A few recent house updates…..

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

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

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

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

So come on in……..

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Sky and Cherry totes (med and large)

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

A few important things……

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

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

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

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

A few recent house updates…..

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

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

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

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

So come on in……..

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

?Sky and Cherry totes (med and large)

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

A few important things……

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

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

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

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

Want to see my new virtual dream beach house? Come on inside…..

This simply could not wait another hour……I interrupt my normal blog posts to bring you my dream beach house. Virtually I have been  looking for my “dream beach house” and I have at long last found it.  We are a match made in heaven if there ever was one. It has everything I want from being ocean front to having a pool and tennis court, a tennis pavillion…sure why not! Gorgeous interiors, even a touch of blue and white, ocean views for miles…it is absolutely a match made in heaven!!  First time in nearly 40 years this treasure is being offered up for sale…a Hamptons gem to be sure, and its located on swanky Gin Lane to boot!

I nearly fainted when I saw it, it is soooooo goregous. Granted this is hardly your typical “beach shack”, not a weathered gable for miles, no rustic driftwood, no siree…but this is a house that is just a “knock your socks off” kind of house. Oh the parties I could have! Ready to see my virtual new beach house (hey one can dream, best part it’s free)! Here we go, as you scroll, be sure to visualize the sound and image of crashing waves and seagulls flying about…….

What a compound! It has everything and then to be on the sparkling Atlantic…..perfection!

 Love this room….

 Beautiful dining room, love the chandy and sconces!
 I love the feeling of the kitchen and wouldn’t change a thing!

 Stunning bedroom suite….love the soft colors
 See the blue and white? Its calling me!

 This is such a cozy spot….I would hold my afternoon Scrabble and Monopoly game sessions in here….

 This is a view I could certainly get used to waking up to!
Champagne please………
 Another gorgeous elegant room…..

 I will have my coffee and croissants here ever morning, thank you.

 Lovely for afternoon cocktails…….

 This is totally meant to be….this room has my name all over it.
 There it is again…that blue and white beckoning!
 Wow…now that is what I call a tennis pavillion!
 Lovely……
 I just love the feeling of this bath…its old fashioned but so elegant

 Great playroom…..love the neutral tonal look

Well……..what do you think? Amazing or what!! It’s rare for me to see a house where I would virtually change nothing. OK if I am being picky I might swap out the striped cushions on the outdoor furniture for ivory solids and add my blue and white pillows 🙂 But that is it! Now if you just happen to be in the  market for a $45 million dollar beach house in tony Southampton, click here to notify the broker immediately that you want the contracts mailed  pronto but please I ask one favor, instead of paying me my finders fee….just let me have an unlimted “free pass” as a guest to visit anytime I please. Deal?  Hope you enjoyed…..

Back to reality, don’t forget to visit my Mad for monograms post and be sure to leave a comment so you are eligible for the giveaway! Today is the last day, I will announce a winner of the lovely autographed Monogram issues by Victoria. Its a keeper! Wishing you a wonderful Sunday and relaxing end to your week. Click here to visit that post.

Want to see my new virtual dream beach house? Come on inside…..

This simply could not wait another hour……I interrupt my normal blog posts to bring you my dream beach house. Virtually I have been? looking for my “dream beach house” and I have at long last found it.? We are a match made in heaven if there ever was one. It has everything I want from being ocean front to having a pool and tennis court, a tennis pavillion…sure why not! Gorgeous interiors, even a touch of blue and white, ocean views for miles…it is absolutely a match made in heaven!!? First time in nearly 40 years this treasure is being offered up for sale…a Hamptons gem to be sure, and its located on swanky Gin Lane to boot!

I nearly fainted when I saw it, it is soooooo goregous. Granted this is hardly your typical “beach shack”, not a weathered gable for miles, no rustic driftwood, no siree…but this is a house that is just a “knock your socks off” kind of house. Oh the parties I could have! Ready to see my virtual new beach house (hey one can dream, best part it’s free)! Here we go, as you scroll, be sure to visualize the sound and image of crashing waves and seagulls flying about…….

What a compound! It has everything and then to be on the sparkling Atlantic…..perfection!

?Love this room….

?Beautiful dining room, love the chandy and sconces!
?I love the feeling of the kitchen and wouldn’t change a thing!

?Stunning bedroom suite….love the soft colors
?See the blue and white? Its calling me!

?This is such a cozy spot….I would hold my afternoon Scrabble and Monopoly game sessions in here….

?This is a view I could certainly get used to waking up to!
Champagne please………
?Another gorgeous elegant room…..

?I will have my coffee and croissants here ever morning, thank you.

?Lovely for afternoon cocktails…….

?This is totally meant to be….this room has my name all over it.
?There it is again…that blue and white beckoning!
?Wow…now that is what I call a tennis pavillion!
?Lovely……
?I just love the feeling of this bath…its old fashioned but so elegant

?Great playroom…..love the neutral tonal look

Well……..what do you think? Amazing or what!! It’s rare for me to see a house where I would virtually change nothing. OK if I am being picky I might swap out the striped cushions on the outdoor furniture for ivory solids and add my blue and white pillows 🙂 But that is it! Now if you just happen to be in the? market for a $45 million dollar beach house in tony Southampton, click here to notify the broker immediately that you want the contracts mailed? pronto but please I ask one favor, instead of paying me my finders fee….just let me have an unlimted “free pass” as a guest to visit anytime I please. Deal?? Hope you enjoyed…..

Back to reality, don’t forget to visit my Mad for monograms post and be sure to leave a comment so you are eligible for the giveaway! Today is the last day, I will announce a winner of the lovely autographed Monogram issues by Victoria. Its a keeper! Wishing you a wonderful Sunday and relaxing end to your week. Click here to visit that post.

Bloggers beautiful abodes….Yvonne of StoneGable!

Good morning. Hope everyone had a wonderful Easter. Ours was so relaxing, and the day of rest we all needed. Before I begin with this fabulous home, I want to announce the winner of the Madhouse setting for eight! Congrats goes to…..

charmed by the twig cutlery!

what a lovely collection of blossoms, tina. you are blooming lovely over as usual. and we love it!

smiles.

michele

(Please contact me Michele so I can get your shipping info)
  

Moving along…….I am so excited to be here today with another fabulous blogger and her stunning home for my “Beautiful bloggers abodes” series. I am having so much fun getting a peek into these exquisite homes and learning from those in the know. Say hello to the ridiculously talented……….

Yvonne, to me is the absolute QUEEN not princess of tablescapes. I have never seen anyone with the talents that she has in creating the most scrumptious presentations….seriously droolworthy. And lets not even get started on her recipes. Get your pen and paper ready….this has more inspiration and knowledge than many books! When she has a new post, I know its a “do not miss”. I am always telling her she must put out a book, I would be the first in line. Her talents extend to her entertaining,her decorating and of course creating a beautiful home. She drives home one heck of a beautiful argument for refined country living. I think the pictures will do all the talking and by all means if you do not follow Stone Gable…you are missing out! Click here to visit her. The inspiration is just over the top. Enough of me, lets hear from talented Yvonne……

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1.How long have you been in your present home? Is this it for the long haul? Anything you would change if you could?
I had the idea of StoneGable in my mind 5 years before we ever started to built it. It is nothing too grand or elaborate… but it is comfortable and roomy and perfect for transforming itself from a home to a hotel at a moments notice! People gravitate to StoneGable… and it is at it’s best bursting at the seams and full of loudness and laughter and antics! This is a home that wraps it’s arms around your heart!

StoneGable, circa 2009… lots of changes since then!

front porch sitting


back door

 StoneGable is a farmhouse inspired home with a big wrap around porch which compliments the beautiful bucolic farmland of Lancaster Pa. We have no close neighbors and are surrounded on all sides by farms and lots of rolling farmland. It is peaceful and private and is my favorite place to be.
looking out the back door
corn surrounding StoneGable in the summer
summer sunset looking across the field

 I think of living here as rural life at it’s best! Lancaster County is a strange-bird-of-a place. It is really a through back in many ways to a softer, simpler, less rushed way of life. There is just something wonderful about living here! I am not a native Lancasterian, but have lived in this area for over 30 years.

Family croquet game on the side lawn

 We live eight miles south of the county seat which is steeped in culture and history. Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington DC are all within a couple of hours from us.

Lancaster Central Market, the countries oldest farm market
StoneGable is our third family home and I would have a hard time leaving it… but eventually it will be too big for us and then StoneGable will need another family to fill it. I hope that is a long long time from now!
I have lists of things to change about StoneGable! Don’t we all? We are literally taking one room at a time and remodeling and freshening them up. We have lived hard and large at StoneGable for 18 years!
Right now we are working on the living room, dining room, foyer and front stairs at StoneGable. We do almost all of the work ourselves… so it is a very slow process… and very satisfying!
A weekend project… laying new floors in the dining room
Bobby starting to paint the dinning room trim
Aren’t I a brave one for holding a bridal shower when the dining room was not yet done?
If I could change 3 things right now I would add more light to our family room by knocking out a wall and adding a few french doors…I would build a bigger patio and put in an outdoor fireplace… and I would remodel our master bathroom now, and not next year!
2. If you could live in two rooms in your house what would they be?
My favorite place at StoneGable is my kitchen… no surprise to most. Our kitchen was built in our garage out of boards. Our builder’s father was an old fashioned cabinet maker and he fashioned our kitchen to reflect a farmhouse style… and then kicked it up a notch!

Cabinets made in my garage
Again, it is roomy and not too fancy, but has lots of charm.  Two years ago it went through a face lift… we were very careful not to ruin the integrity of the cabinetry or it’s overall look.
My other favorite place is the swing on our back porch. I have never photographed it before! Maybe because it is a little part of my life I keep to myself! You can find me out there on many mornings with coffee and a bible in hand… or swinging in the dark marveling at the fireflies!
3. How do you describe your decorating style?
Oh my goodness!!! Is classic, farmhouse, casually elegant a style? If left to my natural inclinations I would be pretty formal. I love beauty and the stateliness of formality… but I also love comfort. Being able to flop down and not worry that I will ruin something! So there is a tension there, for sure!
The J&J guest room
Aprons on hooks
Gable Room, lots of antiques in here
 It just might be design hierarchy to admit that I am not all that enthralled with the current popularity of french decor. I guess it just does not suite where I live and I am a little too saturated with it.
4. Do you have a favorite color scheme? 
Always… but it changes and evolves like my tastes. Right now I am in love with neutrals and the play of texture. But my all time favorite is blue and white…just like you Tina!
Fabrics and colors for the living room and dining room
new living room sofa with neutral pillows
My love for blue and white is reflected in many tables I set

5. Favorite room in my house?
Kitchen, it really is the heart of my home! And reflect our lifestyle the best.

6. Best two tips you can give anyone looking to decorating their home? Best two things not to do?
This question is tailor-made for me!!! As I said earlier, Bobby and I do almost everything ourselves.
I think the first tip when looking to redecorate is to have an overall vision. Spend time dreaming and looking through magazines and blogs and books. Have pictures of what you love… make lists of what needs to be done. DON’T  go into any project without spending a lot of time planning it out. I guess that is the first don’t!
The second thing to do is to take your time and do it right! I am repainting and reupholstering eight eighteenth century mahogany chairs. What a job! But in the end it will  be so worth it!
Here is the before… You can see we are also painting the living room in the background!
It was a saga getting the old fabric off!
And here is a peak at the new finish on the chairs. Come back later this week for the reveal of two chairs completed!
Another what not to do tips is… don’t be overly influenced by trends. So many trends are here today and gone in a year or two, so don’t sink a lot of money… time … or labor into things that you will get tired of. That is why I am so drawn to classic styles. I can add less expensive trendy accents and replace them when they look tired or out of style.
7. What do you think are the most important features for a kitchen?
Well… some I don’t have! When we remodeled our kitchen I desperately wanted a double oven and warming tray because I LOVE to cook! But, we could not fit it in without disturbing the integrity of the existing cabinetry. So I chose the cabinets that are such a treasure in StoneGable’s kitchen over the convenience of a double oven. I’m surviving just fine!
no double oven… only a cook top and one oven

One of the first things I baked in my new oven

I also am a huge fan of gas cooktops. I have never cared for electric.
Another must for me is a big pantry… and lots of room for dishes!
Pantry!
Lots of room for dishes!
But I think the most important thing to me is lots of counter space and lots of room for people to join me in the kitchen. Really, every gathering in my home begins and ends in my kitchen!

a favorite place to sit in the kitchen!
8. How do you like to dress up a cocktail table or console in the living room.
I’ll let you know… we gave away or sold ALL the furniture in the formal living room and right now only our new sofa is in it… actually tomorrow the chairs and the end tables are coming.
I have two gorgeous tall oriental brass lamps that my father brought back from Japan in the early 60’s( when I was just a wee girl)… and my mother has given them to me, so they will be a special part of my table decor.
I’m still working the rest of the details out… I’ll keep you posted!
here’s an old buffet I just painted for the dining room that is still a work in progress. It is ready for Spring!
here’s my family room coffee table decked out for summer

9. Any advice on the subject of lighting?
YES! NO overhead lighting!!!! Most people use far too little lighting in their homes… or the lighting is all on the same level. Lots of light and lots of levels. If you MUST have overhead lighting make sure it is on a dimmer and keep it LOW!
And I crave natural lighting! I would love to have more windows… and far less window treatments.

10. Have a favorite paint color, do tell?
We have just painted our living room and dining room Sonnet by Benjamin Moore. It is a very soft, light reflective white with taupe undertones. We have lots of white wainscoting and trim in those rooms and it looks marvelous with Benjamin Moore Atrium White.
looking at different colors 
I have the hardest time with picking out wall color… but I got Sonnet right!
Sonnet on the walls
11. What are a couple of really inexpensive things you can do in your home to make it feel “homey” and inviting?
Pillows!  Pillows are like the love language of the house! They say, “let’s cuddle”!
 Pillows don’t have to be expensive. I get down inserts and make my own. I just change out the covers and keep using the inserts!
I just made these pillows this spring
fall pillows in the family room
gable room pillows
I think there is nothing more homey than a great smelling house!!! I love food scented candles and homemade simmering potpourri. Our very first home sold after being on the market for a very short time because the buyer loved it’s smell! I would simmer cinnamon sticks and cloves before each showing! How easy is that?

And it’s important to have a welcoming front door… clean, painted… a nice wreath. Your front door sets the mood for your home!

12. Fill in the blank… if money were no object the very first thing I would buy for my home is…
I am going to answer this question a little differently than it was asked.
I have a list in my head of home projects and things I would love to have that will take the next 10 years to complete. My home is really never done… and that’s as it should be!
 I think it is an important thing to cultivate contentment and gratitude for what I have. I try not to overlook all the work we have already put into StoneGable and the joy it brings us on a daily basis. There are so many homes that are more beautiful and better made and have more… but StoneGable is OUR haven… our gift from God. I feel very very blessed!

My front door is always open to friends old… and new!
Tina, thank you so much for asking me to share with you and your wonderful readers today! I am by no means a decorator or have your eye and talent for design… so this is a very big thrill for me to come by and visit at the ……….
THE ENCHANTED HOME!!!

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Bravo Yvonne! I am so impressed with how beautiful yet warm and cozy of a home you have created for you and your family.  Those family pictures are incredible! And the country has always beckoned  to me and your home could be a single reason for someone to take the plunge….so idyllic!
You can almost smell the wonderful scent of homecooked goodness and feel the love and warmth! I love all your touches, your excellent advice from someone who knows and so agree about the power of pillows, gas ranges, taking your time with decor and making sure a home smells good.

Thank you so much for opening up your wonderful home to me and all my readers and to everyone for stopping in. Now….Yvonne is not getting off the hook so easily, she was way too modest about her insane talent in tablescapes and entertaining so I am going to just have to boast a little for her! Take a look at what this dynamo has done……..

And I remember when I found her….it was with this post of this most beautiful tea party for two!

OK, now do you see what all the fuss is about? And why I just had to do a little bragging on her behalf? Yes, she really is that good. I bet Marthas shaking in her boots:) Yvonne, you continue to inspire and amaze….all at the same time! I could go on and on but you will have to visit Yvonne to check out more of her wonders over at her blog. Click here to visit her and sign up and be a part of her beautiful world. Thanks again everyone! Wishing everyone a wonderful Monday and a good start to your week.

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Bloggers beautiful abodes….Yvonne of StoneGable!

Good morning. Hope everyone had a wonderful Easter. Ours was so relaxing, and the day of rest we all needed. Before I begin with this fabulous home, I want to announce the winner of the Madhouse setting for eight! Congrats goes to…..

charmed by the twig cutlery!

what a lovely collection of blossoms, tina. you are blooming lovely over as usual. and we love it!

smiles.

michele

(Please contact me Michele so I can get your shipping info)
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Moving along…….I am so excited to be here today with another fabulous blogger and her stunning home for my “Beautiful bloggers abodes” series. I am having so much fun getting a peek into these exquisite homes and learning from those in the know. Say hello to the ridiculously talented……….

Yvonne, to me is the absolute QUEEN not princess of tablescapes. I have never seen anyone with the talents that she has in creating the most scrumptious presentations….seriously droolworthy. And lets not even get started on her recipes. Get your pen and paper ready….this has more inspiration and knowledge than many books! When she has a new post, I know its a “do not miss”. I am always telling her she must put out a book, I would be the first in line. Her talents extend to her entertaining,her decorating and of course creating a beautiful home. She drives home one heck of a beautiful argument for refined country living. I think the pictures will do all the talking and by all means if you do not follow Stone Gable…you are missing out! Click here to visit her. The inspiration is just over the top. Enough of me, lets hear from talented Yvonne……

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1.How long have you been in your present home? Is this it for the long haul? Anything you would change if you could?
I had the idea of StoneGable in my mind 5 years before we ever started to built it. It is nothing too grand or elaborate… but it is comfortable and roomy and perfect for transforming itself from a home to a hotel at a moments notice! People gravitate to StoneGable… and it is at it’s best bursting at the seams and full of loudness and laughter and antics! This is a home that wraps it’s arms around your heart!

StoneGable, circa 2009… lots of changes since then!

front porch sitting


back door

?StoneGable is a farmhouse inspired home with a big wrap around porch which compliments the beautiful bucolic farmland of Lancaster Pa. We have no close neighbors and are surrounded on all sides by farms and lots of rolling farmland. It is peaceful and private and is my favorite place to be.
looking out the back door
corn surrounding StoneGable in the summer
summer sunset looking across the field

?I think of living here as rural life at it’s best! Lancaster County is a strange-bird-of-a place. It is really a through back in many ways to a softer, simpler, less rushed way of life. There is just something wonderful about living here! I am not a native Lancasterian, but have lived in this area for over 30 years.

Family croquet game on the side lawn

?We live eight miles south of the county seat which is steeped in culture and history. Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington DC are all within a couple of hours from us.

Lancaster Central Market, the countries oldest farm market
StoneGable is our third family home and I would have a hard time leaving it… but eventually it will be too big for us and then StoneGable will need another family to fill it. I hope that is a long long time from now!
I have lists of things to change about StoneGable! Don’t we all? We are literally taking one room at a time and remodeling and freshening them up. We have lived hard and large at StoneGable for 18 years!
Right now we are working on the living room, dining room, foyer and front stairs at StoneGable. We do almost all of the work ourselves… so it is a very slow process… and very satisfying!
A weekend project… laying new floors in the dining room
Bobby starting to paint the dinning room trim
Aren’t I a brave one for holding a bridal shower when the dining room was not yet done?
If I could change 3 things right now I would add more light to our family room by knocking out a wall and adding a few french doors…I would build a bigger patio and put in an outdoor fireplace… and I would remodel our master bathroom now, and not next year!
2. If you could live in two rooms in your house what would they be?
My favorite place at StoneGable is my kitchen… no surprise to most. Our kitchen was built in our garage out of boards. Our builder’s father was an old fashioned cabinet maker and he fashioned our kitchen to reflect a farmhouse style… and then kicked it up a notch!

Cabinets made in my garage
Again, it is roomy and not too fancy, but has lots of charm. ?Two years ago it went through a face lift… we were very careful not to ruin the integrity of the cabinetry or it’s overall look.
My other favorite place is the swing on our back porch. I have never photographed it before! Maybe because it is a little part of my life I keep to myself! You can find me out there on many mornings with coffee and a bible in hand… or swinging in the dark marveling at the fireflies!
3. How do you describe your decorating style?
Oh my goodness!!! Is classic, farmhouse, casually elegant a style? If left to my natural inclinations I would be pretty formal. I love beauty and the stateliness of formality… but I also love comfort. Being able to flop down and not worry that I will ruin something! So there is a tension there, for sure!
The J&J guest room
Aprons on hooks
Gable Room, lots of antiques in here
?It just might be design hierarchy to admit that I am not all that enthralled with the current popularity of french decor. I guess it just does not suite where I live and I am a little too saturated with it.
4. Do you have a favorite color scheme??
Always… but it changes and evolves like my tastes. Right now I am in love with neutrals and the play of texture. But my all time favorite is blue and white…just like you Tina!
Fabrics and colors for the living room and dining room
new living room sofa with neutral pillows
My love for blue and white is reflected in many tables I set

5. Favorite room in my house?
Kitchen, it really is the heart of my home! And reflect our lifestyle the best.

6. Best two tips you can give anyone looking to decorating their home? Best two things not to do?
This question is tailor-made for me!!! As I said earlier, Bobby and I do almost everything ourselves.
I think the first tip when looking to redecorate is to have an overall vision. Spend time dreaming and looking through magazines and blogs and books. Have pictures of what you love… make lists of what needs to be done. DON’T ?go into any project without spending a lot of time planning it out. I guess that is the first don’t!
The second thing to do is to take your time and do it right! I am repainting and reupholstering eight eighteenth century mahogany chairs. What a job! But in the end it will ?be so worth it!
Here is the before… You can see we are also painting the living room in the background!
It was a saga getting the old fabric off!
And here is a peak at the new finish on the chairs. Come back later this week for the reveal of two chairs completed!
Another what not to do tips is… don’t be overly influenced by trends. So many trends are here today and gone in a year or two, so don’t sink a lot of money… time … or labor into things that you will get tired of. That is why I am so drawn to classic styles. I can add less expensive trendy accents and replace them when they look tired or out of style.
7. What do you think are the most important features for a kitchen?
Well… some I don’t have! When we remodeled our kitchen I desperately wanted a double oven and warming tray because I LOVE to cook! But, we could not fit it in without disturbing the integrity of the existing cabinetry. So I chose the cabinets that are such a treasure in StoneGable’s kitchen over the convenience of a double oven. I’m surviving just fine!
no double oven… only a cook top and one oven

One of the first things I baked in my new oven

I also am a huge fan of gas cooktops. I have never cared for electric.
Another must for me is a big pantry… and lots of room for dishes!
Pantry!
Lots of room for dishes!
But I think the most important thing to me is lots of counter space and lots of room for people to join me in the kitchen. Really, every gathering in my home begins and ends in my kitchen!

a favorite place to sit in the kitchen!
8. How do you like to dress up a cocktail table or console in the living room.
I’ll let you know… we gave away or sold ALL the furniture in the formal living room and right now only our new sofa is in it… actually tomorrow the chairs and the end tables are coming.
I have two gorgeous tall oriental brass lamps that my father brought back from Japan in the early 60’s( when I was just a wee girl)… and my mother has given them to me, so they will be a special part of my table decor.
I’m still working the rest of the details out… I’ll keep you posted!
here’s an old buffet I just painted for the dining room that is still a work in progress. It is ready for Spring!
here’s my family room coffee table decked out for summer

9. Any advice on the subject of lighting?
YES! NO overhead lighting!!!! Most people use far too little lighting in their homes… or the lighting is all on the same level. Lots of light and lots of levels. If you MUST have overhead lighting make sure it is on a dimmer and keep it LOW!
And I crave natural lighting! I would love to have more windows… and far less window treatments.


10. Have a favorite paint color, do tell?
We have just painted our living room and dining room Sonnet by Benjamin Moore. It is a very soft, light reflective white with taupe undertones. We have lots of white wainscoting and trim in those rooms and it looks marvelous with Benjamin Moore Atrium White.
looking at different colors?
I have the hardest time with picking out wall color… but I got Sonnet right!
Sonnet on the walls
11. What are a couple of really inexpensive things you can do in your home to make it feel “homey” and inviting?
Pillows! ?Pillows are like the love language of the house! They say, “let’s cuddle”!
?Pillows don’t have to be expensive. I get down inserts and make my own. I just change out the covers and keep using the inserts!
I just made these pillows this spring
fall pillows in the family room
gable room pillows
I think there is nothing more homey than a great smelling house!!! I love food scented candles and homemade simmering potpourri. Our very first home sold after being on the market for a very short time because the buyer loved it’s smell! I would simmer cinnamon sticks and cloves before each showing! How easy is that?

And it’s important to have a welcoming front door… clean, painted… a nice wreath. Your front door sets the mood for your home!

12. Fill in the blank… if money were no object the very first thing I would buy for my home is…
I am going to answer this question a little differently than it was asked.
I have a list in my head of home projects and things I would love to have that will take the next 10 years to complete. My home is really never done… and that’s as it should be!
?I think it is an important thing to cultivate contentment and gratitude for what I have. I try not to overlook all the work we have already put into StoneGable and the joy it brings us on a daily basis. There are so many homes that are more beautiful and better made and have more… but StoneGable is OUR haven… our gift from God. I feel very very blessed!

My front door is always open to friends old… and new!
Tina, thank you so much for asking me to share with you and your wonderful readers today! I am by no means a decorator or have your eye and talent for design… so this is a very big thrill for me to come by and visit at the ……….
THE ENCHANTED HOME!!!

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Bravo Yvonne! I am so impressed with how beautiful yet warm and cozy of a home you have created for you and your family.? Those family pictures are incredible! And the country has always beckoned? to me and your home could be a single reason for someone to take the plunge….so idyllic!
You can almost smell the wonderful scent of homecooked goodness and feel the love and warmth! I love all your touches, your excellent advice from someone who knows and so agree about the power of pillows, gas ranges, taking your time with decor and making sure a home smells good.

Thank you so much for opening up your wonderful home to me and all my readers and to everyone for stopping in. Now….Yvonne is not getting off the hook so easily, she was way too modest about her insane talent in tablescapes and entertaining so I am going to just have to boast a little for her! Take a look at what this dynamo has done……..

And I remember when I found her….it was with this post of this most beautiful tea party for two!

OK, now do you see what all the fuss is about? And why I just had to do a little bragging on her behalf? Yes, she really is that good. I bet Marthas shaking in her boots:) Yvonne, you continue to inspire and amaze….all at the same time! I could go on and on but you will have to visit Yvonne to check out more of her wonders over at her blog. Click here to visit her and sign up and be a part of her beautiful world. Thanks again everyone! Wishing everyone a wonderful Monday and a good start to your week.

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Bloggers beautiful abodes…..Alison of The Polohouse!

Hi there. I am so excited to present to you a fellow blogger who has kindly agreed to open up her absolutely stunning home and share her wealth of knowledge with all of us today. I am really loving this new series and learning, seeing and being inspired by all this talent and getting a peek inside all these gorgeous homes! So please say hello to ……..


Alison lives in Illinois, and is a very talented and  accomplished interior designer. Her home is nothing less than an equestrian inspired masterpiece. I marvel at her amazing  ability to create the most beautiful vignettes and her taste level is just sublime.   I don’t say it unless I mean it…….and I absolutely mean it! She has a very classic approach to design which makes her home and those of her clients timeless and elegant. I am a big fan and always get excited when I see she has a new post to share! So if you aren’t already familiar with The Polohouse, do absolutely stop over to say hello and become a follower. I promise you, you will be happy you did! On top of her gorgeous blog, I just discovered her Pinterest boards and let me say they are nothing short of breathtaking. Could be a new obsession….oh no! Enough of my talking…lets hear from Alison!
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Hi Tina!

Thanks so much for allowing me 
to share my house with you 
and your enchanted followers today.
 You gave me a lot of great questions to think about.
It’s been so much fun coming up with answers for you.
So here we go!



How long have you been in your present home?  

In June it will be eleven years since we moved into this house. 
I do not know where the time has gone. Two kids, two dogs, 
two cats — too busy! We’ve made so many wonderful memories here. 
It’s a great old casual family-friendly home.



Anything you would care to change if you could?

Yes! There is one really big thing I would love to change.
I would like to spin the house around! Let me explain.

The building once stood on a very rural 20 acre piece of property. 
There was never a farm house,  just the barn/stables building, 
polo field, and pastures.

In the late 1970’s, the property was subdivided and this building 
was converted into a single family home. A neighborhood was 
built around the structure and our house ended up facing backwards 
on the street. I really wish I could change that!







If you could only live in two rooms of your house, 

which two would they be? 


Probably the kitchen and the tack room, Tina!
The kitchen is where everyone ends up when we entertain
 —  like any home. The tack room is small and cozy and
I love to sit in here with my morning cup of coffee, 
or when I am chatting on the phone!


The tack room



How would you describe your decorating style?


Traditional English country for this home, though I love so many different styles. I have a decorating business and an antique business that I share with a girlfriend so I am always out shopping and buying things. I try to collect what I love and hope it all works when it comes together in a room. 





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


I love earth tones. 
Browns, creamy tan shades, greens, and warm reds 
with a touch of dark blue here and there.  

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


Hmmm… that’s a good question! 

1.)  I always try to help clients define a color palette when they begin decorating their home. Once they decide what colors they love, it is important to carry those same colors throughout the main/public spaces in their home. The rooms should flow from one to the next using different versions of those same selected colors. 

2.)  Never be afraid to ask a professional for help. If you are not exactly sure what you are doing, hire a designer or decorator to assist you, even if it is for a few hours here or there.  Believe it or not, it will save you money in the long run. Furnishing a home is a costly endeavor and you don’t want to make expensive mistakes. 





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

Gather up something fresh, something to read, 
and something collected!

Start with a fresh flowers, potted greens or an orchid,  then add a stack of your favorite coffee table books, and finish it off with something you have collected (old or new)  —  a great accessory piece.












Have a favorite paint color? Do tell!

I love the Benjamin Moore shade called Philadelphia Cream. It’s a warm buttery tan neutral. Not too much khaki and 
not too pale, just perfect.

  Philadelphia Cream HC- 30



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

Buy antiques and or vintage pieces!

There is such a trend to buy new items (specifically accessories)  from catalogs. Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with this, but do so sparingly. If you get too many new pieces, your home might end up looking like  —
a catalog. 

I think it’s much more interesting to collect older one-of-a-kind pieces to add to your rooms. If you become a savvy shopper, you can find great deals out there and even better — you probably won’t walk into a friend’s home and see the exact same pieces. 

Find pieces that reflect your personality and your interests. That’s the best way to make a house not only a home — but truly yours. 🙂



Thanks again for inviting me over
to share a little bit of my home today, Tina.
It’s been an extreme pleasure!


~ Alison


 

ThePolohouse.blogspot.com

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I didn’t exaggerate one iota did I ? Isn’t it just magically wonderful!! I love seeing her home and all of the touches she is constantly adding….truly beautiful! I have no doubt that for those of you who don’t yet know Alison, that you  will want to head over and I strongly advise it….her blog is a wonderful treat. Click here to visit her.

Thanks as always for stopping in to see what’s happening over here and many thanks Alison for sharing your gorgeous home and your superb expertise with us! Wishing everyone a fabulous day!

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Bloggers beautiful abodes…..Alison of The Polohouse!

Hi there. I am so excited to present to you a fellow blogger who has kindly agreed to open up her absolutely stunning home and share her wealth of knowledge with all of us today. I am really loving this new series and learning, seeing and being inspired by all this talent and getting a peek inside all these gorgeous homes! So please say hello to ……..


Alison lives in Illinois, and is a very talented and? accomplished interior designer. Her home is nothing less than an equestrian inspired masterpiece. I marvel at her amazing? ability to create the most beautiful vignettes and her taste level is just sublime. ? I don’t say it unless I mean it…….and I absolutely mean it! She has a very classic approach to design which makes her home and those of her clients timeless and elegant. I am a big fan and always get excited when I see she has a new post to share! So if you aren’t already familiar with The Polohouse, do absolutely stop over to say hello and become a follower. I promise you, you will be happy you did! On top of her gorgeous blog, I just discovered her Pinterest boards and let me say they are nothing short of breathtaking. Could be a new obsession….oh no! Enough of my talking…lets hear from Alison!
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Hi Tina!

Thanks so much for allowing me?
to share my house with you?
and your enchanted followers today.
?You gave me a lot of great questions to think about.
It’s been so much fun coming up with answers for you.
So here we go!



How long have you been in your present home? ?

In June it will be eleven years since we moved into this house.?
I do not know where the time has gone. Two kids, two dogs,?
two cats — too busy! We’ve made so many wonderful memories here.?
It’s a great old casual family-friendly home.



Anything you would care to change if you could?

Yes! There is one really big thing I would love to change.
I would like to spin the house around! Let me explain.

The building once stood on a very rural 20 acre piece of property.?
There was never a farm house, ?just the barn/stables building,?
polo field, and pastures.

In the late 1970’s, the property was subdivided and this building?
was converted into a single family home. A neighborhood was?
built around the structure and our house ended up facing backwards?
on the street.?I really wish I could change that!







If you could only live in two rooms of your house,?

which two would?they be??


Probably the kitchen and the tack room, Tina!
The kitchen is where everyone ends up when we entertain
?– ?like any home. The tack room is small and cozy and
I love to sit in here with my morning cup of coffee,?
or when I am chatting on the phone!


The tack room



How would you describe your decorating style?


Traditional English country for this home, though I love so many different styles.?I have a decorating business and an antique business that I share with a girlfriend?so I am always out shopping and buying things. I try to?collect what I love and hope it all works when it comes together in a room.?





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


I love earth tones.?
Browns, creamy tan shades,?greens, and?warm reds?
with a touch of dark blue here and there. ?

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


Hmmm… that’s a good question!?

1.) ?I always try to help clients define a color palette when they begin decorating their home. Once they decide what colors they love, it is important to carry those same colors throughout the main/public spaces in their home. The rooms should flow from one to the next using different versions of those same selected colors.?

2.) ?Never be afraid to ask a professional for help. If you are not exactly sure what you are doing, hire a designer or decorator to assist you, even if it is for a few hours here or there. ?Believe it or not, it will save you money in the long run. Furnishing a home is a costly endeavor and you don’t want to make expensive mistakes.?





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

Gather up something fresh, something to read,?
and something collected!

Start with a fresh flowers, potted greens or an orchid, ?then add a stack of your favorite coffee table books, and finish it off with something you have collected (old or new) ?– ?a great accessory piece.












Have a favorite paint color? Do tell!

I love the Benjamin Moore shade called Philadelphia Cream.?It’s a warm buttery tan neutral.?Not too much khaki and?
not too pale, just perfect.

? Philadelphia Cream HC- 30



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

Buy antiques and or vintage pieces!

There is such a trend to buy new items (specifically accessories) ?from catalogs. Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with this, but do so sparingly. If you get too many new pieces,?your home might end up looking like ?–
a catalog.?

I think it’s much more interesting to collect older one-of-a-kind pieces to add to your rooms. If you become a savvy shopper, you can find great deals out there and even better — you probably won’t walk into a friend’s home and see the exact same pieces.?

Find pieces that reflect your personality and your interests. That’s the best way to make a house not only a home — but truly yours. 🙂



Thanks again for inviting me over
to share a little bit of?my home today, Tina.
It’s been an extreme pleasure!


~ Alison


?

ThePolohouse.blogspot.com

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I didn’t exaggerate one iota did I ? Isn’t it just magically wonderful!! I love seeing her home and all of the touches she is constantly adding….truly beautiful! I have no doubt that for those of you who don’t yet know Alison, that you? will want to head over and I strongly advise it….her blog is a wonderful treat. Click here to visit her.

Thanks as always for stopping in to see what’s happening over here and many thanks Alison for sharing your gorgeous home and your superb expertise with us! Wishing everyone a fabulous day!

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A prayer for Newtown and my birthday recap…..


I start this post by saying my heart is heavy over the unspeakable tragedy in Newtown, and asking everyone to keep those affected in their prayers.?? Absolutely devastating and frankly hard to wrap my head around. For those families left behind dealing with the most unimaginable grief, I hope God will protect, bless and guide them during this dark time and in the difficult days ahead. My heart breaks for each of them. All we can do is keep them in our prayers, which I will continue to do.?

LAST DAY TO SUBMIT YOUR HOLIDAY PICTURES…….IT CAN BE OF YOUR TREE, YOUR HOME, YOUR GIFT WRAP, AS LONG AS ITS HOLIDAY RELATED! I WILL BE POSTING MY READERS SPECTACULAR IMAGES TOMORROW! YOU ARE IN FOR A ROYAL TREAT……SEND ME YOUR PICTURES TO THEENCHANTEDHOME@GMAIL.COM

As you know Friday was my birthday as well. I am glad I didn’t know about it beforehand, admittedly it would have been difficult to get into a celebratory mood knowing what was going on just a state away.? I first want to say thanks so much for the wonderful and warm birthday wishes and was so touched by your comments, emails and even a few E-cards!? I really had a wonderful day. It meant so much to have a “day off”, no pressure to run around, play mama elf and do a million things in a day, do anything other than allow myself to be wined and dined by those I love and who thankfully love me back:) My dear friend made a beautiful luncheon for me and five of my closest friends. It is more than apparent that she put a lot of love and care into this special day as these pictures will attest.

The food was amazing, the atmosphere picture perfect and holiday ready and the company bar none….being surrounded by my closest friends, who could ask for anything more! I gave out nutcracker ornaments as favors and then she showered each of us with a beautiful Ralph Lauren candle and giant gingerbread cookie! It was like Christmas 11 days early! Besides feeling very loved and cared for, it was fun to be in her stunning home all decked out for the holidays! So you know I love to share with you my comings and goings and I thought you would all enjoy seeing highlights from this special day…..

?Such a beautiful and elegant holiday/birthday tablescape!

?Her dining room is absolutely beautiful and you know I love that paper (and those jars)!
?Killer view…….
?Her 15 foot tree, its a stunner and could give Rockefeller Center a run for its money!
This is a beautiful vignette in browns and greens…love it!
?A peek into the kitchen
?Another angle of that amazing view….
This is such a pretty picture, don’t you think?

?Her elegant and warm butlers pantry…..
And for all you Gracie wallpaper fans……this is one stunning powder room!

?Coffee was served in these darling nutcracker mugs….
?How about this darling pair of lab fireplace fenders for her two labs, love this!

?Her beautiful new mohair chairs…….love the color!
?The pooches are partied out….they are ready for an afternoon siesta!
?Looking from the family room into the kitchen and breakfast room, such a pretty shot.
?My “favors” for each of my friends, a trio of nutcracker ornaments

?The ornaments that I gave out as favors….love nutcrackers!

?And the second favor! A beautiful Ralph Lauren candle and giant gingerbread cookie!

?The beautiful table setting, love the plaid, the gold and of course those darling napkin rings!

?There are the “party animals”
?Part of the spread to start….yummy cheese and a crudite

?A wonderful rose champagne, that just kept on flowing…I certainly didn’t say no!
?Pretty!

?Nutcrackers are everywhere….
I am getting hungry all over again!
?A wonderful really yummy pasta with fresh lemon and olive oil…soooooo good!
?And this lemon sole was heavenly!

?The colors are so pretty and warm
?Time for the “goodies”!
?My friend putting her last minute touches on her wonderful cooking!
This green tea ice cream was sooooo good, love the peppermint topping she put in for a little holiday cheer!
?And my special birthday cupcake….yum!

?And my beautiful gift, it was almost too pretty to open. I said almost, but I was able to oblige:)

Her beautiful welcoming family room…….pretty!

With a view like this, it was hard to get up and get back to our schedules…mesmerizing!

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What a fabulous day!! Thank you so much for making me feel like one special lady! This was such a nice break from the chaotic days that I have had, and the perfect remedy to a crazy busy last few weeks. I feel recharged and ready to carry on with the holiday hustle bustle! Thanks for stopping by, hope you are getting through the holiday craziness OK……..I am taking it easy today, wrapping gifts but not even thinking of venturing into stores, supposed to stop by a holiday party a friend is having, and just catching my breath before I begin what will be a super busy week (I am determined to finish all my shopping no later than Wednesday)! Have a wonderful Sunday……


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A prayer for Newtown and my birthday recap…..

I start this post by saying my heart is heavy over the unspeakable tragedy in Newtown, and asking everyone to keep those affected in their prayers.   Absolutely devastating and frankly hard to wrap my head around. For those families left behind dealing with the most unimaginable grief, I hope God will protect, bless and guide them during this dark time and in the difficult days ahead. My heart breaks for each of them. All we can do is keep them in our prayers, which I will continue to do. 

LAST DAY TO SUBMIT YOUR HOLIDAY PICTURES…….IT CAN BE OF YOUR TREE, YOUR HOME, YOUR GIFT WRAP, AS LONG AS ITS HOLIDAY RELATED! I WILL BE POSTING MY READERS SPECTACULAR IMAGES TOMORROW! YOU ARE IN FOR A ROYAL TREAT……SEND ME YOUR PICTURES TO THEENCHANTEDHOME@GMAIL.COM

As you know Friday was my birthday as well. I am glad I didn’t know about it beforehand, admittedly it would have been difficult to get into a celebratory mood knowing what was going on just a state away.  I first want to say thanks so much for the wonderful and warm birthday wishes and was so touched by your comments, emails and even a few E-cards!  I really had a wonderful day. It meant so much to have a “day off”, no pressure to run around, play mama elf and do a million things in a day, do anything other than allow myself to be wined and dined by those I love and who thankfully love me back:) My dear friend made a beautiful luncheon for me and five of my closest friends. It is more than apparent that she put a lot of love and care into this special day as these pictures will attest.

The food was amazing, the atmosphere picture perfect and holiday ready and the company bar none….being surrounded by my closest friends, who could ask for anything more! I gave out nutcracker ornaments as favors and then she showered each of us with a beautiful Ralph Lauren candle and giant gingerbread cookie! It was like Christmas 11 days early! Besides feeling very loved and cared for, it was fun to be in her stunning home all decked out for the holidays! So you know I love to share with you my comings and goings and I thought you would all enjoy seeing highlights from this special day…..

 Such a beautiful and elegant holiday/birthday tablescape!

 Her dining room is absolutely beautiful and you know I love that paper (and those jars)!
 Killer view…….
 Her 15 foot tree, its a stunner and could give Rockefeller Center a run for its money!
This is a beautiful vignette in browns and greens…love it!
 A peek into the kitchen
 Another angle of that amazing view….
This is such a pretty picture, don’t you think?

 Her elegant and warm butlers pantry…..
And for all you Gracie wallpaper fans……this is one stunning powder room!

 Coffee was served in these darling nutcracker mugs….
 How about this darling pair of lab fireplace fenders for her two labs, love this!

 Her beautiful new mohair chairs…….love the color!
 The pooches are partied out….they are ready for an afternoon siesta!
 Looking from the family room into the kitchen and breakfast room, such a pretty shot.
 My “favors” for each of my friends, a trio of nutcracker ornaments

 The ornaments that I gave out as favors….love nutcrackers!

 And the second favor! A beautiful Ralph Lauren candle and giant gingerbread cookie!

 The beautiful table setting, love the plaid, the gold and of course those darling napkin rings!

 There are the “party animals”
 Part of the spread to start….yummy cheese and a crudite

 A wonderful rose champagne, that just kept on flowing…I certainly didn’t say no!
 Pretty!

 Nutcrackers are everywhere….
I am getting hungry all over again!
 A wonderful really yummy pasta with fresh lemon and olive oil…soooooo good!
 And this lemon sole was heavenly!

 The colors are so pretty and warm
 Time for the “goodies”!
 My friend putting her last minute touches on her wonderful cooking!
This green tea ice cream was sooooo good, love the peppermint topping she put in for a little holiday cheer!
 And my special birthday cupcake….yum!

 And my beautiful gift, it was almost too pretty to open. I said almost, but I was able to oblige:)

Her beautiful welcoming family room…….pretty!

With a view like this, it was hard to get up and get back to our schedules…mesmerizing!

 

 
What a fabulous day!! Thank you so much for making me feel like one special lady! This was such a nice break from the chaotic days that I have had, and the perfect remedy to a crazy busy last few weeks. I feel recharged and ready to carry on with the holiday hustle bustle! Thanks for stopping by, hope you are getting through the holiday craziness OK……..I am taking it easy today, wrapping gifts but not even thinking of venturing into stores, supposed to stop by a holiday party a friend is having, and just catching my breath before I begin what will be a super busy week (I am determined to finish all my shopping no later than Wednesday)! Have a wonderful Sunday……
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