KITCHEN LOVE contest is on, round 2!!

 Yes my blog has gone crazy today, in case you are wondering why it looks like it does..don’t ask. YOU HAVE NO IDEA. I promise I am working fast and furious behind the scenes to “make this right” and assure you this was not part of the plan, its been C R A Z Y! Just happy the post is back up and my contest is working so please pardon the disarray of my blog and be assured it will soon be a pretty place again!

Hi there, thank you so much for your participation from round one (around a whopping 1200 votes)!!! Are  you ready for even more beautiful kitchens? Think you can handle it? Here we go with round two……the beauty just continues. I got in such  a wonderful assortment, from a tiny but super charming kitchen in a 500 foot cottage, to someones brand new dream kitchen that  they waited 10 years to build to a wonderful 100 year old kitchen area of a family’s Maine cottage to a beautiful kitchen in France….what fun to see them all! From cozy and small to grand and elegant, there is something for everyone!

Many here are magazine worthy, a testament to the taste level of my readers, I had an absolute blast getting to peek into all of your homes….so thank you! Just gorgeous, a favorite from this batch will be crowned and then we will have a final showdown of the two top picks (one from each round). Ready to take it all in?

 Remember- everyone was allowed to submit two pictures, some submitted almost the identical picture which is fine so dont’ think you are seeing double. Some of my readers have also had published kitchens so if one or two look familiar you might know why:) A few had their homes professionally photographed, that is fine too as long as it’s their kitchen. Do not panic if you do do not see your kitchen here, the other post has the rest (they were added in the order they were submitted).  Just want to set the record straight…..enjoy all the beauty!

Now its the hard part!  Time to vote for your three top faves…….

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OK so know the drill….you can vote for up to three kitchens. This poll will remain open until Thurs. monring at 6am, when  I will announce the two finalists, and hold a “showdown” on Thursday, a winner will be crowned on Friday! Thank you for stopping in and participating in all the fun……

KITCHEN LOVE round 1 is on!!

Many of you have asked where my extensive blogroll has gone…I was hoping you could tell me! Seriously, I am making some changes to my blog (soon to be revealed)  and hoping that loss is temporary……otherwise will be re adding them, one by one, seems to be a common theme this week:)

Hello and happy Sunday, I am so happy to present my KITCHEN LOVE contest!! Not without some major hiccups however, somehow blogger (after collecting pictures for the last almost 3 weeks) lost my entire post!!!!! I was freaking out, as it meant having to start all over again, talk about time consuming, to go back to each and every email…..arrrgggghhhh!!! It was worth it though and having everyone put Kitchen Love in the subject line was a huge help. So I am back in business! I have divided this into two rounds with nearly 140 pictures it was too  much for one. One winner will be crowned from each round then we we will have one final showdown between the two.

Many here are magazine worthy, a testament to the taste level of my readers, I had an absolute blast getting to peek into all of your homes….so thank you for allowing us in! Just gorgeous  and certainly proof that the kitchen really is the heart of the home. I can imagine the meals, get togethers, conversations and memories that have all been made in these wonderful kitchens! If by chance you are in the market for a new kitchen or a kitchen remodel, this is the absolute best idea source I can imagine:)

Remember- everyone was allowed to submit two pictures, some submitted almost the identical picture which is fine so dont’ think you are seeing double. Some of my readers have also had published kitchens so if one or two look familiar you might know why:) A few had their homes professionally photographed, that is fine too as long as it’s their kitchen. Do not panic if you do do not see your kitchen here, the other post has the rest (they were added in the order they were submitted).  Just want to set the record straight…..enjoy all the beauty!

Now its the hard part!  Time to vote for your three top faves, get out those pens and paper and put on those thinking caps….

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Wow, so many to love…I love how there is truly a little bit of everything, from tiny and oozing with charm to very grand and overflowing with elegance, I think this post exemplifies that the kitchen is where “it all goes down”! 

 So, now it’s your turn to vote for your top 3! This poll will close on Monday night (2 full days of voting). Round 2 will start on Tues and run until Wed. night. at which time the two top kitchens (one from each round) will go into a faceoff on Thursday, a winner will be crowned on Friday morning, Valentines Day!

Many thanks for all who sent in their wonderful pictures and to all the readers who are stopping by to participate in the voting….loves these contests!! Wishing everyone a wonderful and relaxing Sunday, you guessed it,  more snow is on the way (but a lot less than what was originally predicted) so I am not going to complain…until tomorrow!

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!


Which would you choose, a winner and a new contest!

Hi there, hope you had a great three day weekend. Mine was spent quite uneventfully,  I came down with a double ear infection and  strep throat! I haven’t had that in so long..the silver lining is of course not wanting to eat much and getting to see a ton of movies and basically not moving a muscle for the last 3 days (unless you count moving my arms and fingers to overuse my ipad in bed). But it got old and I was sick of that routine by day 3. I think I saw 10 movies! Amongst them were a great documentary on becoming a Grand sommalier, ” Somo”, it was really fascinating. Also saw Love Story,  Arbitrage, Great Expectations, The talented Mr. Ripley, To Rome with Love (all that I have seen over and over but never get old)  and many others. I am very well rested and finally feeling much better, not 100% but getting there!

So first off I want to announce a winner for the lovely silver cake spade set in celebration of my THREE year anniversary. Congratulations goes to…..

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Congratulations and thank you for such a beautiful and inspiring blog. For over a year now, you are amongst the first pages I load at the start of my day, I am so grateful you love it so much. I loved your Autumn post this year…I was feeling a little blue and very very pregnant with my later in life surprise baby and you put it all in perspective for me. It was a real turning point for me and I wanted to let you know how much  that meant to me. Much love and success

Please email me here to provide your shipping details.

Coming off the heels of my kitchen post last week, I thought it would make a fun post to see which one you really love. Also its the theme for my next contest so its was most appropriate! You will find details below. You know the drill, imagine the kitchen fairies have descended upon you and have granted your wish for your brand new dream kitchen. Think hard and wish away,  which would it be? Here we go……

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Whoa….lots of kitchen beauty here! To vote simply use the handy poll I included courtesy of Polldaddy, but feel free to leave a comment too:) I love hearing from you, of course. (you can vote for up to 3 kitchens, I know how hard it is to narrow it down to just one:)

I get so excited looking at gorgeous kitchens…….I can never get enough. Such a fun room to plan! I look forward to seeing which takes top prize..always fun to see what you all think, nothing like a beautiful kitchen to make me happy.  Which brings me to the subject of my next contest, 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 ktichen, something that makes your kitchen special and beautiufully 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 this beautiful large Spanish olive tray, a gorgeous addition to any kitchen!
Thanks as always for stopping in. Love hearing from you and always appreciate you taking the time to visit me! Wishing you a wonderful day and fantastic start to your week!

Which would you choose, a winner and a new contest!

Hi there, hope you had a great three day weekend. Mine was spent quite uneventfully,? I came down with a double ear infection and? strep throat! I haven’t had that in so long..the silver lining is of course not wanting to eat much and getting to see a ton of movies and basically not moving a muscle for the last 3 days (unless you count moving my arms and fingers to overuse my ipad in bed). But it got old and I was sick of that routine by day 3. I think I saw 10 movies! Amongst them were a great documentary on becoming a Grand sommalier, ” Somo”, it was really fascinating. Also saw Love Story,? Arbitrage, Great Expectations, The talented Mr. Ripley, To Rome with Love (all that I have seen over and over but never get old)? and many others. I am very well rested and finally feeling much better, not 100% but getting there!

So first off I want to announce a winner for the lovely silver cake spade set in celebration of my THREE year anniversary. Congratulations goes to…..

Result: 82

Congratulations and thank you for such a beautiful and inspiring blog. For over a year now, you are amongst the first pages I load at the start of my day, I am so grateful you love it so much. I loved your Autumn post this year…I was feeling a little blue and very very pregnant with my later in life surprise baby and you put it all in perspective for me. It was a real turning point for me and I wanted to let you know how much? that meant to me. Much love and success

Please email me here to provide your shipping details.

Coming off the heels of my kitchen post last week, I thought it would make a fun post to see which one you really love. Also its the theme for my next contest so its was most appropriate! You will find details below. You know the drill, imagine the kitchen fairies have descended upon you and have granted your wish for your brand new dream kitchen. Think hard and wish away,? which would it be? Here we go……

CHOICE 1
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CHOICE 7
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Whoa….lots of kitchen beauty here! To vote simply use the handy poll I included courtesy of Polldaddy, but feel free to leave a comment too:) I love hearing from you, of course. (you can vote for up to 3 kitchens, I know how hard it is to narrow it down to just one:)

I get so excited looking at gorgeous kitchens…….I can never get enough. Such a fun room to plan! I look forward to seeing which takes top prize..always fun to see what you all think, nothing like a beautiful kitchen to make me happy.? Which brings me to the subject of my next contest, 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 ktichen, something that makes your kitchen special and beautiufully 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 this beautiful large Spanish olive tray, a gorgeous addition to any kitchen!
Thanks as always for stopping in. Love hearing from you and always appreciate you taking the time to visit me! Wishing you a wonderful day and fantastic start to your week!

Which kitchen makes you want to whip up something good?

Ultimate kitchens round 3!

Hi there. It feels great to be getting back to the drawing board and doing what I love most…..blogging! I am working on various design posts and getting back to what I love to talk about. Haven’t done a kitchen post in such a long time…think its overdue! For anyone who loves design, kitchens are always at the forefront of any discussion or photo collection. The heart of the home, the one room where everyone loves to hang out in, I believe a kitchen is one room that deserves the best you can afford.

Beautiful cabinetry, great appliances, abundant storage, beautiful finishes are all wonderful but above all else it must be a functional and practical space. There are so many styles of kitchens to love. While I love a white kitchen for its clean crisp aesthetic, a European feeling kitchen with a variety of finishes is my personal favorite, hence why I created the kitchen that we did for our own home. Trends come and go but there are some that are absolutely classic and timeless.

 Marble being one such thing. I wouldn’t even consider any other countertop and would give up clothes buying for a year if I had to. I love the look of marble countertops. Some argue its not practical. Go tell that to the Italians and French bakers who have it all over their restaurant countertops and floors for years or the maintenance people who oversee The famed Spanish Steps in Rome..they have been there hundreds of years and still going strong!! It is the beautiful patina that comes with time and use that makes it so uniquely perfect in my humble opinion.

 As kitchens have never been given so much attention, lighting has become an equally front row and center detail. So many possibilities! I like the function of small high hats (still the best working light) coupled with interesting lighting like a chandelier or belljars. So enough of my gabbing, take a look at this newest collection of kitchens that have caught my eye for one reason or another. How about you? What’s your style? What are your must haves in a kitchen? Do tell!

 This is a beautiful space. The bold blue and white paper adds so much to this beautiful kitchen!

 Bleached oak never looked so fabulous….love it with the Belgian bluestone in black, gorgeous!

 My own kitchen…….have since replaced the barstools. I really love my kitchen today as much as I did when I created it almost two years ago (can’t believe its been that long)!

 There is certainly something very appealing about an all white kitchen and luscious white marble counterops, Homebunch

 Love the pale blue with white marble counter tops in this beautiful kitchen, the sconces are an unexpected touch too, Martha Stewart

Ellisa Cullman created this spectacular kitchen, very dramatic…love the “to the ceiling” cabinets

This beautiful kitchen has a similar feeling to my own, love the warmth the woods adds to the painted cabinets and of course the beams….Bill Litchfield

Mark Molthan created a beautiful and very inviting, cozy kitchen by combining a rich dark wood island with painted cabinets….gorgeous!

Great French inspired kitchen, love the mix of materials, big stone hood….fabulous and timeless! Homebunch


Thomas Pheasant did an amazing job creating a warm, inviting space out of this large family kitchen….love the added accents of blue and white, a rug, and the open shelving

When designing our own kitchen, this picture was one of my earlier/first inspirations…still love it! Traditional Home

Let’s face it….a “statement range” can easily make a pretty kitchen into an extraordinary kitchen!

Another very classic look…..the timeless appeal of black and white checkerboard floors, love this look!

There is something so warm and inviting about this white kitchen, think it could be the pretty pleated shade fixtures, like that look a lot!

Tall, long lean cabinets are a fantastic way to emphasize height in a kitchen with high ceilings
This look I LOVE, a copper pot collection, a warm stone oversized hood, baskets, a pretty chandelier, some elements of black..stunning!
Fell in love with this at first sight…these are sooo my colors and love that floor! House Beautiful
Talk about drama! Wow…this is one dramatic and beautiful kitchen, love the way the blue and white pops against the black!  Frederike Kemp Biggs
Another successful example of how colored cabinets can work so well…I think the key is making sure there is a “chalky” effect to the color, or a milky version of the color choice…..beautiful!
Yes, yes and yes! Just amazing….love a collection of beautiful copper pots and those high ceilings! Chateau Montgeoffroy
Always have liked gingham and think this oversized gingham accented kitchen is mighty charming! Emily Ann Designs

Gorgeous classic space, Elle Decor

Giselle and Tom Brady’s warm and expansive kitchen is as beautiful as it is functional

Interesting eclectic space with the stone wall and open shelving, Veranda

This is so warm and inviting, love the wing chair seating and gingham window treatment, Veranda

My kitchen again….love my belljars and reclaimed limestone floors, to me very classic accents

A few  of my personal favorite elements for a kitchen, start with flooring! Don’t skimp, it is truly the foundation for this space in more ways than one…..

 Reclaimed limestone….as classic as it gets

LOVE this reclaimed Austrian terra cotta with the wood….fabulous!

And if you are going to use wood, how about this Versaille Parquet in a weathered finish?

COUNTERTOPS

White marble for a countetop goes literally with every style and every color kitchen, timeless!!

LIGHTING

Great lighting, for a more traditional look I love the classic feel of belljars (these are my online shop)

If you want something more transitional feeling, these round globe lights from Restoration Hardware are great looking!

And of course a crystal chandelier is a fabulous way to add beautiful lighting to a kitchen

Love the warmth and coziness that adding shades to island lighting offers

So much to  love here, what fun it is to design and dream up a new kitchen. I have to say every morning that I walk into mine, I love it as much as I did the day we moved in, there really is nothing I would have done differently, proof to try and get what you really love.  So tell me what style is your dream kitchen? What would be first on your wish list? I love to hear from you….so tell me all about it. Thank you for stopping in, if you want to see even more kitchen gorgeousness definitely  visit my Pinterest board “kitchen love”, by clicking here. Wishing you a fabulous day!

Also only two more days to take advantage of the beautiful promo for the newest Annabel Ingall bags, click here for details! I have a few bags left.

Ultimate kitchens round 3!

Hi there. It feels great to be getting back to the drawing board and doing what I love most…..blogging! I am working on various design posts and getting back to what I love to talk about. Haven’t done a kitchen post in such a long time…think its overdue! For anyone who loves design, kitchens are always at the forefront of any discussion or photo collection. The heart of the home, the one room where everyone loves to hang out in, I believe a kitchen is one room that deserves the best you can afford.

Beautiful cabinetry, great appliances, abundant storage, beautiful finishes are all wonderful but above all else it must be a functional and practical space. There are so many styles of kitchens to love. While I love a white kitchen for its clean crisp aesthetic, a European feeling kitchen with a variety of finishes is my personal favorite, hence why I created the kitchen that we did for our own home. Trends come and go but there are some that are absolutely classic and timeless.

Marble being one such thing. I wouldn’t even consider any other countertop and would give up clothes buying for a year if I had to. I love the look of marble countertops. Some argue its not practical. Go tell that to the Italians and French bakers who have it all over their restaurant countertops and floors for years or the maintenance people who oversee The famed Spanish Steps in Rome..they have been there hundreds of years and still going strong!! It is the beautiful patina that comes with time and use that makes it so uniquely perfect in my humble opinion.

As kitchens have never been given so much attention, lighting has become an equally front row and center detail. So many possibilities! I like the function of small high hats (still the best working light) coupled with interesting lighting like a chandelier or belljars. So enough of my gabbing, take a look at this newest collection of kitchens that have caught my eye for one reason or another. How about you? What’s your style? What are your must haves in a kitchen? Do tell!

This is a beautiful space. The bold blue and white paper adds so much to this beautiful kitchen!

Bleached oak never looked so fabulous….love it with the Belgian bluestone in black, gorgeous!

My own kitchen…….have since replaced the barstools. I really love my kitchen today as much as I did when I created it almost two years ago (can’t believe its been that long)!

There is certainly something very appealing about an all white kitchen and luscious white marble counterops, Homebunch

Love the pale blue with white marble counter tops in this beautiful kitchen, the sconces are an unexpected touch too, Karr Bick Kitchen & Bath. Kitchen designer, Jenny Rausch.

Ellisa Cullman created this spectacular kitchen, very dramatic…love the “to the ceiling” cabinets

This beautiful kitchen has a similar feeling to my own, love the warmth the woods adds to the painted cabinets and of course the beams….Bill Litchfield

Mark Molthan created a beautiful and very inviting, cozy kitchen by combining a rich dark wood island with painted cabinets….gorgeous!

Great French inspired kitchen, love the mix of materials, big stone hood….fabulous and timeless! Homebunch


Thomas Pheasant did an amazing job creating a warm, inviting space out of this large family kitchen….love the added accents of blue and white, a rug, and the open shelving

When designing our own kitchen, this picture was one of my earlier/first inspirations…still love it! Traditional Home

Let’s face it….a “statement range” can easily make a pretty kitchen into an extraordinary kitchen!

Another very classic look…..the timeless appeal of black and white checkerboard floors, love this look!

There is something so warm and inviting about this white kitchen, think it could be the pretty pleated shade fixtures, like that look a lot!

Tall, long lean cabinets are a fantastic way to emphasize height in a kitchen with high ceilings
This look I LOVE, a copper pot collection, a warm stone oversized hood, baskets, a pretty chandelier, some elements of black..stunning!
Fell in love with this at first sight…these are sooo my colors and love that floor! House Beautiful
Talk about drama! Wow…this is one dramatic and beautiful kitchen, love the way the blue and white pops against the black!? Frederike Kemp Biggs
Another successful example of how colored cabinets can work so well…I think the key is making sure there is a “chalky” effect to the color, or a milky version of the color choice…..beautiful!
Yes, yes and yes! Just amazing….love a collection of beautiful copper pots and those high ceilings! Chateau Montgeoffroy
Always have liked gingham and think this oversized gingham accented kitchen is mighty charming! Emily Ann Designs

Gorgeous classic space, Elle Decor

Giselle and Tom Brady’s warm and expansive kitchen is as beautiful as it is functional

Interesting eclectic space with the stone wall and open shelving, Veranda

This is so warm and inviting, love the wing chair seating and gingham window treatment, Veranda

My kitchen again….love my belljars and reclaimed limestone floors, to me very classic accents

A few? of my personal favorite elements for a kitchen, start with flooring! Don’t skimp, it is truly the foundation for this space in more ways than one…..

 

Reclaimed limestone….as classic as it gets

LOVE this reclaimed Austrian terra cotta with the wood….fabulous!

And if you are going to use wood, how about this Versaille Parquet in a weathered finish?

COUNTERTOPS

White marble for a countetop goes literally with every style and every color kitchen, timeless!!

LIGHTING

 

Great lighting, for a more traditional look I love the classic feel of belljars (these are my online shop)

If you want something more transitional feeling, these round globe lights from Restoration Hardware are great looking!

 

And of course a crystal chandelier is a fabulous way to add beautiful lighting to a kitchen

Love the warmth and coziness that adding shades to island lighting offers

So much to? love here, what fun it is to design and dream up a new kitchen. I have to say every morning that I walk into mine, I love it as much as I did the day we moved in, there really is nothing I would have done differently, proof to try and get what you really love.? So tell me what style is your dream kitchen? What would be first on your wish list? I love to hear from you….so tell me all about it. Thank you for stopping in, if you want to see even more kitchen gorgeousness definitely? visit my Pinterest board “kitchen love”, by clicking here. Wishing you a fabulous day!

Also only two more days to take advantage of the beautiful promo for the newest Annabel Ingall bags, click here for details! I have a few bags left.

 

 

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Mr. and Mrs. Howard and a giveaway!

Good morning! I had the opportunity to attend an intimate Q&A with Mr. and Mrs. Howard over at the spectacular Safavieh Showroom in Stamford, CT.  yes….that talented duo that produces some of my all time favorite rooms…..rooms that fill  endless pages in blogland and Pinterest boards. What a lovely, charming and talented couple they are! I loved hearing about their story, how they got started in their business….and as with most things in life, when something is meant to be, it somehow just “happens” in a rather effortless way. Their story is wonderful, heart warming, inspiring and proof that when you have a passion for something and follow your heart, sometimes amazing things can happen and the rest will follow…..their wild success is certainly a tribute to that!! I also love that they are a husband and wife team……that in itself is a huge feat:)

Their new line for Sherrill furniture is absolutely gorgeous. There isn’t a piece of furniture there I would be delighted to add to my own home. It is traditional but has a current/modern edge that makes the furniture highly appealing and most appropriate for today’s slightly more casual lifestyle. I love that nearly every piece is made in the U.S.A. (worth its weight in gold)! Sherrill produces excellent quality, extremely comfortable and affordable furniture,  it’s no wonder that they are a very popular “go to” source for so many designers. The Mr. and Mrs Howard furniture line feels much like their namesake rooms do, welcoming, elegant, crisp and clean, warm and sophisticated.

Phoebe was so kind to sign a copy of her exquisite new bestselling book, The Joy of Decorating for one of my lucky readers. I have owned this book since it came out and have referred to it countless times, enjoyed hearing their stories and love how the book is categorized by themes. It is a true feast for the senses!

 I am quite sure, that many of you, being the savvy design loving readers you are,  own this book but for those that don’t this is one of those “must haves” that belongs in every design lovers home. So I am giving away a signed book to one lucky winner! Lets take a look at rooms that have received the Howard magic and a few favorite pieces from The Sherrill Collection, then details follow on the bottom………

Some exquisite new pieces from the Sherrill Collection for Mr. and Mrs. Howard…..

And while their rooms need no introduction……here’s a look at some of my personal favorites!

 This is one of my all time favorite bedrooms (for anyone who has been reading my blog a long time, you know this)!

 This could make me want to call in sick every day!

Love everything, every tine detail about this space…..recognize the belljar?

 Love the cocoon like feeling of this sumptuous bedroom…..

Pretty spectacular wouldn’t you say?  The book is filled with so many stunning images front to back….a true keeper. To me, their rooms always feel like walking onto a perfect billowy cloud, my absolute favorite feeling for a room. They design and decorate a “Howard room” with just the right amount of elegance, sophistication and clean lines sprinkled with a healthy dose of soft colors and lots of lovely painted finishes. Do you notice not a lot of pattern in their rooms? I think this is why they are so pleasing to the eye and why they are no doubt, a household name for anyone in the know:)

So how to win this wonderful signed book…..visit them over at Sherrill Furniture , come back here and tell me your favorite item from their new collection. Want a second chance? Subscribe to become a reader on her blog, which by the way is really fantastic, filed with all kinds of valuable “how tos” and I love their weekly before and afters. Phoebe is really generous in sharing her talent, knowledge and expertise through her blog. I will announce one lucky winner on Monday!

Want to see even more of their work, click here to visit their website.

Many thanks as always for stopping in and wishing you a fabulous Thursday!

Also on a sidenote, by popular demand was able to get 10 more sets of these gorgeous appetizer/dessert plates. Many emailed me but I had none left to sell, they sold out  almost right away. Email me at theenchantedhome@gmail.com if you want to place an order, they are ready to go!

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

Mr. and Mrs. Howard and a giveaway!

Good morning! I had the opportunity to attend an intimate Q&A with Mr. and Mrs. Howard over at the spectacular Safavieh Showroom in Stamford, CT.? yes….that talented duo that produces some of my all time favorite rooms…..rooms that fill? endless pages in blogland and Pinterest boards. What a lovely, charming and talented couple they are! I loved hearing about their story, how they got started in their business….and as with most things in life, when something is meant to be, it somehow just “happens” in a rather effortless way. Their story is wonderful, heart warming, inspiring and proof that when you have a passion for something and follow your heart, sometimes amazing things can happen and the rest will follow…..their wild success is certainly a tribute to that!! I also love that they are a husband and wife team……that in itself is a huge feat:)

Their new line for Sherrill furniture is absolutely gorgeous. There isn’t a piece of furniture there I would be delighted to add to my own home. It is traditional but has a current/modern edge that makes the furniture highly appealing and most appropriate for today’s slightly more casual lifestyle. I love that nearly every piece is made in the U.S.A. (worth its weight in gold)! Sherrill produces excellent quality, extremely comfortable and affordable furniture,? it’s no wonder that they are a very popular “go to” source for so many designers. The Mr. and Mrs Howard furniture line feels much like their namesake rooms do, welcoming, elegant, crisp and clean, warm and sophisticated.

Phoebe was so kind to sign a copy of her exquisite new bestselling book, The Joy of Decorating for one of my lucky readers. I have owned this book since it came out and have referred to it countless times, enjoyed hearing their stories and love how the book is categorized by themes. It is a true feast for the senses!

?I am quite sure, that many of you, being the savvy design loving readers you are,? own this book but for those that don’t this is one of those “must haves” that belongs in every design lovers home. So I am giving away a signed book to one lucky winner! Lets take a look at rooms that have received the Howard magic and a few favorite pieces from The Sherrill Collection, then details follow on the bottom………

Some exquisite new pieces from the Sherrill Collection for Mr. and Mrs. Howard…..

And while their rooms need no introduction……here’s a look at some of my personal favorites!

?This is one of my all time favorite bedrooms (for anyone who has been reading my blog a long time, you know this)!

?This could make me want to call in sick every day!

Love everything, every tine detail about this space…..recognize the belljar?

?Love the cocoon like feeling of this sumptuous bedroom…..

Pretty spectacular wouldn’t you say?? The book is filled with so many stunning images front to back….a true keeper. To me, their rooms always feel like walking onto a perfect billowy cloud, my absolute favorite feeling for a room. They design and decorate a “Howard room” with just the right amount of elegance, sophistication and clean lines sprinkled with a healthy dose of soft colors and lots of lovely painted finishes. Do you notice not a lot of pattern in their rooms? I think this is why they are so pleasing to the eye and why they are no doubt, a household name for anyone in the know:)

So how to win this wonderful signed book…..visit them over at Sherrill Furniture , come back here and tell me your favorite item from their new collection. Want a second chance? Subscribe to become a reader on her blog, which by the way is really fantastic, filed with all kinds of valuable “how tos” and I love their weekly before and afters. Phoebe is really generous in sharing her talent, knowledge and expertise through her blog. I will announce one lucky winner on Monday!

Want to see even more of their work, click here to visit their website.

Many thanks as always for stopping in and wishing you a fabulous Thursday!

Also on a sidenote, by popular demand was able to get 10 more sets of these gorgeous appetizer/dessert plates. Many emailed me but I had none left to sell, they sold out? almost right away. Email me at theenchantedhome@gmail.com if you want to place an order, they are ready to go!

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