Which would you choose and 2 winners!

Good morning! Before we begin, I want to announce the two lucky winners of the French apron and monogrammed soaps! Thanks for helping me celebrate my two year anniversary,? I was so touched by all of your kind words. Congratulations goes to……??


For the french apron, the winner is….


Result:
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Happy New Year and Happy Anniversary! Your home is wonderful. I was so pleasantly surprised at Christmas by my two closest friends. They gave me the fabulous silver planter I have had my eye on for the longest time! I can’t wait to use it. So my next want from the store is one of the smaller silver planters. This is a bad (wonderfully bad) place for me! Thank you.
Patricia B
And the monogrammed soaps goes to….
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36?
OMG- You are an amazing decorator and your house looks gorgeous! Happiest of New Year’s!!!
linda,ny

Please contact me here so I can get your shipping information and these goodies can be on their way!


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So how is 2013 treating you so far? With the exception of my husband coming down with pneumonia, it was a wonderful holiday season. Funny,? New Years day unexpectedly ended up being one of the best days. First off, ? it was the first day in 8 days that hubs felt up to getting fully dressed and coming downstairs, then it was a continuation of our movie marathon, we watched Dances with Wolves, Meet Joe Black, Under the Tuscan Sun? and a few others, all the while I was cooking the entire day (but really loving it) I made beef stew, paninis, homemade basked mac, even small apple tarts..yes I was on a roll! My husband spent a lot of time exploring my blog and was thoroughly entertained and it was just a great family day, alongside a roaring fire, it was spent at home enjoying each others company….it was cold outside but really warm and cozy inside. So life is slowly getting back to normal after the holiday blizzard (not literal but the whirlwind). I have yet to take down any decorations…thinking I will give it another week, not quite ready to say goodbye to the magic of Christmas or the hard work I put into it:)

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Today’s Which Would You Choose is a fun one. Roll with me here……the designer fairies have paid you a visit. Hey, its a new year…time for a change, right? They have told you that you get to have one designer of your choosing redo your entire home soup to nuts. Only catch? You cannot have any say, you are at their talented mercy and must go on a little “vacay “for a week while they work their magic. Which of these talented tastemakers would you trust to redo your entire home? Many if not most you know, but I have also included two pictures of their work that I think? represents their style. This is a tough one, though I think I have it narrowed down to two. No wait, I mean three. OK, two. Here we go…..so which would you choose!?

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CHOICE 1? Mary McDonald




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CHOICE 2? David Easton




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CHOICE 3 Meg Braff

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CHOICE 4 Cathy Kincaid



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CHOICE 5?? Bunny Williams



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CHOICE 6? Sandra Nunnerly



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CHOICE 7?? Thomas Pheasant



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CHOICE 8?? Phoebe Howard

CHOICE 9 ? Thomas O Brien

CHOICE 10?? Ashely Whittaker

CHOICE 11? John Jacob

CHOICE? 12? Jan Showers

?CHOICE 13 ? Charles Faudree

CHOICE? 14 ? McAlphine, Booth and Ferrier

CHOICE? 15?? Barry Dixon


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OK, I take it back, I don’t? have it narrowed down to 2 after all. Sorry, too much talent? to choose but if forced, I guess I could narrow it down and let them work their magic. So now its your turn….who are you turning over your casa to?? I cannot wait to see the results..this should be fun and interesting! Thanks always for stopping in and wishing everyone a fabulous day.

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Which would you choose and 2 winners!

Good morning! Before we begin, I want to announce the two lucky winners of the French apron and monogrammed soaps! Thanks for helping me celebrate my two year anniversary,  I was so touched by all of your kind words. Congratulations goes to……  
For the french apron, the winner is….
Result:

Happy New Year and Happy Anniversary! Your home is wonderful. I was so pleasantly surprised at Christmas by my two closest friends. They gave me the fabulous silver planter I have had my eye on for the longest time! I can’t wait to use it. So my next want from the store is one of the smaller silver planters. This is a bad (wonderfully bad) place for me! Thank you.
Patricia B
And the monogrammed soaps goes to….
 Result:
36 
OMG- You are an amazing decorator and your house looks gorgeous! Happiest of New Year’s!!!
linda,ny

Please contact me here so I can get your shipping information and these goodies can be on their way!

 
 
So how is 2013 treating you so far? With the exception of my husband coming down with pneumonia, it was a wonderful holiday season. Funny,  New Years day unexpectedly ended up being one of the best days. First off,   it was the first day in 8 days that hubs felt up to getting fully dressed and coming downstairs, then it was a continuation of our movie marathon, we watched Dances with Wolves, Meet Joe Black, Under the Tuscan Sun  and a few others, all the while I was cooking the entire day (but really loving it) I made beef stew, paninis, homemade basked mac, even small apple tarts..yes I was on a roll! My husband spent a lot of time exploring my blog and was thoroughly entertained and it was just a great family day, alongside a roaring fire, it was spent at home enjoying each others company….it was cold outside but really warm and cozy inside. So life is slowly getting back to normal after the holiday blizzard (not literal but the whirlwind). I have yet to take down any decorations…thinking I will give it another week, not quite ready to say goodbye to the magic of Christmas or the hard work I put into it:)
 
Today’s Which Would You Choose is a fun one. Roll with me here……the designer fairies have paid you a visit. Hey, its a new year…time for a change, right? They have told you that you get to have one designer of your choosing redo your entire home soup to nuts. Only catch? You cannot have any say, you are at their talented mercy and must go on a little “vacay “for a week while they work their magic. Which of these talented tastemakers would you trust to redo your entire home? Many if not most you know, but I have also included two pictures of their work that I think  represents their style. This is a tough one, though I think I have it narrowed down to two. No wait, I mean three. OK, two. Here we go…..so which would you choose! 
 
 
 
CHOICE 1  Mary McDonald

 
CHOICE 2  David Easton

 
 
CHOICE 3 Meg Braff

 
 
 
CHOICE 4 Cathy Kincaid

 
 
CHOICE 5   Bunny Williams

 
 
CHOICE 6  Sandra Nunnerly

 
 
CHOICE 7   Thomas Pheasant

 
 
CHOICE 8   Phoebe Howard

CHOICE 9   Thomas O Brien

CHOICE 10   Ashely Whittaker

CHOICE 11  John Jacob

CHOICE  12  Jan Showers

 CHOICE 13   Charles Faudree

CHOICE  14   McAlphine, Booth and Ferrier

CHOICE  15   Barry Dixon

 
 
OK, I take it back, I don’t  have it narrowed down to 2 after all. Sorry, too much talent  to choose but if forced, I guess I could narrow it down and let them work their magic. So now its your turn….who are you turning over your casa to?  I cannot wait to see the results..this should be fun and interesting! Thanks always for stopping in and wishing everyone a fabulous day.
 
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Designer spotlight: John Jacob

Good morning……Based in Cape Town, John Jacob Zwiegelaar set up his design firm in 2005. His glamorous style, known for the ultimate in bespoke design and with incredible attention to detail has taken him all over the globe. I love the way he layers rooms with so many interesting elements, it is impossible to look at one of his rooms at a quick glance and take it all in. You need to look at all the many elements of his rooms to understand the finished product, and the end result is always ?beautifully executed.?



It appears he is most comfortable working with a neutral palette…lots of creams, grays, tone on tone, and earthy colors punctuate his rooms. His favorite style is contemporary classic though his works run the span from Belgian influenced design to neoclassical. One thing is for sure he has developed a winning combination in his approach to interior design. His interiors are just exquisite as you will see in this parade of works by John Jacob…..could you possibly choose a favorite?



?I would be hard pressed but a contender for sure would be the putty/gray colored dining room with the beautiful table setting…..I could see myself having a dinner party there quite easily, but then I love that black kitchen, and really could see having a cocktail party in the black and white living room and oh that neutral colored bedroom with?the canopy bed is so dreamy, and that luxurious sumptuous bath….oh well…too many to name just one.Take a look and let me know what you think!




So what do you think of his rooms??I think he has great style and a beautifully trained eye at creating elegant, non fussy interiors that are soothing and so inviting. One of the important hallmarks to me, of good design is that you actually want to linger in the room, not admire it frorm afar……. each and every one of these spaces just feels so liveable yet incredibly elegant. So do you have a favorite room? Have an enchanting day!

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Designer spotlight: John Jacob

Good morning……Based in Cape Town, John Jacob Zwiegelaar set up his design firm in 2005. His glamorous style, known for the ultimate in bespoke design and with incredible attention to detail has taken him all over the globe. I love the way he layers rooms with so many interesting elements, it is impossible to look at one of his rooms at a quick glance and take it all in. You need to look at all the many elements of his rooms to understand the finished product, and the end result is always  beautifully executed. 

It appears he is most comfortable working with a neutral palette…lots of creams, grays, tone on tone, and earthy colors punctuate his rooms. His favorite style is contemporary classic though his works run the span from Belgian influenced design to neoclassical. One thing is for sure he has developed a winning combination in his approach to interior design. His interiors are just exquisite as you will see in this parade of works by John Jacob…..could you possibly choose a favorite?

 I would be hard pressed but a contender for sure would be the putty/gray colored dining room with the beautiful table setting…..I could see myself having a dinner party there quite easily, but then I love that black kitchen, and really could see having a cocktail party in the black and white living room and oh that neutral colored bedroom with the canopy bed is so dreamy, and that luxurious sumptuous bath….oh well…too many to name just one.Take a look and let me know what you think!

So what do you think of his rooms? I think he has great style and a beautifully trained eye at creating elegant, non fussy interiors that are soothing and so inviting. One of the important hallmarks to me, of good design is that you actually want to linger in the room, not admire it frorm afar……. each and every one of these spaces just feels so liveable yet incredibly elegant. So do you have a favorite room? Have an enchanting day!

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