great twist, very Phillipe Starck!

 This massive sunroom with the most amazing stonework became a billiards room…a very big one! (done by Keith Baltimore) I could see some serious parties in this space!

 Of course my eye went straight to the magnificent Provence planter…really love this one!

Upon entering the magnificent and very palatial living room done beautifully by Safavieh Home which took the award for best room

 This one picture has me rethinking my own breakfast room with a much smaller bay of windows but its the same idea….LOVE the window seat and all the pillows!

 It was a very dramatic space…..with 16 foot ceilings!

 The windows were amazing at every turn!

Onto the family room which is piggybacked to the living room…so has a similar style architecturally, same windows,etc…..

 You don’t see fireplaces like this anymore!
 Or ceilings like this one!

 Or how about this absolutely incredible limestone stair tower…at one time looks like an organ lived up there!

Upon entering what I thought was the prettiest bedroom of the house…and what a way to be greeted!

 This was the “bridal room” done by Liz Cordeiro, it was quite beautiful and overlooks the sound!

 The faux fur throws gave it a very Hollywood retro vibe…super glamorous!

 In another room which didn’t excite me, I was impressed with the creative approach to filling the fireplace…..so interesting!

 This bedroom was like a throwback, it was done really well and authentically. I almost felt swept away to another era.

And check out these killer views…..they were beyond words!

 The back of the house, unfortunately the sun was so bright, it made taking pictures from the back challenging

 Ahh…here we go, a little better!

 That is yet another mansion built on the same property, rumor has it for the wife and her “boyfriend”

 A side view of the magnificent porte cochere…..amazing!

 It looks more like a university than a home….but it was such a treat to visit! I love being taken back to earlier times and it was easy to imagine the living large, the parties, the holidays, that all took place here…magical!

Moving along to the second house, a  much more manageable and “human sized” abode  but nevertheless a very  stately home, the kind of house you walk in and can actually imagine living in. I thought this was really well done.  It is a home built in around 1920 but it was lovingly restored an felt fresh and new. Very very charming. Come on inside…..

Darling and charming bathroom…..love the Scalamandre paper!

Very cozy den/library…love the more transitional take in a very traditional room

Now entering the living room, done in very pale powdery blues and creams…..

Loved the sunroom done by Rinfret group! Recognize the lantern from the custom tole line I carry!

Moving along outside to the patio….I wouldn’t do orange myself but it really worked here and was so “fall like”….

Charming herb garden

How perfectly round are those mums!
Love the old brick walkway around the garden

Fell in love with these uber charming topiaries!!

Beautiful dining room courtesy of Barbara of Hampton Hostess fame….so well done!

Cozy sitting area off the kitchen

Interesting tile mosaic backsplash…always fun to see the new trends!

This was a small study off the kitchen but sooo cozy and so well done complete with tiny wet bar

Eat in breakfast space……

Breakfast room looking into the kitchen


Gotta love this laundry room…this could anyone excited to do laundry! Such a feel good room…….

Welcome to a guest room or a great teenage girls room….nicely done!

You know I loved the bathroom that went with it….I spy blue and white!

Up on the third floor was a bonafide mancave, my sons would LOVE this space..pics were dark though.

Back to the living room…..

And that glorious sunroom…..

And that great bathroom on our way out had to take one last pic!

This beautiful chinoisereie was found in a small vestibule off the foyer

Gorgeous painted ceiling

Outside the foliage was fully ablaze in a rhapsody of color……

Loved this charming little vignette right off the main foyer……….

I haven’t seen this before, but how beautiful! Mirror around the fireplace…..very very pretty!

Back to the dining room…told you there is no rhyme or reason to the sequence of these pictures!

Living room…..

Heading upstairs…..(again)!

Small but charming master bath and bedroom…..

So there you have it! Which house do you like more? Obviously one is like a museum and though it was incredible to visit..it would be hard to imagine living there. However with a staff as they used to have it….maybe I would reconsider:) They were a treat to attend and it restored my faith in one of my favorite pastimes, going to designer showhouses! Hope you enjoyed…did you have a favorite room?

Three things before I go! Today is the last day to be eligible for the gorgeous pillow giveaway from Studio Trullia. Don’t miss out…its a beauty! Click here for details and find out how to enter!

If you missed my latest batch of steals and deals….(last one until after Thanksgiving) click here, there are a few things left but most are sold. I will have my final steal and deals first week of December, so stay tuned!

Third, I am so enjoying receiving all of your “Hooray for the holiday” pictures, details below-

The new theme is “Hooray for the Holidays“. I am accepting pictures for anything having to do with the holidays (Halloween, Thanksgiving or Christmas) up until Dec. 4th. I will run the contest through Dec. 8th and announce a winner on Monday, Dec.9th. I have already gotten some beauties so send yours in!

No rules…however you interpret “Hooray for the Holidays”. Could be a favorite meal, your home all decked out, your Thanksgiving table, a pretty table setting from a holiday past, a pet or child showing their spirit, etc…..I know I am in for a treat, your talents and inspirations always blow me away. Same rules, two pictures per entrant, you must put Hooray for the Holidays in the subject line of your email (I get a ton of email and don’t  want it lost in the shuffle).

A reminder that these must be your pictures (not necessarily of your home but pictures that belong to you, not taken off internet)

Email me your pictures to theenchantedhome@gmail.com. Thank in advance for entering, you have a little over 2 weeks to send them in! I will also hold a Christmas themed contest in early Jan so get those cameras ready! Some ideas…..

Bloggers beautiful abodes…Mary Ann of Classic Casual Home

?Sure hope this posts on time as I scheduled this for Monday morning while I am away. I ?am being featured over at Amy Vermillion’s?blog today for her “Whats on my nightstand” posts…such a fun idea! Hope you will come visit me there after reading this post. Click here to visit.

Good morning! Time for another? round of “Bloggers beautiful abodes” and have I got a treat for you! So sit back and savor that cup of coffee or tea and enjoy this post full of beauty and wisdom. ?Say hello to super talented……..

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Mary Ann is an uber talented? Newport Beach, California based designer (if she wasn’t so sweet it would be easy to hate her for being lucky enough to live that California dream). She is always doing something gorgeous whether in her own beautiful home or adding her touches to ?her friends ……and trust me they ALL look right out of the pages of your favorite design magazine!?

She has totally nailed the elegant coastal vibe to perfection and I am a huge fan of her work and her blog. Whether she is redoing a guest room, prepping for the most beautiful taco night I have ever seen or planning a little fete in her home…rest assured its something you want to see and take notes on!? Her blog is one I simply do not miss. Period. I feel like we are friends and know we would be fast friends if we ever meet ?If you don’t know of her, be sure you head over to say hello and by all means sign up…..her blog is a total keeper. Enough of me, lets hear from wonderful Mary Ann………

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Thank you, Tina, for inviting me to tell?
you and your?“enchanting readers”?
a bit about our home in?
Newport Beach, California.?
It’s small, as many homes?
are on Lido Isle
(the island below on the right)
but we can walk or ride bikes?
to the beach. ?

See the patch of grass on the sand? ?
That is the playground for the grammar school where our son attended.
He always came home with sand in his shoes!


1. How long have you been in your present home?? Is this it for the long haul? Anything you would care to change if you could?

It’s a 1950’s cottage that we remodeled and moved into two and a half years ago.
I’m not sure we’ll stay here forever.?
The people inside the home are what’s important to me,
but this would be a comfortable place “for the long haul.” ?

If I could change anything, I wish we had more of a foyer…but there just isn’t room. ?
I do love our dutch door.

2.?If you could only live in two rooms of your house, which two would be the ones?

My bedroom because I like to be lazy and
our patio has been nice to relax in lately.



3. How would you describe your decorating style?

Casual with a little French?
and?classic elegance.


Both the child’s corner chair and?fireplace screen?
were bought at flea markets in France.

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

I don’t really have a favorite color combination. ?In my own home, I like a white backdrop so I can play with color. ?I do enjoy doing all neutral interiors for others who prefer it though.
Same chairs two ways.




5. Favorite room of your house and why?

Right now, it’s our guest room since I just finished it for the?One Room Challenge. I stenciled the wall myself…a major feat for a non-do-it-yourselfer (but it only costed about $35).


6. Best two tips you can give to anyone looking to tackle the decorating of their own home? ??

  • Hire a decorator (through referrals), even to use just as a sounding board. ?He/she can help keep you on track with your goals and budget. ?If that’s not an option enlist a friend who’s taste you admire.
  • Start files on Pinterest, Houzz and from magazines. ?When you start to see common threads in your images, you will begin to understand your style preferences.

Best two things to NOT do?

  • Don’t get in over your head doing work like electrical or plumbing that is better left for the professionals
  • Don’t be afraid to try things…move your furniture around, mix it up (I might go a little overboard here 🙂

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

My husband would say it’s his stove since he loves to cook.
I like the storage in our pantry and that I can use the appliances in there and keep our counters clear.


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


With books, trays, plants…
Or coral.



9.Any advice on the subject of lighting?


Dimmers, especially on overhead lighting. ?
Layer with task lighting wherever you might want to read and also for ambiance.

10. Have a favorite paint color? Do tell!

I have this Benjamin Moore White Dove?
on walls throughout my house. ?



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


Fruit (the lemons are from our tree),?
flowers and candles!



12.?Fill in the blank- If money was no object, the very first thing?I would buy for my home would be…


?a?beautiful, antique Persian rug in muted tones for the living room. ?Ah…someday.

Thanks so much for having me over, Tina!!!

Best wishes,
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Is she good or is she good? Mary Ann……..I never tire of seeing your beautiful and welcoming? home. It is just so warm, elegant and beautifully put together and that guest room must have been done with me in mind so pencil me in for June 🙂 By the way….that taco night I mentioned, well here it is……..don’t know about you but in my casa, taco night does not look like this:)

And check out the bridal? shower she threw…..are you available for my birthday in December?

Love these tomato caprese appetizers that she made……

?Thanks to everyone for stopping in and to Mary Ann for opening up her gorgeous abode for us all to marvel over! Be sure to stop over and say hello to the lovely Mary Ann, click here.

If you want to check out? my guest post over at Amy Vermillion’s blog (and I do hope you will) click here.

Thanks for stopping in…have a wonderful Monday!

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Bloggers beautiful abodes…Mary Ann of Classic Casual Home

 Sure hope this posts on time as I scheduled this for Monday morning while I am away. I  am being featured over at Amy Vermillion’s blog today for her “Whats on my nightstand” posts…such a fun idea! Hope you will come visit me there after reading this post. Click here to visit.

Good morning! Time for another  round of “Bloggers beautiful abodes” and have I got a treat for you! So sit back and savor that cup of coffee or tea and enjoy this post full of beauty and wisdom.  Say hello to super talented……..

                                     
Mary Ann is an uber talented  Newport Beach, California based designer (if she wasn’t so sweet it would be easy to hate her for being lucky enough to live that California dream). She is always doing something gorgeous whether in her own beautiful home or adding her touches to  her friends ……and trust me they ALL look right out of the pages of your favorite design magazine! 

She has totally nailed the elegant coastal vibe to perfection and I am a huge fan of her work and her blog. Whether she is redoing a guest room, prepping for the most beautiful taco night I have ever seen or planning a little fete in her home…rest assured its something you want to see and take notes on!  Her blog is one I simply do not miss. Period. I feel like we are friends and know we would be fast friends if we ever meet  If you don’t know of her, be sure you head over to say hello and by all means sign up…..her blog is a total keeper. Enough of me, lets hear from wonderful Mary Ann………

____________________________

Thank you, Tina, for inviting me to tell 
you and your “enchanting readers” 
a bit about our home in 
Newport Beach, California. 
It’s small, as many homes 
are on Lido Isle
(the island below on the right)
but we can walk or ride bikes 
to the beach.  

See the patch of grass on the sand?  
That is the playground for the grammar school where our son attended.
He always came home with sand in his shoes!


1. How long have you been in your present home?  Is this it for the long haul? Anything you would care to change if you could?

It’s a 1950’s cottage that we remodeled and moved into two and a half years ago.
I’m not sure we’ll stay here forever. 
The people inside the home are what’s important to me,
but this would be a comfortable place “for the long haul.”  

If I could change anything, I wish we had more of a foyer…but there just isn’t room.  
I do love our dutch door.

2. If you could only live in two rooms of your house, which two would be the ones?

My bedroom because I like to be lazy and
our patio has been nice to relax in lately.



3. How would you describe your decorating style?

Casual with a little French 
and classic elegance.


Both the child’s corner chair and fireplace screen 
were bought at flea markets in France.

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

I don’t really have a favorite color combination.  In my own home, I like a white backdrop so I can play with color.  I do enjoy doing all neutral interiors for others who prefer it though.
Same chairs two ways.




5. Favorite room of your house and why?

Right now, it’s our guest room since I just finished it for the One Room Challenge. I stenciled the wall myself…a major feat for a non-do-it-yourselfer (but it only costed about $35).


6. Best two tips you can give to anyone looking to tackle the decorating of their own home?   

  • Hire a decorator (through referrals), even to use just as a sounding board.  He/she can help keep you on track with your goals and budget.  If that’s not an option enlist a friend who’s taste you admire.
  • Start files on Pinterest, Houzz and from magazines.  When you start to see common threads in your images, you will begin to understand your style preferences.

Best two things to NOT do?

  • Don’t get in over your head doing work like electrical or plumbing that is better left for the professionals
  • Don’t be afraid to try things…move your furniture around, mix it up (I might go a little overboard here 🙂

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

My husband would say it’s his stove since he loves to cook.
I like the storage in our pantry and that I can use the appliances in there and keep our counters clear.


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


With books, trays, plants…
Or coral.



9.Any advice on the subject of lighting?


Dimmers, especially on overhead lighting.  
Layer with task lighting wherever you might want to read and also for ambiance.

10. Have a favorite paint color? Do tell!

I have this Benjamin Moore White Dove 
on walls throughout my house.  



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


Fruit (the lemons are from our tree), 
flowers and candles!



12. Fill in the blank- If money was no object, the very first thing I would buy for my home would be…


 beautiful, antique Persian rug in muted tones for the living room.  Ah…someday.

Thanks so much for having me over, Tina!!!

Best wishes,
______________________

Is she good or is she good? Mary Ann……..I never tire of seeing your beautiful and welcoming  home. It is just so warm, elegant and beautifully put together and that guest room must have been done with me in mind so pencil me in for June 🙂 By the way….that taco night I mentioned, well here it is……..don’t know about you but in my casa, taco night does not look like this:)

And check out the bridal  shower she threw…..are you available for my birthday in December?

Love these tomato caprese appetizers that she made……

 Thanks to everyone for stopping in and to Mary Ann for opening up her gorgeous abode for us all to marvel over! Be sure to stop over and say hello to the lovely Mary Ann, click here.

If you want to check out  my guest post over at Amy Vermillion’s blog (and I do hope you will) click here.

Thanks for stopping in…have a wonderful Monday!

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Showhouse Sunday….and you’re invited!!

A reminder of the fabulous giveaway I am offering…… Swank Lightingwho has the most beautiful hand blown Murano lamps has generously donated this most gorgeous pair of Murano lamps!! The drawing will be  Friday, March 11th 
To be eligible, you have to be a follower or subscriber….that’s it! Be sure to visit their site, they truly have some exquisite and very unique lighting…how incredible are these!!!
Visit Swank lighting at www.swanklighting.com….their things are fabulous!

Hand blown glass lamps from Murano Italy, made exclusively for Swank Lighting.  These lamps are designed after a popular, classic Barovier & Toso lamp from the 1940’s.  They stand 24 inches tall to the top of the socket.  The glass is hand blown and loaded with 24kt gold flake with vertical ribs and controlled bubbles.  The hardware is top quality solid brass. They retail for $2700.00

Happy Sunday! Today we are trying to head to the Frick museum to see the Rembrandt exhibition on view. Today is my “cultural crash course day” and I am so looking forward to feeding my senses! Nothing like beautiful art to subtly remind you of how much you have yet to learn….so its always a humbling but visually stunning experience!  Sundays on my blog however, mean pure relaxation, no pressure whatsoever……stay in bed, pour yourself another cup of coffee, don’t be too quick to get up and change out of your pj’s, sit back and relax while taking in a beautiful house tour with me! Sundays are all about relaxing and doing exactly as you please. I do hope whatever you are doing is wonderful and tranquil……we all deserve one day! 


First we arrive to this fabulous and captivating stone and slate roofed manor home…though its brand new, its been decorated and built with old world touches that make it look and feel like its been around a  long time. The interiors are purposefully subdued and  understated …but certainly very elegant at the same time The lushness of the grounds enhances beautifully the desired effect and is so pleasing with the exterior of the house.

Moving along…to this spectacular French home designed by world renowned architect, Robert A.M. Stern, located right in the heart of the gorgeous idyllic East Hampton estate section. Fabulous sprawling spaces are carefully decorated with a formal yet cohesive palette throughout. A formal french garden has been created to give it an old world feel and it is hard to detect that this is in fact a new home….Magnificent grounds complete with tennis court, pavilion and pool make this the ultimate beach house to get away to! (Interiors by Jean Paul Baja)

 And last we go high in the sky to this fabulous apartment on Central Park west….fabulously cohesive and elegant palette is consistent throughout this majestic apartment with views out of this world, check out the dramatic windows in the master bedroom with the wall of bookcases, love it! The ceiling detail and fireplace in the master…so luxurious. (Interior design by Katie Leede and Company)

You know I always love to know if you have a favorite! If you just had to move into one…which would be your choice?  For me, its just too hard to choose as there are rooms within each home that I think are spectacular, but seeing the lush interiors,  green grass, and those spectacular NYC views was a treat indeed.
Have an enchanting day!
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Showhouse Sunday….and you’re invited!!

A reminder of the fabulous giveaway I am offering……?Swank Lighting,?who has the most beautiful hand blown Murano lamps?has generously donated this most gorgeous pair of Murano lamps!! The drawing will be ?Friday, March 11th?

To be eligible, you have to be a follower or subscriber….that’s it! Be sure to visit their site, they truly have some exquisite and very unique lighting…how incredible are these!!!

Visit Swank lighting at www.swanklighting.com….their things are fabulous!

Hand blown glass lamps from Murano Italy, made exclusively for Swank Lighting. ?These lamps are designed after a popular, classic Barovier & Toso lamp from the 1940’s. ?They stand 24 inches tall to the top of the socket. ?The glass is hand blown and loaded with 24kt gold flake with vertical ribs and controlled bubbles. ?The hardware is top quality solid brass. They retail for $2700.00

Happy Sunday! Today we are trying to head to the Frick museum to see the Rembrandt exhibition on view. Today is my “cultural crash course day” and I am so looking forward to feeding my senses! Nothing like beautiful art to subtly remind you of how much you have yet to learn….so its always a humbling but visually stunning experience! ?Sundays on my blog however, mean pure relaxation, no pressure whatsoever……stay in bed, pour yourself another cup of coffee, don’t be too quick to get up and change out of your pj’s, sit back and relax while taking in a beautiful house tour with me! Sundays are all about relaxing and doing exactly as you please. I do hope whatever you are doing is wonderful and tranquil……we all deserve one day!?





First we arrive to this fabulous and captivating stone and slate roofed manor home…though its brand new, its been decorated and built with old world touches that make it look and feel like its been around a ?long time. The interiors are purposefully subdued and ?understated …but certainly very elegant at the same time The lushness of the grounds enhances beautifully the desired effect and is so pleasing with the exterior of the house.



Moving along…to this spectacular French home designed by world renowned architect, Robert A.M. Stern, located right in the heart of the gorgeous idyllic East Hampton estate section. Fabulous sprawling spaces are carefully decorated with a formal yet cohesive palette throughout. A formal french garden has been created to give it an old world feel and it is hard to detect that this is in fact a new home….Magnificent grounds complete with tennis court, pavilion and pool make this the ultimate beach house to get away to! (Interiors by Jean Paul Baja)

?And last we go high in the sky to this fabulous apartment on Central Park west….fabulously cohesive and elegant palette is consistent throughout this majestic apartment with views out of this world, check out the dramatic windows in the master bedroom with the wall of bookcases, love it! The ceiling detail and fireplace in the master…so luxurious. (Interior design by Katie Leede and Company)

You know I always love to know if you have a favorite! If you just had to move into one…which would be your choice? ?For me, its just too hard to choose as there are rooms within each home that I think are spectacular, but seeing the lush interiors, ?green grass, and those spectacular NYC views was a treat indeed.
Have an enchanting day!
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Out with the old and in with the new…….houses that is!





So this morning I will go to the new home which still sits amongst mounds and mounds of snow…but thankfully our work crew is diligently working despite the frigid temps. Mostly inside work at this point, right now its too cold to finish the limestone work. I enclose mostly pictures of the breakfast room elevation mostly because its the only one that is totally done and you get to see the finished product. Our goal is that the house will look old and as though its been there a long time. 
We will achieve this through carefully thought out landscaping which will will compliment and not compete with the already beautiful and mature landscape. Also we will grow ivy over select parts of the home. So in showing you the new….thought it would be fun to show you pictures of the old. We had so many wonderful and cherished memories in the 7 years that we lived in our previous house, it will always be remembered fondly. Our other home was a classic Georgian and we furnished it accordingly whereas our new house is French all the way, though I plan to use a lot of french influences there will be a bit of English too as I am a huge fan of English interiors. So hope you enjoy going down memory lane with he, first the old house and then in with the new……..













Our old home, a classic Georgian on a lovely spring day,  while the cherry blossoms are starting to bloom




The basement which we finished and had my sons graduation dinner in!
My master bathroom vanity

Back foyer which led to a huge beautiful stone patio

Rear foyer sitting area

Our beautiful back yard

The patio looking out onto the pool…we spent many an afternoon perched here

The rear of the house

Teddy and his cousin cooling off….

The hearth and my favorite Delft tiles from Holland purchased at Country Floors

My beautiful pale yellow kitchen with teak topped island (carerra countertops)

Breakfast room

The foyer at Christmas

Master sitting room

My wonderful  bedroom done in the palest celadon and pale taupe (Fabrics are from Beacon Hill and Scalamandre)
And in with the new…………...
The side view which is the only elevation that is complete
The porte cochere still in progress…
 

Another angle with the sun setting

The garage area with the newly added cuppola

You can catch a glimpse of the covered porch on the opposite side of the house, it will be completed in limestone

Part of the grounds, lots of trees everywhere….
Breakfast room bay completed

The rear of the house…I love the backs of homes!

Side patio entrance to breakfast room

A beautiful old oak tree

Out with the old and in with the new…….houses that is!





So this morning I will go to the new home which still sits amongst mounds and mounds of snow…but thankfully our work crew is diligently working despite the frigid temps. Mostly inside work at this point, right now its too cold to finish the limestone work. I enclose mostly pictures of the breakfast room elevation mostly because its the only one that is totally done and you get to see the finished product. Our goal is that the house will look old and as though its been there a long time.?
We will achieve this through carefully thought out landscaping which will will compliment and not compete with the already beautiful and mature landscape. Also we will grow ivy over select parts of the home. So in showing you the new….thought it would be fun to show you pictures of the old. We had so many wonderful and cherished memories in the 7 years that we lived in our previous house, it will always be remembered fondly. Our other home was a classic Georgian and we furnished it accordingly whereas our new house is French all the way, though I plan to use a lot of french influences there will be a bit of English too as I am a huge fan of English interiors. So hope you enjoy going down memory lane with he, first the old house and then in with the new……..













Our old home, a classic Georgian on a lovely spring day, ?while the cherry blossoms are starting to bloom




The basement which we finished and had my sons graduation dinner in!
My master bathroom vanity

Back foyer which led to a huge beautiful stone patio

Rear foyer sitting area

Our beautiful back yard

The patio looking out onto the pool…we spent many an afternoon perched here

The rear of the house

Teddy and his cousin cooling off….

The hearth and my favorite Delft tiles from Holland purchased at Country Floors

My beautiful pale yellow kitchen with teak topped island (carerra countertops)

Breakfast room

The foyer at Christmas

Master sitting room

My wonderful ?bedroom done in the palest celadon and pale taupe (Fabrics are from Beacon Hill and Scalamandre)
And in with the new…………...
The side view which is the only elevation that is complete
The porte cochere still in progress…
.??

Another angle with the sun setting

The garage area with the newly added cuppola

You can catch a glimpse of the covered porch on the opposite side of the house, it will be completed in limestone

Part of the grounds, lots of trees everywhere….
Breakfast room bay completed

The rear of the house…I love the backs of homes!

Side patio entrance to breakfast room

A beautiful old oak tree