Mad for monograms and a monogram giveaway!

Hello and happy Friday late day to you….kind of glad this week is over. Between my husbands pneomonia, my own root canal and a stomach bug……I am totally ready for a relaxing weekend,  I think I have earned a few glasses of wine or champagne (maybe even a bottle)!

OK, its definitely no secret how very much I love monograms. I mean really love them. I would monogram just about anything  that isn’t nailed down (and often do). I just cannot get enough…..how about you?

So today, I was tickled pink to get a signed copy of Victoria’s new Monogram issue in my mailbox. This magazine is absolutely exquisite and a MUST HAVE for anyone who loves monogram. Filled from front page to back cover of the most fabulous, droolworthy pictures of monograms, on linens, silver, china and stationary…it made me a bit weak at the knees! Seriously…I cannot stop looking at this magnificent collection filled with the most beautiful images. You must get a copy!! You will thank me:)

Best part? Hoffman Media  sent me two extra signed copies!! So I am giving away two issues to two very lucky monogramming loving readers. For those of who need to get a copy for yourself pronto, you can order it by clicking here. It is not to be missed, pure and simple. This is one of those magazines (like my many Southern Accents) that you will just not throw away!

So first a look at some of the wonderful ways monograms are being used today. And details on how to enter the drawing on the bottom…….enjoy!!

 Amazing what  three little letters can do to a bed!
The master “Leontine” of beautiful luxurious monogrammed bedding

 Love my Jack Rogers monogrammed sandals…….in all their many colors.

Aren’t these stunning green shantung silk pillows with their over sized monogram exquisite! Number Four Eleven

 Monogrammed silver flatware? Yes please!

 Don’t you love seeing a beautiful monogram on a chair?

 And how about these darling monogrammed clutches available here

 Love the personalized touch of monogrammed dinner napkins on a nice crisp linen napkin, Mark and Graham

 No one does stationary as beautiful as Alexa Pulitzer’s gorgeous monogrammed versions…….

How about  these darling belts in all their many colors and patterns!! Leta Austin Foster

A gorgeous bed with a single pillow graced with a monogram is the picture of elegance……

 Number Four Eleven monograms absolutely gorgeous pillows and linens!
 I love the idea of gorgeous monogrammed bar ware, such as the ones I sell on my online shop

 Carolyne Roehm  created this gorgeous blue and white setting complete with stunning monogrammed napkins

 LOVE these cookies! Flourpotcookies.com

Another example of how even one statement pillow bearing a monogram gives a “Wow” kind of effect, Number Four Eleven

 As beautiful for a kids room as they are for a master bedroom…monograms are always a great idea!

 Love seeing a beautiful old antique silver item monogrammed…..magnificent!
 Love monograms in fun bright colors too, Liz Caan

 Think the effect of a large scale monogram on a dining chair is so very beautiful, Number Four Eleven

Gorgeous room by Jill Rootes Interiors

 How about a beautiful colorful monogrammed cocktail napkin with this beautiful hemstitch detail?
 Nothing beats cozying up to a beautiful monogrammed blanket…Mark and Graham
 Hey if you can get away with bearing this monogram….go for it!
How adorable are these monogrammed wine stoppers!
Adore this beautiful monogrammed chair, Dixie Delights
And of course Stubbs and Wooton make the ultimate monogrammed  shoe!

 A beautiful monogrammed ice bucket is a great item to own and give as a wonderful gift

 Love the pop of color and dose of happy these beautiful linens give this bathroom

Now if this didn’t get you in the mood for monograms, don’t know what will! Feast your eyes on this  cover of the gorgeous edition of Victorias’ Monogram special edition magazine! Two lucky winners will each receive a signed copy (by Phyllis Hoffman, the media mogul behind this exquisite magazine). How to enter? Easy peasy……
Visit my monogram shop online and come back and tell me a favorite item. That’s it! If you want a second chance leave a comment on The Enchanted Home Facebook page by clicking here.
A winner will be announced on Monday morning……

Thanks for stopping in……hope you saw something here that you loved. Wishing you a wonderful Friday evening and fabulous weekend! Until Monday…..

Mad for monograms and a monogram giveaway!

Hello and happy Friday late day to you….kind of glad this week is over. Between my husbands pneomonia, my own root canal and a stomach bug……I am totally ready for a relaxing weekend,? I think I have earned a few glasses of wine or champagne (maybe even a bottle)!

OK, its definitely no secret how very much I love monograms. I mean really love them. I would monogram just about anything? that isn’t nailed down (and often do). I just cannot get enough…..how about you?

So today, I was tickled pink to get a signed copy of Victoria’s new Monogram issue in my mailbox. This magazine is absolutely exquisite and a MUST HAVE for anyone who loves monogram. Filled from front page to back cover of the most fabulous, droolworthy pictures of monograms, on linens, silver, china and stationary…it made me a bit weak at the knees! Seriously…I cannot stop looking at this magnificent collection filled with the most beautiful images. You must get a copy!! You will thank me:)

Best part? Hoffman Media? sent me two extra signed copies!! So I am giving away two issues to two very lucky monogramming loving readers. For those of who need to get a copy for yourself pronto, you can order it by clicking here. It is not to be missed, pure and simple. This is one of those magazines (like my many Southern Accents) that you will just not throw away!

So first a look at some of the wonderful ways monograms are being used today. And details on how to enter the drawing on the bottom…….enjoy!!

?Amazing what? three little letters can do to a bed!
The master “Leontine” of beautiful luxurious monogrammed bedding

?Love my Jack Rogers monogrammed sandals…….in all their many colors.

Aren’t these stunning green shantung silk pillows with their over sized monogram exquisite! Number Four Eleven

?Monogrammed silver flatware? Yes please!

?Don’t you love seeing a beautiful monogram on a chair?

?And how about these darling monogrammed clutches available here

?Love the personalized touch of monogrammed dinner napkins on a nice crisp linen napkin, Mark and Graham

?No one does stationary as beautiful as Alexa Pulitzer’s gorgeous monogrammed versions…….

How about? these darling belts in all their many colors and patterns!! Leta Austin Foster

A gorgeous bed with a single pillow graced with a monogram is the picture of elegance……

?Number Four Eleven monograms absolutely gorgeous pillows and linens!
?I love the idea of gorgeous monogrammed bar ware, such as the ones I sell on my online shop

?Carolyne Roehm? created this gorgeous blue and white setting complete with stunning monogrammed napkins

?LOVE these cookies! Flourpotcookies.com

Another example of how even one statement pillow bearing a monogram gives a “Wow” kind of effect, Number Four Eleven

?As beautiful for a kids room as they are for a master bedroom…monograms are always a great idea!

?Love seeing a beautiful old antique silver item monogrammed…..magnificent!
?Love monograms in fun bright colors too, Liz Caan

?Think the effect of a large scale monogram on a dining chair is so very beautiful, Number Four Eleven

Gorgeous room by Jill Rootes Interiors

?How about a beautiful colorful monogrammed cocktail napkin with this beautiful hemstitch detail?
?Nothing beats cozying up to a beautiful monogrammed blanket…Mark and Graham
?Hey if you can get away with bearing this monogram….go for it!
How adorable are these monogrammed wine stoppers!
Adore this beautiful monogrammed chair, Dixie Delights
And of course Stubbs and Wooton make the ultimate monogrammed? shoe!

?A beautiful monogrammed ice bucket is a great item to own and give as a wonderful gift

?Love the pop of color and dose of happy these beautiful linens give this bathroom

Now if this didn’t get you in the mood for monograms, don’t know what will! Feast your eyes on this? cover of the gorgeous edition of Victorias’ Monogram special edition magazine! Two lucky winners will each receive a signed copy (by Phyllis Hoffman, the media mogul behind this exquisite magazine). How to enter? Easy peasy……
Visit my monogram shop online and come back and tell me a favorite item. That’s it! If you want a second chance leave a comment on The Enchanted Home Facebook page by clicking here.
A winner will be announced on Monday morning……

Thanks for stopping in……hope you saw something here that you loved. Wishing you a wonderful Friday evening and fabulous weekend! Until Monday…..

A first…..An Enchanted Home shop tag sale and a giveaway!!

The wonderful and exciting giveaway from Judith August cosmetics is below…be sure to participate!!

Hi there, today is like a fun tag sale, a warehouse clearance, a post on pretty accessories AND a giveaway all in one…..imagine all this without having to leave your seat at the computer! I had rented out a small space at a nearby warehouse which I am no longer leasing (got another small space) so I went to clean things out and found some things that frankly I didn’t know I had! They were stored all in boxes and there were many happy surprises:) Most of them are things that there are only one or two of….but all wonderful brand new,  beautiful item. 

I as of this morning updated to tell you what is available and what is sold…

 Instead of putting them up on my online shop, I am going to post them here since I have only 1 or 2 of each item,  along with their description and price, as you can also see I numbered them, for ease of emailing me. If you want something simply email me tell you want number x and I will direct invoice you. Any questions of course just ask! Obviously its first come first serve. Everything is discounted. Some things are less here than on my website because I got them at the old pricing and only have one or two here.  Email me here.  So ready to take a look? Here we go…..

1. 2 etched cut crystal perfume bottles in softly colored blue and one green(pictures don’t pick up on colors but they are softly blue and green) …measures about 6,5″ tall $15.00 each  SOLD

2. 1 beautiful oversized tole floral tray. It says its dark green but I think its black (asked my husband and he immediately said black too). If its green it is extremely dark green. There is a scratch across it, which is not really that obvious because of the busy floral pattern, could easily be touched up with a marker/paint. Measures about 25″x 18″ (widest point) across…..$90.00 SOLD

3.Beautiful pearl detailed frame $20.00 each (holds 3 x5 or a cut down 4×6  picture). I have two. SOLD

4 .Beautiful guest towel holders/small trays. Finally found some! (First one is ant. brass, second is silver, third is ant brass crown) 60.00 each SECOND AND THIRD AVAILABLE.

5. Jewel encrusted frame. $22.00 I have one. SOLD

6. 2  Spanish olive trays 1 med and 1 sm 70.00 for the small and  80.00 for the med. SOLD

7. 1 beautiful small scenic tole planter measures bout 9″ x 6″ tall $65.00  SOLD

8.Monogrammed guest towels, sets of 3. I have these letters in the white monogram, H, A, C and G. These letters in the ecru monogram, H, A, J, O and N. And these in the black on linen, S, K, Y, L, D, B, M and E.. Normally it is $20 for 3, these are $15.00 for 3. These are about to have a price increase so this is an especially great deal! Awesome gift!! ONLY A FEW LETTERS LEFT

9.Cocktail napkins, sets of 6, I have these letters D, S and N. $15.00 per set of 6. Great deal and very elegant touch when entertaining!

10. Two antique dough bowls. Both in excellent perfect condition, small, one is 20″ x 12″ and the other is 17″ x 10.5″. They are each $165.00 (approx. 40.00 discounted) LARGER ONE AVAILABLE

11. Gorgeous green butterfly tole planters, was planning on carrying  these but the vendor was not reliable so I decided against it. A beautiful pair of new tole containers/planters. They measure 9.5″ x 8″ at the widest point.  $135 for the pair SOLD

12. Stunning black garland tole umbrella stand. The slightest dent that you cannot even see, brand new. $115.00 SOLD

13.Darling cherub and beige porcelain soap or candy dish $45.00 SOLD

14. Gorgeous footed silver decorative beverage or planter. I can see this used with ice and bottles of wine or Pellegrino or planted with an orchid or flowering plant. Measures 13″ across by 7″ tall $115.00 AVAILABLE

15. Beautiful silver garland tray. Has one very fine scratch that is easy to miss across the top (which is likely to be covered anyway). Really pretty and great for a vanity, I have one of these myself. Measures 15″ x 8″  $70.00 SOLD

16. “Books” bookends. These are so pretty and really decorative, a great way to finish any vignette. $38.00 one pair SOLD

17. Beautiful scalloped silver/nickel chargers. These sold out immediately. These had a sticker on them and there is the slightest discoloration where the sticker was. Trust me its very hard to see, I have 10 total and will sell them in 2’s. These were 45.00, today they are 25.00 each. They measure 12″ across.So wish I could get more! SOLD

18. Intricate gold filigree vanity tray. Beautiful details…the surface looks a little worn but its actually been “antiqued”. Perfect for a vanity or small bar tray, where the top would be normally covered anyway. Measures 15″ at the longest point by 7″ wide $65.00 AVAILABLE

19. A pair of black and gold sconces….where were these when I needed them! Pair is $110.00…..very good deal on an elegant pair of beautiful gold and black sconces/brackets. SOLD

20. One canvas art left, that I just found….its called “Rainy day” and features a young girl walking alongside a St. Bernard type dog. This is $115 (normally 155). Just one. 24 x 20 SOLD

21. A stunning pair of crystal etched hurricanes. These are oversized and sooo fabulous. They retails for upwards of 300.00 on several websites.This one pair I am selling for $185.00. Absolutely stunning! SOLD


22. Beautiful etched cut glass vanity jar (Ralph Lauren bought these from this vendor) I have two left, one sm and one med. Beautiful detailing, gorgeous silver intricate lid. Could be beautiful on any vanity, or as part of a vignette atop a stack of books in a library maybe. Sm is approx.6.5″ tall and med. is approx. 8-9″ tall. Sm is 60 and med is 70. SOLD


So there you have it! Any questions, just email me here. If you want something just let me know and I will send you an invoice you, these are ready to ship. Great chance to stock up on some pretty accessories or even gifts!! 

Now onto this giveaway, so generously donated by Judith August! Imagine my delight and thrill when I heard from this famous makeup guru, after posting about her products last week! Turns out we are each others fans..how about that!! So Judith was generous enough to offer up a giveaway!! 

One lucky winner is going to get this fabulous set of makeup to the stars, The Killer Cover kit (with a name like that you know it delivers)!. All you need to do is leave a comment here, after visiting her site and telling us a product you would love to have. Click here to visit her site.  Want a second chance, leave a message on her Facebook page. Click here to visit her at Facebook. I will announce a winner on Saturday morning!

The Killer Cover Kit was designed as a singular solution to covering the most difficult discolorations.

Killer Cover? Total Blockout Makeup
Designed to cover your largest and darkest age spots.

  • Based on theatrical make up, this special formula succeeds where traditional concealers fail.
  • Five-Color wheel allows You to Custom Blend & Match Your Skin Tone
  • Water proof & lasts all day until you decide to remove it
August Minerals? Finishing Powder: Translucent
All-natural mineral powder sets and finishes your camouflage makeup.

  • Natural SPF
  • Non-comedogenic
  • Non-irritating
Killer Cleanser?
The perfect makeup remover for all types of makeup especially camouflage makeup

  • Contains Aloe Vera, Jojoba Oil & Vitamin E
  • Leaves skin feeling soft and clean
  • For All Skin Types 

A little something for everyone….thanks for stopping in and wishing everyone a fabulous Tuesday! If you missed Alison of the Polohouse’s incredible house tour yesterday, it is not to be missed, click here to see. Enjoy your day!!

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A first…..An Enchanted Home shop tag sale and a giveaway!!


The wonderful and exciting giveaway from Judith August cosmetics is below…be sure to participate!!

Hi there, today is like a fun tag sale, a warehouse clearance, a post on pretty accessories AND a giveaway all in one…..imagine all this without having to leave your seat at the computer! I had rented out a small space at a nearby warehouse which I am no longer leasing (got another small space) so I went to clean things out and found some things that frankly I didn’t know I had! They were stored all in boxes and there were many happy surprises:) Most of them are things that there are only one or two of….but all wonderful brand new,? beautiful item.?

I as of this morning updated to tell you what is available and what is sold…

?Instead of putting them up on my online shop, I am going to post them here since I have only 1 or 2 of each item,? along with their description and price, as you can also see I numbered them, for ease of emailing me. If you want something simply email me tell you want number x and I will direct invoice you. Any questions of course just ask! Obviously its first come first serve. Everything is discounted. Some things are less here than on my website because I got them at the old pricing and only have one or two here.? Email me here.? So ready to take a look? Here we go…..

1. 2 etched cut crystal perfume bottles in softly colored blue and one green(pictures don’t pick up on colors but they are softly blue and green) …measures about 6,5″ tall $15.00 each? SOLD

2. 1 beautiful oversized tole floral tray. It says its dark green but I think its black (asked my husband and he immediately said black too). If its green it is extremely dark green. There is a scratch across it, which is not really that obvious because of the busy floral pattern, could easily be touched up with a marker/paint. Measures about 25″x 18″ (widest point) across…..$90.00 SOLD

3.Beautiful pearl detailed frame $20.00 each (holds 3 x5 or a cut down 4×6? picture). I have two. SOLD

4 .Beautiful guest towel holders/small trays. Finally found some! (First one is ant. brass, second is silver, third is ant brass crown) 60.00 each SECOND AND THIRD AVAILABLE.

5. Jewel encrusted frame. $22.00 I have one. SOLD

6. 2? Spanish olive trays 1 med and 1 sm 70.00 for the small and? 80.00 for the med. SOLD

7. 1 beautiful small scenic tole planter measures bout 9″ x 6″ tall $65.00? SOLD

8.Monogrammed guest towels, sets of 3. I have these letters in the white monogram, H, A, C and G. These letters in the ecru monogram, H, A, J, O and N. And these in the black on linen, S, K, Y, L, D, B, M and E.. Normally it is $20 for 3, these are $15.00 for 3. These are about to have a price increase so this is an especially great deal! Awesome gift!! ONLY A FEW LETTERS LEFT

9.Cocktail napkins, sets of 6, I have these letters D, S and N. $15.00 per set of 6. Great deal and very elegant touch when entertaining!

10. Two antique dough bowls. Both in excellent perfect condition, small, one is 20″ x 12″ and the other is 17″ x 10.5″. They are each $165.00 (approx. 40.00 discounted) LARGER ONE AVAILABLE

11. Gorgeous green butterfly tole planters, was planning on carrying? these but the vendor was not reliable so I decided against it. A beautiful pair of new tole containers/planters. They measure 9.5″ x 8″ at the widest point.? $135 for the pair SOLD

12. Stunning black garland tole umbrella stand. The slightest dent that you cannot even see, brand new. $115.00 SOLD

13.Darling cherub and beige porcelain soap or candy dish $45.00 SOLD

14. Gorgeous footed silver decorative beverage or planter. I can see this used with ice and bottles of wine or Pellegrino or planted with an orchid or flowering plant. Measures 13″ across by 7″ tall $115.00 AVAILABLE

15. Beautiful silver garland tray. Has one very fine scratch that is easy to miss across the top (which is likely to be covered anyway). Really pretty and great for a vanity, I have one of these myself. Measures 15″ x 8″? $70.00 SOLD

16. “Books” bookends. These are so pretty and really decorative, a great way to finish any vignette. $38.00 one pair SOLD

17. Beautiful scalloped silver/nickel chargers. These sold out immediately. These had a sticker on them and there is the slightest discoloration where the sticker was. Trust me its very hard to see, I have 10 total and will sell them in 2’s. These were 45.00, today they are 25.00 each. They measure 12″ across.So wish I could get more! SOLD

18. Intricate gold filigree vanity tray. Beautiful details…the surface looks a little worn but its actually been “antiqued”. Perfect for a vanity or small bar tray, where the top would be normally covered anyway. Measures 15″ at the longest point by 7″ wide $65.00 AVAILABLE

19. A pair of black and gold sconces….where were these when I needed them! Pair is $110.00…..very good deal on an elegant pair of beautiful gold and black sconces/brackets. SOLD

20. One canvas art left, that I just found….its called “Rainy day” and features a young girl walking alongside a St. Bernard type dog. This is $115 (normally 155). Just one. 24 x 20 SOLD

21. A stunning pair of crystal etched hurricanes. These are oversized and sooo fabulous. They retails for upwards of 300.00 on several websites.This one pair I am selling for $185.00. Absolutely stunning! SOLD


22. Beautiful etched cut glass vanity jar (Ralph Lauren bought these from this vendor) I have two left, one sm and one med. Beautiful detailing, gorgeous silver intricate lid. Could be beautiful on any vanity, or as part of a vignette atop a stack of books in a library maybe. Sm is approx.6.5″ tall and med. is approx. 8-9″ tall. Sm is 60 and med is 70. SOLD


So there you have it! Any questions, just email me here. If you want something just let me know and I will send you an invoice you, these are ready to ship. Great chance to stock up on some pretty accessories or even gifts!!?

Now onto this giveaway, so generously donated by Judith August! Imagine my delight and thrill when I heard from this famous makeup guru, after posting about her products last week! Turns out we are each others fans..how about that!! So Judith was generous enough to offer up a giveaway!!?

One lucky winner is going to get this fabulous set of makeup to the stars, The Killer Cover kit (with a name like that you know it delivers)!. All you need to do is leave a comment here, after visiting her site and telling us a product you would love to have. Click here to visit her site.? Want a second chance, leave a message on her Facebook page. Click here to visit her at Facebook. I will announce a winner on Saturday morning!


The Killer Cover Kit was designed as a singular solution to covering the most difficult discolorations.

Killer Cover? Total Blockout Makeup
Designed to cover your largest and darkest age spots.

  • Based on theatrical make up, this special formula succeeds where traditional concealers fail.
  • Five-Color wheel allows You to Custom Blend & Match Your Skin Tone
  • Water proof & lasts all day until you decide to remove it
August Minerals? Finishing Powder: Translucent
All-natural mineral powder sets and finishes your camouflage makeup.

  • Natural SPF
  • Non-comedogenic
  • Non-irritating
Killer Cleanser?
The perfect makeup remover for all types of makeup especially camouflage makeup

  • Contains Aloe Vera, Jojoba Oil & Vitamin E
  • Leaves skin feeling soft and clean
  • For All Skin Types?

A little something for everyone….thanks for stopping in and wishing everyone a fabulous Tuesday! If you missed Alison of the Polohouse’s incredible house tour yesterday, it is not to be missed, click here to see. Enjoy your day!!

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The bedroom chronicles part 1

Before I begin the bedroom chronicles, I have to share two things with you.

For anyone who was interested in the dough bowls last round…but was not able to get one (they sell out really fast) I was lucky to snag another 6. My vendor called yesterday that he was unloading the last of a container from Belgium  and they just opened up a large armoire to see 6 bowls hiding in there! So he offered them to me, they are approx.  20-27′ and as are all the bowls from this vendor, they are GORGEOUS! So email me here if you want one (I feel like these are kids that I am putting up for adoption every time I get some in)

Second, one of the many perks of blogging is the exchange of information and vast resources that come our way. Do you believe in miracles? I do, and was completely touched by this story, of a young girl affectionately nicknamed “Soup”. Just so happens Soup is the cousin of one of the dearest people in all of blogland, Suzanne from Privet and Holly. It is also happens that she has leukemia. 

Soup has one big wish, to meet up with Carrie Underwood….want to help that become  a reality? Watch this video and pass it on! She is determined that somewhere along the way Carrie may see it. Such a beautiful girl and that smile could light up a room. Say a prayer for Soup, I know I am. Thank you Suzanne!  You must watch this…..and if you want to see Suzanne’s amazingly beautiful post click here.

Is she the cutest thing ever??? Please pass this on……once you see this you can’t forget it! Rooting for you Soup!

Hi there, well I alluded to the fact last week that my bedroom is finally getting the attention its long deserved. This really should have been done first, but the discontinuing of that darn wallpaper threw me into a tizzy and the bedroom got put on the back burner. Now almost 9 months later, I am ready to put the pedal  to the  metal on this room aka my private sanctuary ! I think few rooms are as important as a bedroom. After all you spend nearly half your day there.

 At the end of a long and hard day, is there anything better than walking into your bedroom, closing the door (and eyes) and just breathing in the peace and serenity. I don’t think so…I live for those moments! A lot of people ask me about how I go about starting a room. I generally advise that in a perfect world…its best to start from the ground up, if you are able. OR if there is something that has struck your fancy, whether it be a wallpaper, a lamp, a decorative object, a pillow, often times those things can inspire an entire room to come together.

So in my case, since the wallpaper that once inspired me to do this room soup to nuts did not work out….I am starting with the carpet. After a battle of wood floors vs. carpet alas my husband finally gets that carpeting feels sooooo good and toasty on our feet especially in the dead of winter. So we have finally decided to go for it. Its now narrowed down to two wonderful choices (below). I have also included a snippet of the magnificent monogrammed bedding my mom gave us for a housewarming gift, cannot wait to put it on! And then what follows are some beautiful bedroom inspirations for my bedroom. Tonal, soft, tranquil, serene, cloud like are words that  shape my vision. Ready? Let s go!

The carpet…here are the two front runners and a snippet of the gorgeous gray blue monogrammed bedding (on ivory)…….

 This is with the blue background…..

 And this one with the ivory background…..

  So its between the two with the blues……….would love to know your pick!

Have had these lamps in my vision for ages…………and they will become mine!!!!!!

A touch of blue and white in a bedroom…heck yes!

And here are some images that have been in my dream bedroom file for a while for one reason or another…..

These are “my colors” love the monogram, elegant retrained canopy, the overall feeling is just right!

Love the tonal feel, so soothing and of course LOVE the monogram! Check out the beautiful shirring detail on the top, Phoebe Howard 
Not my colors but do love this bed canopy, not too “frou frou” so my husband can still feel like a man in his own bedroom….lol
Love the idea of two chairs and an ottoman in front of the fireplace….sooo cozy! Brunschwig and Fils

 Love the softest hint of color here and the creamy white, has such an ethereal effect! Belclaire House

 This room looks so inviting, love the plumpness of the bedding, the fireplace and the pretty chair and ottoman, and is that a blue and white vase I spy! Jean Randazzo

 Is this not saying just jump in now and don’t leave!! This could be a hard bed to leave in the morning:)

Do love a bench and the soft draping, beautiful warm colors make this so inviting and elegant, Eubanks

I would feel like a princess! P.Howard
Love the softness, all the light and airiness……BHG

Talk about elegance meets cozy….I could sit there and read for hours and hours!

This is the very picture of soft, serene and spectacular, love the scalloped detail on the window treatment

Of course love the monogram and interesting headboard, Good Life of Design

A classic, soft and feminine, beautiful bench, love the carpet, Cathy Kincaid

One of my faves, love the bed the scale, colors and window treatment, Traditional Home
A beautiful room. Period. Kelly Proxmire

Soft and elegant, love the pale blues, the drapes and how inviting this feels. Kelly Proxmire
 
 
Do you see a common theme? Light? Check. Pale blue? Check. Soft and serene? Check. Billowy light flowy fabrics? Check. Mushy gushy bedding that you can literally sink into? Check check!
Gorgeous soft lighting? Check. Though these are each different, they all have a certain dreamlike/cocoon- ish quality to them. That is very important to how I want my bedroom to feel. I am getting excited about getting this off the ground, now that some of the elements are coming into place. Once I decide on the carpet, (want to order it by this weekend)…..I will be well on my way! Here’s a little mood board I made to give the overall vibe of the room still a work in progress you gives you an idea………so tell me whats important to you in a master bedroom? 

 
Thanks for stopping by! More to come on this subject. Much more:) Have a wonderful Friday.
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The bedroom chronicles part 1

Before I begin the bedroom chronicles, I have to share two things with you.

For anyone who was interested in the dough bowls last round…but was not able to get one (they sell out really fast) I was lucky to snag another 6. My vendor called yesterday that he was unloading the last of a container from Belgium? and they just opened up a large armoire to see 6 bowls hiding in there! So he offered them to me, they are approx.? 20-27′ and as are all the bowls from this vendor, they are GORGEOUS! So email me here if you want one (I feel like these are kids that I am putting up for adoption every time I get some in)

Second, one of the many perks of blogging is the exchange of information and vast resources that come our way. Do you believe in miracles? I do, and was completely touched by this story, of a young girl affectionately nicknamed “Soup”. Just so happens Soup is the cousin of one of the dearest people in all of blogland, Suzanne from Privet and Holly. It is also happens that she has leukemia.?

Soup has one big wish, to meet up with Carrie Underwood….want to help that become? a reality? Watch this video and pass it on! She is determined that somewhere along the way Carrie may see it. Such a beautiful girl and that smile could light up a room. Say a prayer for Soup, I know I am. Thank you Suzanne!? You must watch this…..and if you want to see Suzanne’s amazingly beautiful post click here.

Is she the cutest thing ever??? Please pass this on……once you see this you can’t forget it! Rooting for you Soup!

Hi there, well I alluded to the fact last week that my bedroom is finally getting the attention its long deserved. This really should have been done first, but the discontinuing of that darn wallpaper threw me into a tizzy and the bedroom got put on the back burner. Now almost 9 months later, I am ready to put the pedal? to the? metal on this room aka my private sanctuary ! I think few rooms are as important as a bedroom. After all you spend nearly half your day there.

?At the end of a long and hard day, is there anything better than walking into your bedroom, closing the door (and eyes) and just breathing in the peace and serenity. I don’t think so…I live for those moments! A lot of people ask me about how I go about starting a room. I generally advise that in a perfect world…its best to start from the ground up, if you are able. OR if there is something that has struck your fancy, whether it be a wallpaper, a lamp, a decorative object, a pillow, often times those things can inspire an entire room to come together.

So in my case, since the wallpaper that once inspired me to do this room soup to nuts did not work out….I am starting with the carpet. After a battle of wood floors vs. carpet alas my husband finally gets that carpeting feels sooooo good and toasty on our feet especially in the dead of winter. So we have finally decided to go for it. Its now narrowed down to two wonderful choices (below). I have also included a snippet of the magnificent monogrammed bedding my mom gave us for a housewarming gift, cannot wait to put it on! And then what follows are some beautiful bedroom inspirations for my bedroom. Tonal, soft, tranquil, serene, cloud like are words that? shape my vision. Ready? Let s go!

The carpet…here are the two front runners and a snippet of the gorgeous gray blue monogrammed bedding (on ivory)…….

?This is with the blue background…..

?And this one with the ivory background…..

? So its between the two with the blues……….would love to know your pick!

Have had these lamps in my vision for ages…………and they will become mine!!!!!!

A touch of blue and white in a bedroom…heck yes!

And here are some images that have been in my dream bedroom file for a while for one reason or another…..

These are “my colors” love the monogram, elegant retrained canopy, the overall feeling is just right!

Love the tonal feel, so soothing and of course LOVE the monogram! Check out the beautiful shirring detail on the top, Phoebe Howard?
Not my colors but do love this bed canopy, not too “frou frou” so my husband can still feel like a man in his own bedroom….lol
Love the idea of two chairs and an ottoman in front of the fireplace….sooo cozy! Brunschwig and Fils

?Love the softest hint of color here and the creamy white, has such an ethereal effect! Belclaire House

?This room looks so inviting, love the plumpness of the bedding, the fireplace and the pretty chair and ottoman, and is that a blue and white vase I spy! Jean Randazzo

?Is this not saying just jump in now and don’t leave!! This could be a hard bed to leave in the morning:)

Do love a bench and the soft draping, beautiful warm colors make this so inviting and elegant, Eubanks

I would feel like a princess! P.Howard
Love the softness, all the light and airiness……BHG

Talk about elegance meets cozy….I could sit there and read for hours and hours!

This is the very picture of soft, serene and spectacular, love the scalloped detail on the window treatment

Of course love the monogram and interesting headboard, Good Life of Design

A classic, soft and feminine, beautiful bench, love the carpet, Cathy Kincaid

One of my faves, love the bed the scale, colors and window treatment, Traditional Home
A beautiful room. Period. Kelly Proxmire

Soft and elegant, love the pale blues, the drapes and how inviting this feels. Kelly Proxmire

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Do you see a common theme? Light? Check. Pale blue? Check. Soft and serene? Check. Billowy light flowy fabrics? Check. Mushy gushy bedding that you can literally sink into? Check check!

Gorgeous soft lighting? Check. Though these are each different, they all have a certain dreamlike/cocoon- ish quality to them. That is very important to how I want my bedroom to feel. I am getting excited about getting this off the ground, now that some of the elements are coming into place. Once I decide on the carpet, (want to order it by this weekend)…..I will be well on my way! Here’s a little mood board I made to give the overall vibe of the room still a work in progress you gives you an idea………so tell me whats important to you in a master bedroom??

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Thanks for stopping by! More to come on this subject. Much more:) Have a wonderful Friday.


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Weekend musings and a giveaway!

Hi there. So how are you are things going in your world? Are you busy yet with the holiday rush? I have to say its really starting to “hit me” and that’s not a bad thing  just the reality and a reminder that its high time to get my gift buying done and wrap up my holiday decorating (which I am well under way with but its a work in progress).  I have been very busy but staying afloat though some days I really feel like I am gasping for air to just manage getting through the day and accomplishing all I set out to do! Lately I have really been burning the midnight oil…….lots to cover here, be back late Monday!


One very exciting thing happening at my house besides the holiday decor getting completed is that our patios/outside masonry work is well underway. Very very happy with how its coming along, so here’s a peek of things in progress, very exciting!

 Everything looks prettier on a misty foggy morning, don’t you think?

Lot’s more to come…its still very much a work in progress but getting there!



Sofinally ordering the window treatment for my husbands bath. He has been beyond patient with my ADD, “delay” in getting this done. So here’s the deal, I ordered a beautiful linen blend to do a tailored roman shade, (off white and neutral) and here’s my choice in tapes. This is narrowed down to four, all which go beautifully with the floor. Here’s where you come in,  I  would love your input, which do you like best for his bathroom? Love to hear your opinions!!

Here is the window for the tailored roman shade with a three sided tape……


I would love to invite my readers and fellow bloggers to submit a picture or two of your holiday decor. Please email me with your pictures of your holiday decor!  I LOVE seeing whats going on in your homes and plan to do a post featuring my readers holiday homes around Dec. 20th. So please send in your pictures, up until Dec. 18th, cannot wait to see what you come up with! Here’s a few beautiful pictures from a dear friends home……..so come on now it’s your turn! Email me your pictures to theenchantedhome@gmail.com

Very pretty!



I think I might have to join Christmas decorators anonymous….I am on a kick now and its unstoppable. I am finally getting into the holiday decorating spirit and my approach this year is doing a little bit every day. You have to understand doing this first week of Dec is VERY early for me…..  according to  my calendar I am waaaay ahead of the curve ball people! Here’s a few snaps of the latest, I am going to do a whole post on it next week sometime. (taken with my iPhone so don’t judge)
 

OK I admit it, I am not a huge red person…..had to switch the bow (put the red plaid in the kitchen for now) I love this mossy green, one of my favorite colors and green and brown go together like caramel and chocolate……….

This is my “blingy” vignette….and I love the way it looks at night….all sparkly and festive

This green bow is just more “me”…..but I do think the red is very pretty, don’t get me wrong!

Yes, I am enjoying the process…now its time to get busy and concentrate on my tree!

Movies…Oh how I love a good movie. And just as I was saying how longs its been since I have seen anything really exceptional…along comes Anna Karenina. Boy, was it AMAZING. I loved it, wanted to jump in and be part of it and never leave (always say I was born in the wrong era) I just didn’t want it to end and just as it was ending, I was reminded that it was 2012, the land of big malls, soccermoms in velour sweatsuits, warehouse shopping, everyone with a techy gadget glued to their ear, it was like waking up from a beautiful dream that you don’t want to end. So yes I recommend it highly especially if you love period films like I do…….

Here’s the trailer…..




And another movie that looks really really good is the theatrical remake of the classic, The Great Gatsby. Leo looks perfect as a modern day Jay, check out the trailer…..love me a good movie season!



Store biz
……monogrammed everything is a super popular item right now, great holiday gifts and ultra fast turnaround. They make really fabulous gifts….I mean seriously who doesn’t  love to get something personalized!



Here’s a few new napkin ring styles….how cute are these? I think they make a great gift and several people have decided to start a tradition of giving one or two to their someone special and adding on at various holidays, love that idea!! These are under new arrivals in online store.

 Bear and beehive
Two cats playing over a plate of fish

 Little terrier on a park bench
Adorable golden and duck on a see saw
 Dachshund giving baby dachshund a piggy back ride

 Bear cub pulling cart


Got some new French tea/bar towels in, great styles, great holiday gifts. With a bottle of wine, what could be greater!  (These are all made in France) Under new arrivals in the online store.



And here are some GORGEOUS new porcelain pieces I got in…….

And you know the wonderful soap/candy dishes, well imagine my delight over finally getting it in blue and white, plus some other beautiful new patterns……..I think this given with a beautiful box of soaps or box of candy would make a wonderful gift, and in fact I will be giving it myself to a few.

And this was one of my favorite tureens of all time, it was discontinued but I just found one piece. A few had inquired about it but there weren’t anymore…so this was a nice surprise! It is stunning and up for grabs…contact me if you are interested! (Measures 13 x 11 x 10)

If you want to visit my online store…click on storefront!

 Oh and the giveaway! Oh yes…lets not forget. OK…..in light of the gift giving season, I am going to do a giveaway a week until Christmas!  I am giving away one box of monogrammed soaps customized to the lucky winner and one of my French bar towels to another lucky winner. Hey, a great and free way to score a Christmas gift on your list or let’s face it…and be real here, an early Christmas gift to yourself….please indulge me and tell you were thinking the same:)

To enter, just visit my online store, click here come back here and tell me something that could make its way to your Christmas list and that’s it! I will announce a winner Monday morning. Remember anonymous and those who post with just a first name, I need a first name AND a last name initial. Only those who leave a comment here will be eligible. (sorry but I get a lot of emails from readers but it is too hard to keep track ). You DO NOT need a blogger or gmail account to leave a comment. Drop down the menu once you click on “kindly leave your comment here” and you can just fill in your first name and last name initial. Easy peasy!

Enjoy your day, thanks for stopping in and pace yourself during this crazy (but magical) time! Ho ho ho……….

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Weekend musings and a giveaway!

Hi there. So how are you are things going in your world? Are you busy yet with the holiday rush? I have to say its really starting to “hit me” and that’s not a bad thing? just the reality and a reminder that its high time to get my gift buying done and wrap up my holiday decorating (which I am well under way with but its a work in progress).? I have been very busy but staying afloat though some days I really feel like I am gasping for air to just manage getting through the day and accomplishing all I set out to do! Lately I have really been burning the midnight oil…….lots to cover here, be back late Monday!


One very exciting thing happening at my house besides the holiday decor getting completed is that our patios/outside masonry work is well underway. Very very happy with how its coming along, so here’s a peek of things in progress, very exciting!

?Everything looks prettier on a misty foggy morning, don’t you think?

Lot’s more to come…its still very much a work in progress but getting there!



Sofinally ordering the window treatment for my husbands bath. He has been beyond patient with my ADD, “delay” in getting this done. So here’s the deal, I ordered a beautiful linen blend to do a tailored roman shade, (off white and neutral) and here’s my choice in tapes. This is narrowed down to four, all which go beautifully with the floor. Here’s where you come in,? I? would love your input, which do you like best for his bathroom? Love to hear your opinions!!

Here is the window for the tailored roman shade with a three sided tape……


I would love to invite my readers and fellow bloggers to submit a picture or two of your holiday decor. Please email me with your pictures of your holiday decor!? I LOVE seeing whats going on in your homes and plan to do a post featuring my readers holiday homes around Dec. 20th. So please send in your pictures, up until Dec. 18th, cannot wait to see what you come up with! Here’s a few beautiful pictures from a dear friends home……..so come on now it’s your turn! Email me your pictures to theenchantedhome@gmail.com

Very pretty!



I think I might have to join Christmas decorators anonymous….I am on a kick now and its unstoppable. I am finally getting into the holiday decorating spirit and my approach this year is doing a little bit every day. You have to understand doing this first week of Dec is VERY early for me…..? according to? my calendar I am waaaay ahead of the curve ball people! Here’s a few snaps of the latest, I am going to do a whole post on it next week sometime. (taken with my iPhone so don’t judge)
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OK I admit it, I am not a huge red person…..had to switch the bow (put the red plaid in the kitchen for now) I love this mossy green, one of my favorite colors and green and brown go together like caramel and chocolate……….

This is my “blingy” vignette….and I love the way it looks at night….all sparkly and festive

This green bow is just more “me”…..but I do think the red is very pretty, don’t get me wrong!

Yes, I am enjoying the process…now its time to get busy and concentrate on my tree!

Movies…Oh how I love a good movie. And just as I was saying how longs its been since I have seen anything really exceptional…along comes Anna Karenina. Boy, was it AMAZING. I loved it, wanted to jump in and be part of it and never leave (always say I was born in the wrong era) I just didn’t want it to end and just as it was ending, I was reminded that it was 2012, the land of big malls, soccermoms in velour sweatsuits, warehouse shopping, everyone with a techy gadget glued to their ear, it was like waking up from a beautiful dream that you don’t want to end. So yes I recommend it highly especially if you love period films like I do…….

Here’s the trailer…..




And another movie that looks really really good is the theatrical remake of the classic, The Great Gatsby. Leo looks perfect as a modern day Jay, check out the trailer…..love me a good movie season!



Store biz
……monogrammed everything is a super popular item right now, great holiday gifts and ultra fast turnaround. They make really fabulous gifts….I mean seriously who doesn’t? love to get something personalized!



Here’s a few new napkin ring styles….how cute are these? I think they make a great gift and several people have decided to start a tradition of giving one or two to their someone special and adding on at various holidays, love that idea!! These are under new arrivals in online store.

?Bear and beehive
Two cats playing over a plate of fish

?Little terrier on a park bench
Adorable golden and duck on a see saw
?Dachshund giving baby dachshund a piggy back ride

?Bear cub pulling cart


Got some new French tea/bar towels in, great styles, great holiday gifts. With a bottle of wine, what could be greater!? (These are all made in France) Under new arrivals in the online store.



And here are some GORGEOUS new porcelain pieces I got in…….

And you know the wonderful soap/candy dishes, well imagine my delight over finally getting it in blue and white, plus some other beautiful new patterns……..I think this given with a beautiful box of soaps or box of candy would make a wonderful gift, and in fact I will be giving it myself to a few.

And this was one of my favorite tureens of all time, it was discontinued but I just found one piece. A few had inquired about it but there weren’t anymore…so this was a nice surprise! It is stunning and up for grabs…contact me if you are interested! (Measures 13 x 11 x 10)

If you want to visit my online store…click on storefront!

?Oh and the giveaway! Oh yes…lets not forget. OK…..in light of the gift giving season, I am going to do a giveaway a week until Christmas!? I am giving away one box of monogrammed soaps customized to the lucky winner and one of my French bar towels to another lucky winner. Hey, a great and free way to score a Christmas gift on your list or let’s face it…and be real here, an early Christmas gift to yourself….please indulge me and tell you were thinking the same:)

To enter, just visit my online store, click here,? come back here and tell me something that could make its way to your Christmas list and that’s it! I will announce a winner Monday morning. Remember anonymous and those who post with just a first name, I need a first name AND a last name initial. Only those who leave a comment here will be eligible. (sorry but I get a lot of emails from readers but it is too hard to keep track ). You DO NOT need a blogger or gmail account to leave a comment. Drop down the menu once you click on “kindly leave your comment here” and you can just fill in your first name and last name initial. Easy peasy!

Enjoy your day, thanks for stopping in and pace yourself during this crazy (but magical) time! Ho ho ho……….

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Late week musings and a monogram giveaway!!

Hi there! Hope you are having a great week. Hard to believe summer has closed its doors and its already back to school. Sure hope you had a chance to check out the amazing guest post Michele of Hello Lovely did on me yesterday, ?if not click here to visit…it was wonderful! I also have a fun monogram giveaway to announce (details on the bottom of this post).



?By the time you are reading this I will be in Brimfield for the antique show, hopefully busy scoring some fabulous finds! Its been a busy week with the start of school but I was determined to make it there. I will report back on the weekend. So as with all my random musings post, this one features a little of this and a little of that. Lets get started……..







This picture reminds me of why Fall is my favorite season……….glorious!

?Got the back powder room wallpaper done and I love it. I am now looking for the perfect mirror and?basically?will be done at that point..woo?hoo! ?Here it is…….
But first Teddy my trusty assistant as Michele of Hello Lovely has pegged him, slacking on the job…….
So happy I went with my first choice, its fresh and clean and crisp and not too formal. ? Here it is…….

I was experimenting as I like to do with one gingham shade and one plain…..(just in case you were wondering) ??Now have to find the perfect mirror…..until then, vanity be damned!




I really like my statuary line and have several of their pieces in my home. I just added this piece to my island and filled it with pears….isn’t it pretty!

Also took the large trivet (in my online shop) and made up a cheese and cracker tray, my phone died as I was in the process but it looked great, filled with fresh figs and olive oil and breadsticks, a few cheeses, a small tray of olives and flatbread, made such a pretty presentation…….

Shop?news……The Staffordshire dog lamps are up in my store, in two colors, already quite a popular item! So excited to have finally added ?my new category “monogram mania” ?to my online shop. It features all kinds of wonderful monogrammed goodies, all super well priced, discounted approx. 15% from retail with a super fast turnaround time ( as in 3 days they are on their way to you). Perfect gift! Click here to visit my shop.

Can I just say how madly in love with this that I am. I mean seriously swoon worthy right? Not exactly masculine I know I know and living with a family of 4 boys (husband included as one of them) this is a bit too frou frou for them, but man its pretty! A great way to channel your inner Marie Antoinette! If you want it, its for sale over at Tara Shaw Antiques.
Remember the hardware dilemma for my island and how I am considering changing it to an ant.brass? Well I am definite on it but figured as long as I am committed to it, let me be sure that I get exactly what I want so ordered another round of contenders and here’s a sneak peek. You know I will share when I decide on which wins…..

I will use a pair of these for towels to hang on the island

The island with the bin cup pull I am nearly certain I am using…

Always like to throw in a little food something…..because of course I love food, good food that is. I love cooking, preparing and of course the best part……. eating! ?This is a winner and sooo easy!! It is ?super satisfying and great for no guilt eating, it is a salad afterall but chock full of all the “good stuff”.

?Tex Mex Salad
Serves 4-6 (main dish)
Serves 6-8 (side dish)

Ingredients:
2 heads romaine lettuce
2 avocados (chopped)
1 cup frozen corn (defrosted) or fresh (if it’s in season)
1 can black beans (drained and rinsed)
1/2 red onion, diced
1/2 red bell pepper, diced
1 Tablespoon white?balsamic?vinegar
1/2 cup sour cream or reduced fat sour cream
1/2 cup salsa
2 teaspoons chile powder
1 teaspoon cumin
1/2 cup shredded Mexican cheese blend, plus more for garnish (you can use more if you are like me and LOVE cheese)
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped plus more for garnish
Salt and pepper, to taste
2 limes
Tortilla Chips ( I bought the tortilla strips in a bag if you can find them)
Directions:
Make black bean and corn relish. ?Combine black beans, corn, red onion and red bell pepper. ?Pour over white?balsamic?vinegar (or other light vinegar), squeeze the juice of 1/2 of a lime, season with salt and pepper and allow to sit for a half an hour or up to one day.
For the salad dressing. ?Combine sour cream, salsa, the juice of half a lime, chile powder, cumin and salt and pepper. ?Stir to combine. ?Every salsa is a little different so you may need to add more salsa or add more sour cream to reach the desired consistency for your dressing. ?Taste it to see if you would like to add any more of the seasonings as well.
For the main salad. ?Chop up romaine lettuce. ?Add avocado, black bean and corn relish, cheese and cilantro. ?Pour over dressing and toss to combine. ?Garnish the top with more shredded cheese and a bunch of cilantro. ?Serve with cut up slices of lime and tortilla chips.
If you would like to serve this as a main course, I would suggest adding some grilled shrimp, chicken or ?sliced flank steak.?
Have you seen Ralphs latest collection? Yes, that Ralph as in Ralph Lauren…you don’t know we are on a first name basis? 🙂 What can’t he do? Every one of his collections is just so spectacular! DROOLWORTHY. ?These images tell me one thing….take me there NOW!

?Finally?the giveaway! To?celebrate the Monogram mania intro to my online shop, I am offering one lucky winner a box of 6 monogrammed soaps customized to their specifications. All you need to do is go to my site, check out my newest additions in the Monogram mania section and come back here and tell me a fave. That’s it. I will announce a winner on Sunday. Click here to visit.
So that’s about it for today. Wishing you a wonderful day. Be back over the weekend to announce a winner!! Remember, if you are anonymous, I have no way of knowing who you are, unless you use your first name and first letter of your last name in the body of the comment. Ditto for those of who you who just use your first name, please in the comment be sure to put your last name initial, as there are often duplicate names. Thanks for stopping by…….



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Late week musings and a monogram giveaway!!

Hi there! Hope you are having a great week. Hard to believe summer has closed its doors and its already back to school. Sure hope you had a chance to check out the amazing guest post Michele of Hello Lovely did on me yesterday,  if not click here to visit…it was wonderful! I also have a fun monogram giveaway to announce (details on the bottom of this post).
 By the time you are reading this I will be in Brimfield for the antique show, hopefully busy scoring some fabulous finds! Its been a busy week with the start of school but I was determined to make it there. I will report back on the weekend. So as with all my random musings post, this one features a little of this and a little of that. Lets get started……..
This picture reminds me of why Fall is my favorite season……….glorious!

 Got the back powder room wallpaper done and I love it. I am now looking for the perfect mirror and basically will be done at that point..woo hoo!  Here it is…….
But first Teddy my trusty assistant as Michele of Hello Lovely has pegged him, slacking on the job…….
So happy I went with my first choice, its fresh and clean and crisp and not too formal.   Here it is…….

I was experimenting as I like to do with one gingham shade and one plain…..(just in case you were wondering)   Now have to find the perfect mirror…..until then, vanity be damned!

I really like my statuary line and have several of their pieces in my home. I just added this piece to my island and filled it with pears….isn’t it pretty!

Also took the large trivet (in my online shop) and made up a cheese and cracker tray, my phone died as I was in the process but it looked great, filled with fresh figs and olive oil and breadsticks, a few cheeses, a small tray of olives and flatbread, made such a pretty presentation…….

Shop news……The Staffordshire dog lamps are up in my store, in two colors, already quite a popular item! So excited to have finally added  my new category “monogram mania”  to my online shop. It features all kinds of wonderful monogrammed goodies, all super well priced, discounted approx. 15% from retail with a super fast turnaround time ( as in 3 days they are on their way to you). Perfect gift! Click here to visit my shop.

Can I just say how madly in love with this that I am. I mean seriously swoon worthy right? Not exactly masculine I know I know and living with a family of 4 boys (husband included as one of them) this is a bit too frou frou for them, but man its pretty! A great way to channel your inner Marie Antoinette! If you want it, its for sale over at Tara Shaw Antiques.
Remember the hardware dilemma for my island and how I am considering changing it to an ant.brass? Well I am definite on it but figured as long as I am committed to it, let me be sure that I get exactly what I want so ordered another round of contenders and here’s a sneak peek. You know I will share when I decide on which wins…..

I will use a pair of these for towels to hang on the island

The island with the bin cup pull I am nearly certain I am using…

Always like to throw in a little food something…..because of course I love food, good food that is. I love cooking, preparing and of course the best part……. eating!  This is a winner and sooo easy!! It is  super satisfying and great for no guilt eating, it is a salad afterall but chock full of all the “good stuff”.

 Tex Mex Salad
Serves 4-6 (main dish)
Serves 6-8 (side dish)

Ingredients:
2 heads romaine lettuce
2 avocados (chopped)
1 cup frozen corn (defrosted) or fresh (if it’s in season)
1 can black beans (drained and rinsed)
1/2 red onion, diced
1/2 red bell pepper, diced
1 Tablespoon white balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup sour cream or reduced fat sour cream
1/2 cup salsa
2 teaspoons chile powder
1 teaspoon cumin
1/2 cup shredded Mexican cheese blend, plus more for garnish (you can use more if you are like me and LOVE cheese)
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped plus more for garnish
Salt and pepper, to taste
2 limes
Tortilla Chips ( I bought the tortilla strips in a bag if you can find them)
Directions:
Make black bean and corn relish.  Combine black beans, corn, red onion and red bell pepper.  Pour over white balsamic vinegar (or other light vinegar), squeeze the juice of 1/2 of a lime, season with salt and pepper and allow to sit for a half an hour or up to one day.
For the salad dressing.  Combine sour cream, salsa, the juice of half a lime, chile powder, cumin and salt and pepper.  Stir to combine.  Every salsa is a little different so you may need to add more salsa or add more sour cream to reach the desired consistency for your dressing.  Taste it to see if you would like to add any more of the seasonings as well.
For the main salad.  Chop up romaine lettuce.  Add avocado, black bean and corn relish, cheese and cilantro.  Pour over dressing and toss to combine.  Garnish the top with more shredded cheese and a bunch of cilantro.  Serve with cut up slices of lime and tortilla chips.
If you would like to serve this as a main course, I would suggest adding some grilled shrimp, chicken or  sliced flank steak. 
Have you seen Ralphs latest collection? Yes, that Ralph as in Ralph Lauren…you don’t know we are on a first name basis? 🙂 What can’t he do? Every one of his collections is just so spectacular! DROOLWORTHY.  These images tell me one thing….take me there NOW!

 Finally the giveaway! To celebrate the Monogram mania intro to my online shop, I am offering one lucky winner a box of 6 monogrammed soaps customized to their specifications. All you need to do is go to my site, check out my newest additions in the Monogram mania section and come back here and tell me a fave. That’s it. I will announce a winner on Sunday. Click here to visit.
So that’s about it for today. Wishing you a wonderful day. Be back over the weekend to announce a winner!! Remember, if you are anonymous, I have no way of knowing who you are, unless you use your first name and first letter of your last name in the body of the comment. Ditto for those of who you who just use your first name, please in the comment be sure to put your last name initial, as there are often duplicate names. Thanks for stopping by…….

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