2 year anniversary, mid week musings and a giveaway!

Forewarning…this is one of those looong posts worked on over several days that kept getting added onto. Grab another cup of whatever you are drinking! Hey its New Year’s day…a day to relax.



Wow! I can’t believe it, I almost forgot about the fact that today marks my 2 year anniversary!!!! Seriously?? How did that happen and so fast! I have had such fun riding in the fast lane, time literally just slipped away from me! Have to thank each and every reader, you make what I do possible and oh so worth it, you have warranted all my musings and encouraged me with your interest so THANK YOU!!!! Of course this milestone calls for a celebration…….a giveaway, and not one but two. So all details on bottom of my random musings post. The best is yet to come…….

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First off, officially wishing each and every one of you a very happy, joyous and healthy 2013! Crazy that 2012 is now a thing of the past and it’s onto a new year! Wasn’t quite the holiday we envisioned (Christmas day was wonderful but the rest went downhill fast). My poor husband was diagnosed with pneumonia and has been quiet sick. Thankfully as the antibiotics are kicking in, he is feeling a little better but with our frigid weather and his weak state…..he had to stay home. So nurse Tina “extended her contract”? on a day to day basis and is back on the 24/7 shift. Yes, I was very disappointed but of course his health comes first….

The upside is that the surplus of time allowed me to truly rest, catch up on things around the house, mail and unanswered emails, even unpacked a few boxes! And lets not even talk about the unrelenting movie marathon I have been on, for starters saw It’s Complicated (again) Last Holiday again) The English Patient (again), The Horse Whisperer (again),? The Great Gatsby (again), As good as it gets (again), Sense and Sensibility (again)…seeing a theme here? Yes some movies never get old! Did see The Proposition, which was good too (and I was fainting over the house)! I really liked it though, house aside. Oh and the autobiography on Queen Noor (fascinating)!

I have some fun things in store for the new year, which I will talk about soon. In the meantime….here whats new in my world……

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You know I love to cook! I tried this pasta and it is SO good! You know I love to share when I discover a great new recipe, not only is this easy but its so fresh and fulfilling without feeling too heavy. A light lemony pasta. The next is an easy appetizer with blackberries, this again is easy but so pretty, festive? and very delicious! So I have included the recipes since often you want to know. Both get my stamp of approval!

LEMON SPAGHETTI
? cup olive oil
? cup grated Parmesan cheese
? cup fresh lemon juice (from about 2 lemons)
? teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
? teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more to taste
1 pound spaghetti
? cup chopped fresh basil
1 tablespoon lemon zest (from about 2 lemons)

instructions

Lemon Spaghetti
In a large bowl, whisk the oil, Parmesan cheese, lemon juice and ? teaspoon of salt and ? teaspoon of pepper to blend. Set the lemon sauce aside. (The sauce can be made up to 8 hours ahead. Cover and refrigerate. Bring to room temperature before using).

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the spaghetti and cook until tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, about 8 minutes. Drain, reserving 1 cup of the cooking liquid. Add the spaghetti to the lemon sauce, and toss with the basil and lemon zest. Toss the pasta with enough reserved cooking liquid, 1/4 cup at a time, to moisten. Season the pasta with more salt and pepper to taste. Transfer to bowls and serve.

And how pretty are these! I would have made these for a New Years eve soiree if I was having one…….(saw this on my buddy, Desirees blog) which led me to the wonderful Yummy Mummy’s blog!


Blackberry Goat Cheese Crackers

makes about 15

1/2 cup silver or gold sanding sugar (I used a combination of sanding sugar and shimmer dust)
2 cups fresh blackberries, divided
juice of 1/2 lemon
2 tablespoons agave syrup
5 oz. goat cheese at room temperature
1 package favorite crackers (I used gluten free rice crackers from Trader Joe’s)
1 small bunch fresh mint for garnish (optional)

Make the Main Course Italian!


Place sanding sugar in a small bowl. Add 15 blackberries (or however many crackers you are making) to the bowl, using a spoon to turn to coat. If sugar is not sticking, toss a few drops of water onto the blackberries and try again.

In a small saucepan, simmer the remaining blackberries, lemon juice, and agave over medium heat until berries have broken down. Use a wooden spoon to break up berries and help them along. Once the berries have turned into a jam-like mixture, after cooking about 10 minutes, remove from heat. Press mixture through a fine mesh sieve into a small bowl if you do not want the seeds.

Spread a teaspoon of goat cheese onto each cracker. Top with a small dollop of blackberry sauce. Top with a single sparkling blackberry and garnish with mint.

*time saver: berries can be sugared 2 hours in advance. Do not assemble the whole thing until 20 minutes of less before serving if using rice crackers, as they tend to absorb moisture and become soft.

And finally for anyone who has been to heavenly Napa Valley and had the good fortune to eat at Bistro Jeanty, no doubt you experienced the most sensational quiche you have ever eaten. By far the best quiche I have ever been willing to gain five pounds for! So I was beyond excited when I found the recipe adapted from theirs for Gourmet Magazine. I have not made it yet as I just found it but you better believe I will be attempting this very soon. In the meantime, here it is…let me know if you make it and tell me what you think! I hope its the same….because that quiche was ridiculously amazing!


Ham, Leek, and Three-Cheese Quiche
Gourmet ?|?April 2006
Adapted from Bistro Jeanty, Yountville, CA

yield: Makes 8 main-course servings
active time: 35 min
total time: 2 1/2 hr
Marsha and John Antonelli of Whittier, California, write: “We recently had lunch at Bistro Jeanty, in Yountville, California, where the ham, leek,… more ?

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Ingredients
?? ???? ?1 round of refrigerated pie dough for a 9-inch pie (from a 15-oz package; not a preshaped frozen pie shell)
?? ???? ?3/4 lb leeks (about 3 medium; white and pale green parts only)
?? ???? ?2 tablespoons unsalted butter
?? ???? ?1/4 lb thinly sliced smoked ham
?? ???? ?3 oz Gruy?re, coarsely grated (1 cup)
?? ???? ?3 oz Italian Fontina, coarsely grated (1 cup)
?? ???? ?3 oz whole-milk mozzarella, coarsely grated (1 cup)
?? ???? ?3 large eggs
?? ???? ?1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
?? ???? ?1/4 teaspoon black pepper
?? ???? ?1 3/4 cups cr?me fra?che (from two 8-oz containers)

?? ???? ?Special equipment: a 9-inch pie plate (4-cup capacity)
print a shopping list for this recipe

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Preparation
Prebake pie dough in pie plate according to package instructions, then remove from oven and reduce temperature to 350?F.
Meanwhile, halve leeks lengthwise and cut crosswise into 1/2-inch pieces, then wash well in a bowl of cold water, agitating leeks. Lift out and drain leeks in a colander and pat dry. Melt butter in a 10-inch heavy skillet over moderately low heat and cook leeks, stirring occasionally, until very tender, 8 to 10 minutes.
Line warm pie shell with sliced ham, overlapping layers as necessary to cover bottom and side of pie shell completely. Toss cheeses together and sprinkle evenly into pie shell (do not pack cheese), then spread leeks evenly on top of cheese. Whisk together eggs, nutmeg, and pepper until combined well, then whisk in cr?me fra?che until smooth.
Carefully pour half of custard on top of pie filling, gently moving cheese with a spoon to help custard disperse evenly. Slowly add remaining custard in same manner. Cover pie loosely with foil, gently folding edges over crust (keep foil from touching top of cheese mixture) and transfer to a baking sheet.
Bake until center of filling is puffed and set (center will be slightly wobbly but not liquid), about 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 hours. Cool on a rack at least 20 to 30 minutes before serving (filling will continue to set as it cools). Serve warm or at room temperature.

?Last but not least..anyone had the good fortune of tasting anything from the famed Parisian baker Eric Kayser? His works of art are as beautiful as they are delish (trust me on this)! Even his little “signs” are edible. Oy vey.

?Humm…..wonder whats inside?

?Oh! That I think I can manage:)

Attack!

Now that I have your appetite in full gear (sorry)! lets move on to another subject….my bedroom! Admittedly this has been a room I have thought about doing for a long time but finally am getting ready to get it done.? I have always had a vision in my mind of a soft tonal room, in ivory with touches of a pale blue. Very subtle, serene inviting, elegant …a room that will envelope me and be my personal tranquil cocoon. I had started with a beautiful wallpaper as inspiration and a starting point and when I finally was ready to take the plunge, it was discontinued as a stock item and only available for custom order and it was prohibitively expensive so that was nixed. I am deciding between two carpets and am wavering. I will do an entire post on bedrooms later this week and will show you and ask for your opinions on the carpet.? This sitting room at the uber beautiful George V in Paris is another inspiration..love the feeling of this room and its one of the finest hotels we have ever been to…….

Many of you have written and asked me about my two powder room wallpapers. I did reply months ago but for those of you who have asked more recently, I finally found the information again so here it is an sorry for the delay! The first one is my formal powder room and the second one is my family powder room off the kitchen…..love love love both!
?Jester Caprice in pewter by Schumacher
Sanderson Palampore?
Have to get back to food and beverage one more time, sorry! I have discovered a new rose that I LOVE! Soooo light and perfect, its the perfect ladies rose to lunch with (works for dinner too) and you know that it has a blue and white label? earned extra brownie points for me! You must try it…sooo good! And come to think of it, this would go mighty well with the quiche:)
I think a lot of you are like me, kind of old fashioned in some ways? I do long to hang on to traditions from the past…and definitely prefer a? lot of things “the old fashioned way”. A few years ago I hot stamped every one of my holiday cards with a beautiful wax seal embossed with my last name initial. I decided to order some more and had to share with you the info on them on the most wonderful company, their website even includes tutorials. A custom stamper can be had for 35.00 with your three initial monogram! What a great gift…and talk about adding a serious dose of elegance to any kind of correspondence…love love love it! Visit Nostalgic Impressions here!


Even though the holidays are making a quick exit, I still want to give these luminaries a shot. Are these not insanely beautiful!! My friend, Phyllis from Henhurst Interiors made these and these are featured in her own Christmas post. Talk about impressive and beautiful……absolutely love this idea!! Click here to see more…..

Here are my new sconces that got put up in the family room. LOVE them, they are black tole. It is hard to see their scale but they are quite large so very impactful. About 24″ tall….they add so much to the room.

?A couple of newer vignettes from the holidays (that aren’t? going anywhere so fast) Yep Christmas lasts here just a little longer than most, it’s all about keeping the spirit and magic alive, baby. actually its all about being too lazy to lug all the big boxes and storage containers to and from the attic.

?I really love the way red pops against the blue and white……its a keeper!

?Giant pinecones are so great for decorating for the holidays, I got a big batch of them and had such fun!

?Took this a week or two ago, though it was so pretty, though the grainy quality doesn’t do it justice. Back door, new lattice planters, they are HUGE. My husband flipped when I? had them delivered, they are about 3 feet by 3 feet but with topiaries and pretty flowers will look wonderful come spring.

?I? I love having pretty pastries inside my beautiful domed cloche so was so happy when? I found these beautiful holiday ceramic cupcakes, no worries about crumbs or them getting stale…they look so festive around the holidays!

My sconces again, a better picture.

Paperwhites…my favorite holiday flower. The beautiful soft white petals, the intoxicating smell, the impact they have with their long stalks. I was late in growing them but they have really come along nicely. I love them and walking into the room smells soooo good! I loved the lighting I caught with my camera (totally by accident)!

The next few batches were planted later but will give me something pretty to look at during the doldrums? of January!

Moving onto my online shop. Doing a bit of replenishing….and plan to add some wonderful new items soon. One of my most favorite new items is this GORGEOUS with a capital G bed carona/crown! This could so easily inspire an entire room for me, and may actually do just that (my wheels are turning)! And of course as always, if you have any questions, just email me here. Lots more to come…including a wonderful truly beautiful new tole hand painted line!

?And then this absolutely gorgeous tureen, look at the beautiful metal filigree work. This looks like a precious antique but is brand new and truly spectacular…talk about adding a jewel to the table!

And this large beautifully colored ginger jar exactly reproduced from an important antique jar…..love it!

And back by popular demand, getting in a limited number of beautiful brackets/wall sconces again! These are so pretty and really unique! These will be up in the next day or two, if you have questions email me.

And the low down on the giveaway to celebrate my 2 year blogging anniversary….still can’t believe it. Does this mean I am no longer a newbie but gasp….a veteran! I never would have thought I could have so much to say, may it keep on rolling……for a long time! So here’s the scoop, I am giving away two lovely items. All I need you to do is visit my online shop, come back here and tell me which item is calling your name. Want a second chance? Comment on Facebook page, click here.? That’s it! I will announce two lucky winners on Thursday morning.

One lucky winner will win one of these gorgeous full length French aprons! A new addition to the shop in a few wonderful authentic French patterns (these are made in France).

And a second lucky winner will win a box of monogrammed soaps custom made to their specifications!


Many thanks for stopping in. I am sooooo lucky to have the most incredible readers (and ones with such divine taste to boot). Your friendship means the world and I am not “just saying that” but truly mean it. A two year anniversary is a big deal and doesn’t come along every day, and I consider it a celebration not only for me but for us...WE have gone through a lot of adventures together! But the best part you ask? That the best is yet to come. So stay tuned buckle your seat belt and prepare to go on one heck of an enchanted ride! Cheers to 2013!


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2 year anniversary, mid week musings and a giveaway!

Forewarning…this is one of those looong posts worked on over several days that kept getting added onto. Grab another cup of whatever you are drinking! Hey its New Year’s day…a day to relax.



Wow! I can’t believe it, I almost forgot about the fact that today marks my 2 year anniversary!!!! Seriously?? How did that happen and so fast! I have had such fun riding in the fast lane, time literally just slipped away from me! Have to thank each and every reader, you make what I do possible and oh so worth it, you have warranted all my musings and encouraged me with your interest so THANK YOU!!!! Of course this milestone calls for a celebration…….a giveaway, and not one but two. So all details on bottom of my random musings post. The best is yet to come…….
 

First off, officially wishing each and every one of you a very happy, joyous and healthy 2013! Crazy that 2012 is now a thing of the past and it’s onto a new year! Wasn’t quite the holiday we envisioned (Christmas day was wonderful but the rest went downhill fast). My poor husband was diagnosed with pneumonia and has been quiet sick. Thankfully as the antibiotics are kicking in, he is feeling a little better but with our frigid weather and his weak state…..he had to stay home. So nurse Tina “extended her contract”  on a day to day basis and is back on the 24/7 shift. Yes, I was very disappointed but of course his health comes first….

The upside is that the surplus of time allowed me to truly rest, catch up on things around the house, mail and unanswered emails, even unpacked a few boxes! And lets not even talk about the unrelenting movie marathon I have been on, for starters saw It’s Complicated (again) Last Holiday again) The English Patient (again), The Horse Whisperer (again),  The Great Gatsby (again), As good as it gets (again), Sense and Sensibility (again)…seeing a theme here? Yes some movies never get old! Did see The Proposition, which was good too (and I was fainting over the house)! I really liked it though, house aside. Oh and the autobiography on Queen Noor (fascinating)!

I have some fun things in store for the new year, which I will talk about soon. In the meantime….here whats new in my world……

 
 
You know I love to cook! I tried this pasta and it is SO good! You know I love to share when I discover a great new recipe, not only is this easy but its so fresh and fulfilling without feeling too heavy. A light lemony pasta. The next is an easy appetizer with blackberries, this again is easy but so pretty, festive  and very delicious! So I have included the recipes since often you want to know. Both get my stamp of approval!

LEMON SPAGHETTI
? cup olive oil
? cup grated Parmesan cheese
? cup fresh lemon juice (from about 2 lemons)
? teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
? teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more to taste
1 pound spaghetti
? cup chopped fresh basil
1 tablespoon lemon zest (from about 2 lemons)

instructions

Lemon Spaghetti
In a large bowl, whisk the oil, Parmesan cheese, lemon juice and ? teaspoon of salt and ? teaspoon of pepper to blend. Set the lemon sauce aside. (The sauce can be made up to 8 hours ahead. Cover and refrigerate. Bring to room temperature before using).

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the spaghetti and cook until tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, about 8 minutes. Drain, reserving 1 cup of the cooking liquid. Add the spaghetti to the lemon sauce, and toss with the basil and lemon zest. Toss the pasta with enough reserved cooking liquid, 1/4 cup at a time, to moisten. Season the pasta with more salt and pepper to taste. Transfer to bowls and serve.

And how pretty are these! I would have made these for a New Years eve soiree if I was having one…….(saw this on my buddy, Desirees blog) which led me to the wonderful Yummy Mummy’s blog!

Blackberry Goat Cheese Crackers

makes about 15

1/2 cup silver or gold sanding sugar (I used a combination of sanding sugar and shimmer dust)
2 cups fresh blackberries, divided
juice of 1/2 lemon
2 tablespoons agave syrup
5 oz. goat cheese at room temperature
1 package favorite crackers (I used gluten free rice crackers from Trader Joe’s)
1 small bunch fresh mint for garnish (optional)

Make the Main Course Italian!

Place sanding sugar in a small bowl. Add 15 blackberries (or however many crackers you are making) to the bowl, using a spoon to turn to coat. If sugar is not sticking, toss a few drops of water onto the blackberries and try again.

In a small saucepan, simmer the remaining blackberries, lemon juice, and agave over medium heat until berries have broken down. Use a wooden spoon to break up berries and help them along. Once the berries have turned into a jam-like mixture, after cooking about 10 minutes, remove from heat. Press mixture through a fine mesh sieve into a small bowl if you do not want the seeds.

Spread a teaspoon of goat cheese onto each cracker. Top with a small dollop of blackberry sauce. Top with a single sparkling blackberry and garnish with mint.

*time saver: berries can be sugared 2 hours in advance. Do not assemble the whole thing until 20 minutes of less before serving if using rice crackers, as they tend to absorb moisture and become soft.

And finally for anyone who has been to heavenly Napa Valley and had the good fortune to eat at Bistro Jeanty, no doubt you experienced the most sensational quiche you have ever eaten. By far the best quiche I have ever been willing to gain five pounds for! So I was beyond excited when I found the recipe adapted from theirs for Gourmet Magazine. I have not made it yet as I just found it but you better believe I will be attempting this very soon. In the meantime, here it is…let me know if you make it and tell me what you think! I hope its the same….because that quiche was ridiculously amazing!

Ham, Leek, and Three-Cheese Quiche
Gourmet  | April 2006
Adapted from Bistro Jeanty, Yountville, CA

yield: Makes 8 main-course servings
active time: 35 min
total time: 2 1/2 hr
Marsha and John Antonelli of Whittier, California, write: “We recently had lunch at Bistro Jeanty, in Yountville, California, where the ham, leek,… more ?

?
Ingredients
    ?    1 round of refrigerated pie dough for a 9-inch pie (from a 15-oz package; not a preshaped frozen pie shell)
    ?    3/4 lb leeks (about 3 medium; white and pale green parts only)
    ?    2 tablespoons unsalted butter
    ?    1/4 lb thinly sliced smoked ham
    ?    3 oz Gruy?re, coarsely grated (1 cup)
    ?    3 oz Italian Fontina, coarsely grated (1 cup)
    ?    3 oz whole-milk mozzarella, coarsely grated (1 cup)
    ?    3 large eggs
    ?    1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
    ?    1/4 teaspoon black pepper
    ?    1 3/4 cups cr?me fra?che (from two 8-oz containers)

    ?    Special equipment: a 9-inch pie plate (4-cup capacity)
print a shopping list for this recipe

?
Preparation
Prebake pie dough in pie plate according to package instructions, then remove from oven and reduce temperature to 350?F.
Meanwhile, halve leeks lengthwise and cut crosswise into 1/2-inch pieces, then wash well in a bowl of cold water, agitating leeks. Lift out and drain leeks in a colander and pat dry. Melt butter in a 10-inch heavy skillet over moderately low heat and cook leeks, stirring occasionally, until very tender, 8 to 10 minutes.
Line warm pie shell with sliced ham, overlapping layers as necessary to cover bottom and side of pie shell completely. Toss cheeses together and sprinkle evenly into pie shell (do not pack cheese), then spread leeks evenly on top of cheese. Whisk together eggs, nutmeg, and pepper until combined well, then whisk in cr?me fra?che until smooth.
Carefully pour half of custard on top of pie filling, gently moving cheese with a spoon to help custard disperse evenly. Slowly add remaining custard in same manner. Cover pie loosely with foil, gently folding edges over crust (keep foil from touching top of cheese mixture) and transfer to a baking sheet.
Bake until center of filling is puffed and set (center will be slightly wobbly but not liquid), about 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 hours. Cool on a rack at least 20 to 30 minutes before serving (filling will continue to set as it cools). Serve warm or at room temperature.

 Last but not least..anyone had the good fortune of tasting anything from the famed Parisian baker Eric Kayser? His works of art are as beautiful as they are delish (trust me on this)! Even his little “signs” are edible. Oy vey.

 Humm…..wonder whats inside?

 Oh! That I think I can manage:)

Attack!

Now that I have your appetite in full gear (sorry)! lets move on to another subject….my bedroom! Admittedly this has been a room I have thought about doing for a long time but finally am getting ready to get it done I have always had a vision in my mind of a soft tonal room, in ivory with touches of a pale blue. Very subtle, serene inviting, elegant …a room that will envelope me and be my personal tranquil cocoon. I had started with a beautiful wallpaper as inspiration and a starting point and when I finally was ready to take the plunge, it was discontinued as a stock item and only available for custom order and it was prohibitively expensive so that was nixed. I am deciding between two carpets and am wavering. I will do an entire post on bedrooms later this week and will show you and ask for your opinions on the carpet.  This sitting room at the uber beautiful George V in Paris is another inspiration..love the feeling of this room and its one of the finest hotels we have ever been to…….

Many of you have written and asked me about my two powder room wallpapers. I did reply months ago but for those of you who have asked more recently, I finally found the information again so here it is an sorry for the delay! The first one is my formal powder room and the second one is my family powder room off the kitchen…..love love love both!
 Jester Caprice in pewter by Schumacher
Sanderson Palampore 
Have to get back to food and beverage one more time, sorry! I have discovered a new rose that I LOVE! Soooo light and perfect, its the perfect ladies rose to lunch with (works for dinner too) and you know that it has a blue and white label  earned extra brownie points for me! You must try it…sooo good! And come to think of it, this would go mighty well with the quiche:)
I think a lot of you are like me, kind of old fashioned in some ways? I do long to hang on to traditions from the past…and definitely prefer a  lot of things “the old fashioned way”. A few years ago I hot stamped every one of my holiday cards with a beautiful wax seal embossed with my last name initial. I decided to order some more and had to share with you the info on them on the most wonderful company, their website even includes tutorials. A custom stamper can be had for 35.00 with your three initial monogram! What a great gift…and talk about adding a serious dose of elegance to any kind of correspondence…love love love it! Visit Nostalgic Impressions here!


Even though the holidays are making a quick exit, I still want to give these luminaries a shot. Are these not insanely beautiful!! My friend, Phyllis from Henhurst Interiors made these and these are featured in her own Christmas post. Talk about impressive and beautiful……absolutely love this idea!! Click here to see more…..

Here are my new sconces that got put up in the family room. LOVE them, they are black tole. It is hard to see their scale but they are quite large so very impactful. About 24″ tall….they add so much to the room.

 A couple of newer vignettes from the holidays (that aren’t  going anywhere so fast) Yep Christmas lasts here just a little longer than most, it’s all about keeping the spirit and magic alive, baby. actually its all about being too lazy to lug all the big boxes and storage containers to and from the attic.

 I really love the way red pops against the blue and white……its a keeper!

 Giant pinecones are so great for decorating for the holidays, I got a big batch of them and had such fun!

 Took this a week or two ago, though it was so pretty, though the grainy quality doesn’t do it justice. Back door, new lattice planters, they are HUGE. My husband flipped when I  had them delivered, they are about 3 feet by 3 feet but with topiaries and pretty flowers will look wonderful come spring.

 I  I love having pretty pastries inside my beautiful domed cloche so was so happy when  I found these beautiful holiday ceramic cupcakes, no worries about crumbs or them getting stale…they look so festive around the holidays!

My sconces again, a better picture.

Paperwhites…my favorite holiday flower. The beautiful soft white petals, the intoxicating smell, the impact they have with their long stalks. I was late in growing them but they have really come along nicely. I love them and walking into the room smells soooo good! I loved the lighting I caught with my camera (totally by accident)!

The next few batches were planted later but will give me something pretty to look at during the doldrums  of January!

Moving onto my online shop. Doing a bit of replenishing….and plan to add some wonderful new items soon. One of my most favorite new items is this GORGEOUS with a capital G bed carona/crown! This could so easily inspire an entire room for me, and may actually do just that (my wheels are turning)! And of course as always, if you have any questions, just email me here. Lots more to come…including a wonderful truly beautiful new tole hand painted line!

 And then this absolutely gorgeous tureen, look at the beautiful metal filigree work. This looks like a precious antique but is brand new and truly spectacular…talk about adding a jewel to the table!

And this large beautifully colored ginger jar exactly reproduced from an important antique jar…..love it!

And back by popular demand, getting in a limited number of beautiful brackets/wall sconces again! These are so pretty and really unique! These will be up in the next day or two, if you have questions email me.

And the low down on the giveaway to celebrate my 2 year blogging anniversary….still can’t believe it. Does this mean I am no longer a newbie but gasp….a veteran! I never would have thought I could have so much to say, may it keep on rolling……for a long time! So here’s the scoop, I am giving away two lovely items. All I need you to do is visit my online shop, come back here and tell me which item is calling your name. Want a second chance? Comment on Facebook page, click here.  That’s it! I will announce two lucky winners on Thursday morning.

One lucky winner will win one of these gorgeous full length French aprons! A new addition to the shop in a few wonderful authentic French patterns (these are made in France).

And a second lucky winner will win a box of monogrammed soaps custom made to their specifications!


Many thanks for stopping in. I am sooooo lucky to have the most incredible readers (and ones with such divine taste to boot). Your friendship means the world and I am not “just saying that” but truly mean it. A two year anniversary is a big deal and doesn’t come along every day, and I consider it a celebration not only for me but for us...WE have gone through a lot of adventures together! But the best part you ask? That the best is yet to come. So stay tuned buckle your seat belt and prepare to go on one heck of an enchanted ride! Cheers to 2013!

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Reflections of 2012…….



I am closing out 2012 with this post. Fingers crossed that my husband will be up to travel on Sunday for a few days to get away, after playing “nurse Tina” 24/7 for the last 5 days I am ready to strangle someone get away for a few days……so hopefully we will get to go and I will be back later in the week! If not you might be hearing from me again sooner than later!



Wow. Hard to believe 2012 is nearly over. Crazy, how that happens. Where on earth did time go? So many things I wanted to do. Some got done, others well….are still simmering on the front burner:) Hopefully in 2013, fingers and toes are crossed! The last five days I have been on call 24/7 for husband in bed with the flu…made the most of it, stealing an hour here and there to run out, meet a friend or do a little bargain hunting on Christmas decor for next year, saw for the umpteenth time, Last Holiday, Its Complicated and The Notebook while a box of chocolates nearby dared me to not eat it….. I lost!? I look back at my blog and see how its grown, how I have grown, reflecting fondly on all the people I have met, taking such joy out of reading over the countless emails I have received from people telling me things like “you got me excited about my house again” or “you have made me look at blue and white a whole new way and now I can’t get enough” or that they simply feel like I am their friend, and trust me, I feel like you are mine too:) The gratification blogging has brought is frankly hard to put into words, but suffice to say its a big part of my life, a big part of me and it has helped me to rediscover my passions in an unbridled and liberating way….so thank you for your support and embracing what I have to share and say!

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?I thought it would be fun to reflect on my blog this past year so I included a post from every month that had special meaning or significance or just was pretty to look at! And then I finish off this post with a few personal reflections on things I have learned and take away with me as we close out 2012. And finally I want to wish each and every one of you the best 2013 possible…may it be a year filled with good health, joy, love, laughter and many reasons to smile. We have had a great year together but the best is yet to come! So let’s walk down memory lane together shall we……….

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January...we moved, we finally did it!?

?http://enchantedhome.com/2012/01/coming-up-for-air-and-moving-update/

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February…..settling in!

http://enchantedhome.com/2012/02/dust-is-settling-and-moving-update/

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Marcha big big announcement!?

http://enchantedhome.com/2012/03/my-biggest-announcment-to-date-and/

April...a prayer for Teddy (and all your prayers worked)!


http://enchantedhome.com/2012/04/say-prayer-for-teddy/

Maysee what my dream wedding would look like


? http://enchantedhome.com/2012/06/by-invitation-onlyyou-are-invited-to-my/

Junea living room is born.



http://enchantedhome.com/2012/06/living-room-is-born/



July...movies, food and other fun topics!

?http://enchantedhome.com/2012/07/lets-talk-food-movies-and-other-odds/

Augustlove crowns and caronas!


?http://enchantedhome.com/2012/08/canopies-caronas-and-crownsoh-my/

September.Brimfield, the one and only!


?http://enchantedhome.com/2012/09/brimfield-or-bust-and-we-have-winner/

October..a perfect month to talk about my favorite season!


?http://enchantedhome.com/2012/10/by-invititaion-only-thoughts-on-october/

Novemberwho can ever forget Sandy!


?http://enchantedhome.com/2012/11/i-survived-sandy-and-i-am-back/

December.what else, Christmas!


?http://enchantedhome.com/2012/12/my-home-christmas-2012-and-giveaway/

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And a few reflections on things I have learned in 2012…….

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There is such liberation in the power of being able to “let go“. I used to think this was a silly saying/cliche? but indeed “letting go” is a real thing! Yes,? it is a lot of work to get to that point but when you realize ultimately no matter what you have planned, what you have decided will and should happen,? that it in the end what will happen…….will happen. This year has been a first for me, allowing things to happen as they are meant to happen and it has truly changed the game for me, and its very liberating! It’s a work in progress but I am moving in the right direction:)

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That there are no words to properly convey how short time is, how precious and for those of you with young families, little children… really enjoy and savor every moment. Really. I cannot tell you what I would give to click my heels and have my kids be young again……never think you are taking “too many” pictures or videos. No such thing! They will be all you have to take you back to those happy times and they will keep you smiling for years…..

?


That when you look good you feel good. So true. When you invest that extra few minutes or effort into looking good (and of course you never know who you might run into)…..there is undoubtedly that extra pep in your step, just no doubt about it!

?


That life is too short to not enjoy great food. I realized this year just how much I enjoy cooking, how excited I get over buying the freshest ingredients, how a new cookbook sends my senses into overdrive….yep I love it all. It‘s like cheap therapy!? Life is too short to not enjoy good food. Scratch that…make it great food!

?I used to,? when I was younger and inexperienced,? think olive oils were all the same, that dried basil is not so different from fresh basil, that a Parmesan in the market cannot be that much more inferior to freshly shaved Parmesan….boy, was I wrong! Go out there and buy the freshest ingredients you can, then make a meal with them and see and taste the difference!

That everyone out there and I do mean everyone is fighting some kind of battle…some smaller and some bigger. By remembering that, it allows you to “give a break to people and to be more forgiving, more tolerant, I have made a conscious effort to remind myself of this often.
That you should take every single opportunity given to travel and learn, spread your wings and absorb the knowledge out there, embrace the unknown. Any chance you are given…seize it. There is so much to discover and learn. This year I hope to practice what I preach and get out there and discover something wonderful and unexpected myself! I have a lot of living yet to do…..
That when I was younger and my parents used to tell me over and over how my handwritten letters and homemade gifts (of which there were many) were the best and most cherished of any, I never believed them. But now, I “get it”. Saying they were right is an understatement. Seeing those darling letters and perfectly imperfect gifts made by my kids (then) cute little hands are truly amongst my most cherished possessions. Save every one, just touching them allows the memories to come rushing back!
?That age is just a number, I have always thought this but now I really think it, live it and believe it. I don’t feel too old to do anything, well maybe wear velour sweat suits and UGGS,? …but I honestly feel like there’s nothing I can’t do. Health is wealth, that is for sure and it applies to your mental health as much as it does to your physical being. I want to continue to challenge myself to new things.? What will you do to challenge yourself in 2013?
So that my dear friends and readers is a recap of 2012.? Its been a great year, some highs and lows…..but I truly think the best is yet to come. For all those who check in with me every day…thank you. Thank you for your support, kind and encouraging words and sharing as you do. You make me want to get up and get busy on my blog every single day! I love the connections I get to make daily with so many from all over the world..that in itself is quite a phenomenon and a true blessing!

I wish everyone a blessed and full 2013, a year filled with great things, big achievements, personal goals, unedited laughter, too many smiles to count and above all good health. Cheers to a fabulous 2013!

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Reflections of 2012…….



I am closing out 2012 with this post. Fingers crossed that my husband will be up to travel on Sunday for a few days to get away, after playing “nurse Tina” 24/7 for the last 5 days I am ready to strangle someone get away for a few days……so hopefully we will get to go and I will be back later in the week! If not you might be hearing from me again sooner than later!



Wow. Hard to believe 2012 is nearly over. Crazy, how that happens. Where on earth did time go? So many things I wanted to do. Some got done, others well….are still simmering on the front burner:) Hopefully in 2013, fingers and toes are crossed! The last five days I have been on call 24/7 for husband in bed with the flu…made the most of it, stealing an hour here and there to run out, meet a friend or do a little bargain hunting on Christmas decor for next year, saw for the umpteenth time, Last Holiday, Its Complicated and The Notebook while a box of chocolates nearby dared me to not eat it….. I lost!  I look back at my blog and see how its grown, how I have grown, reflecting fondly on all the people I have met, taking such joy out of reading over the countless emails I have received from people telling me things like “you got me excited about my house again” or “you have made me look at blue and white a whole new way and now I can’t get enough” or that they simply feel like I am their friend, and trust me, I feel like you are mine too:) The gratification blogging has brought is frankly hard to put into words, but suffice to say its a big part of my life, a big part of me and it has helped me to rediscover my passions in an unbridled and liberating way….so thank you for your support and embracing what I have to share and say!
 
 I thought it would be fun to reflect on my blog this past year so I included a post from every month that had special meaning or significance or just was pretty to look at! And then I finish off this post with a few personal reflections on things I have learned and take away with me as we close out 2012. And finally I want to wish each and every one of you the best 2013 possible…may it be a year filled with good health, joy, love, laughter and many reasons to smile. We have had a great year together but the best is yet to come! So let’s walk down memory lane together shall we……….
 
 


January...we moved, we finally did it! 
 http://theenchantedhome.blogspot.com/2012/01/coming-up-for-air-and-moving-update.html

 
February…..settling in!
http://theenchantedhome.blogspot.com/2012/02/dust-is-settling-and-moving-update.html

 
 
Marcha big big announcement! 
http://theenchantedhome.blogspot.com/2012/03/my-biggest-announcment-to-date-and.html

April...a prayer for Teddy (and all your prayers worked)!

http://theenchantedhome.blogspot.com/2012/04/say-prayer-for-teddy.html

Maysee what my dream wedding would look like

  http://theenchantedhome.blogspot.com/2012/06/by-invitation-onlyyou-are-invited-to-my.html

Junea living room is born.

http://theenchantedhome.blogspot.com/2012/06/living-room-is-born.html


July...movies, food and other fun topics!
 http://theenchantedhome.blogspot.com/2012/07/lets-talk-food-movies-and-other-odds.html

Augustlove crowns and caronas!

 http://theenchantedhome.blogspot.com/2012/08/canopies-caronas-and-crownsoh-my.html

September.Brimfield, the one and only!

 http://theenchantedhome.blogspot.com/2012/09/brimfield-or-bust-and-we-have-winner.html

October..a perfect month to talk about my favorite season!

 http://theenchantedhome.blogspot.com/2012/10/by-invititaion-only-thoughts-on-october.html

Novemberwho can ever forget Sandy!

 http://theenchantedhome.blogspot.com/2012/11/i-survived-sandy-and-i-am-back.html

December.what else, Christmas!

 http://theenchantedhome.blogspot.com/2012/12/my-home-christmas-2012-and-giveaway.html

 
 
 
And a few reflections on things I have learned in 2012…….
 
There is such liberation in the power of being able to “let go“. I used to think this was a silly saying/cliche  but indeed “letting go” is a real thing! Yes,  it is a lot of work to get to that point but when you realize ultimately no matter what you have planned, what you have decided will and should happen,  that it in the end what will happen…….will happen. This year has been a first for me, allowing things to happen as they are meant to happen and it has truly changed the game for me, and its very liberating! It’s a work in progress but I am moving in the right direction:)

 
 
 
That there are no words to properly convey how short time is, how precious and for those of you with young families, little children… really enjoy and savor every moment. Really. I cannot tell you what I would give to click my heels and have my kids be young again……never think you are taking “too many” pictures or videos. No such thing! They will be all you have to take you back to those happy times and they will keep you smiling for years…..

 
That when you look good you feel good. So true. When you invest that extra few minutes or effort into looking good (and of course you never know who you might run into)…..there is undoubtedly that extra pep in your step, just no doubt about it!

 
That life is too short to not enjoy great food. I realized this year just how much I enjoy cooking, how excited I get over buying the freshest ingredients, how a new cookbook sends my senses into overdrive….yep I love it all. It‘s like cheap therapy!  Life is too short to not enjoy good food. Scratch that…make it great food!
 I used to,  when I was younger and inexperienced,  think olive oils were all the same, that dried basil is not so different from fresh basil, that a Parmesan in the market cannot be that much more inferior to freshly shaved Parmesan….boy, was I wrong! Go out there and buy the freshest ingredients you can, then make a meal with them and see and taste the difference!

That everyone out there and I do mean everyone is fighting some kind of battle…some smaller and some bigger. By remembering that, it allows you to “give a break to people and to be more forgiving, more tolerant, I have made a conscious effort to remind myself of this often.
That you should take every single opportunity given to travel and learn, spread your wings and absorb the knowledge out there, embrace the unknown. Any chance you are given…seize it. There is so much to discover and learn. This year I hope to practice what I preach and get out there and discover something wonderful and unexpected myself! I have a lot of living yet to do…..
That when I was younger and my parents used to tell me over and over how my handwritten letters and homemade gifts (of which there were many) were the best and most cherished of any, I never believed them. But now, I “get it”. Saying they were right is an understatement. Seeing those darling letters and perfectly imperfect gifts made by my kids (then) cute little hands are truly amongst my most cherished possessions. Save every one, just touching them allows the memories to come rushing back!
 That age is just a number, I have always thought this but now I really think it, live it and believe it. I don’t feel too old to do anything, well maybe wear velour sweat suits and UGGS,  …but I honestly feel like there’s nothing I can’t do. Health is wealth, that is for sure and it applies to your mental health as much as it does to your physical being. I want to continue to challenge myself to new things.  What will you do to challenge yourself in 2013?
So that my dear friends and readers is a recap of 2012.  Its been a great year, some highs and lows…..but I truly think the best is yet to come. For all those who check in with me every day…thank you. Thank you for your support, kind and encouraging words and sharing as you do. You make me want to get up and get busy on my blog every single day! I love the connections I get to make daily with so many from all over the world..that in itself is quite a phenomenon and a true blessing!

I wish everyone a blessed and full 2013, a year filled with great things, big achievements, personal goals, unedited laughter, too many smiles to count and above all good health. Cheers to a fabulous 2013!

 
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My home, Christmas 2012 and a giveaway!



I start by asking for everyone to take half a minute to say a prayer for all the grieving?families?of Newtown, the community and our country that is mourning the loss of those innocent lives taken much too soon. As we go through all the holiday festivities, it is important to keep them in our hearts and prayers.?


Hi, this post is all about my Christmas decor. Yes you might say my blog this week is obsessed with? Christmas decor on steroids……yep, can’t get enough, thanks to all my wonderful readers and their many contributions! ?I have to say I had a lot of ideas, some came to fruition and others were left back in my overactive imagination….like ugh, 3 trees, one in the dining room, one in the family room and one in my living room or foyer. That idea is still in the “workroom” aka my imagination zone. Next year! Ditto the boxwood garland that was going to grace all three stories of my iron stair banister and my mantles…I could so visualize it but it never happened. But its very much “there” in my mind:)??

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I inquired, hemmed and hawed and then the nursery talked me into not putting it up until a week before Christmas as to not have it dry out and leave a forest of leaves on my floor….then I started thinking so why bother, for one week? I nixed it.?


I may be on the prowl for an exceptionally high quality prelit garland that I can use year after year. I love fresh greenery like nobody’s business but doing it on that much railing will be expensive, time consuming and a pain to maintain. Any thoughts on brands or resources for that, please do pass it on! So here’s my holiday decor wrap up……pretty much done though I am a “tweaker” and am always adding little things here and there, part of the fun! Except for the many gifts I have yet to wrap and who I am kidding, basically I have to BUY almost all my gifts first?, I will then be done….woo hoo!

?

?

As many of you saw my front door wreath ,switched it to the moss green ribbon which I love so much…the earthy brown and greens are so rich and elegant….


?

And my tree!! Always a story with the tree! I bought it in the pouring rain after visiting 2 nurseries both of whom either did not have the right size or could not give me instant gratification and deliver within a few days…..finally found a nursery on my third try and pretty much bought the first 10 footer they opened up for me (mind you this in the pouring cold rain). They delivered to me that afternoon and some of the masonry guys who were working were nice enough to lug this baby inside, and set it up, (not without it toppling over once)! Thank goodness the hubs wasn’t home, he is not nearly as “good natured” as I am about such things:) Then he gets home and grunts that I put it in the wrong place…so he and my two older sons proceed OVER TWO THAT IS RIGHT TWO! HOURS (boy what I would give to have videotaped this, it would be a hit on You Tube) to slide the tree inch by inch to the foyer. I am a big girl and can admit when he is right.? So its official…he was right!

Yes, it did look better in the foyer than the living room, because we have so much glass in the living room, it was hard to find the right spot. It was a lot of work for this tree…then I kept looking at saying “ehhh, it’s not nearly big enough, not full enough….I made a hasty decision” and left a message at the nursery that I wasn’t happy with my tree:) However next morning the tree looked a little happier, the branches “dropped”, ?the sparseness of it suddenly was gone ?and indeed it looks like it grew a few inches! So….I kept the tree, and along with a guy who works for my husband, we did the lights..and all the decorations are form years past. I love cherubs, angles and musical instruments on a tree ( as you will see) and thankfully my taste has not wavered much over the years, so I still like my ornaments. I add on every year, I could use more (there are virtually none on the back of this tree…shhhhhhh) but I will buy a few more and have mossy green bows made if not for this year, definitely next! So here it is…….

My nutcracker collection on the front foyer table

All ornaments are from my previous trees…every year I buy a few more, because this tree was about 11 feet, I could not really add many to the back of the tree so looks like I need to get busy adding to my collection…..

I added sprays of evergreen and berries tied with red ribbon onto my sconces for a little holiday spirit

Console table in dining room…..
?My “bling-y” nutcracker vignette all aglow in gold and silver………….

No need for sympathy, I WILL have more presents under the tree…I promise. The “warpping elf” aka me is a wee bit ?backed up!

I placed these moss orbs in the urns and used a wreath to “frame” the base in the niches in the foyer

?

?Just added this painting (husband had bought it at auction) and this small console which is actually for another area but until then, its here!

?Love my poinsettia topiaries…so unique and so festive and elegant!
We are not sure where to put our really beautiful antique English secretary so for now put it in the dining room, I don’t think I have ever seen a secretary in a dining room but for now, this is where its going….maybe I will set a new trend:)

Added these beautiful Trowbridge prints to my powder room, they are perfect!

A beauty…LOVE this piece!

What do you think of this antique chair in the powder room? Needs to be recovered badly, the fabric is all tattered but its a pretty chair for a powder room

?My dining room centerpiece….this is a newer version of my current silver planter, this one is taller great for arrangements like this

Another of one of my best selling silver planters with poinsettias and moss…..simple and elegant

This is by my kitchen sink, I like having little Christmas reminders all through the house…….
And got a late start of my Paperwhites but alas they are starting to take off……

And finally the giveaway! As I promised I will do a giveaway every week until Christmas. This one is for this lovely porcelain and ormolu soap dish AND either a French bar towel or monogrammed guest towel (if your initial is in stock)! Consider this an early Christmas gift for YOU!

All you need to do to be eligible is visit my online shop, come back here and tell me a favorite item (or two) and you are in the running! I will announce a winner on Friday morning. Good luck:) Thanks for stopping by……enjoy your day!

Also got in four wonderful dough bowls yesterday. 2 24″ and 2 that are about 19-20″. There were so many who have inquired please just email me here if interested! They are ready to go……

All napkin ring orders (ones that are in stock), monogram items, French towel orders, porcelain, pillow and silver orders are guaranteed for Christmas arrival on all orders placed by tomorrow, Wed. Dec.19th!


Keep calm and carry on…..ho ho ho!
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My home, Christmas 2012 and a giveaway!



I start by asking for everyone to take half a minute to say a prayer for all the grieving families of Newtown, the community and our country that is mourning the loss of those innocent lives taken much too soon. As we go through all the holiday festivities, it is important to keep them in our hearts and prayers. 


Hi, this post is all about my Christmas decor. Yes you might say my blog this week is obsessed with  Christmas decor on steroids……yep, can’t get enough, thanks to all my wonderful readers and their many contributions!  I have to say I had a lot of ideas, some came to fruition and others were left back in my overactive imagination….like ugh, 3 trees, one in the dining room, one in the family room and one in my living room or foyer. That idea is still in the “workroom” aka my imagination zone. Next year! Ditto the boxwood garland that was going to grace all three stories of my iron stair banister and my mantles…I could so visualize it but it never happened. But its very much “there” in my mind:)  
 
I inquired, hemmed and hawed and then the nursery talked me into not putting it up until a week before Christmas as to not have it dry out and leave a forest of leaves on my floor….then I started thinking so why bother, for one week? I nixed it. 
I may be on the prowl for an exceptionally high quality prelit garland that I can use year after year. I love fresh greenery like nobody’s business but doing it on that much railing will be expensive, time consuming and a pain to maintain. Any thoughts on brands or resources for that, please do pass it on! So here’s my holiday decor wrap up……pretty much done though I am a “tweaker” and am always adding little things here and there, part of the fun! Except for the many gifts I have yet to wrap and who I am kidding, basically I have to BUY almost all my gifts firs, I will then be done….woo hoo!
 
 
As many of you saw my front door wreath ,switched it to the moss green ribbon which I love so much…the earthy brown and greens are so rich and elegant….

 

And my tree!! Always a story with the tree! I bought it in the pouring rain after visiting 2 nurseries both of whom either did not have the right size or could not give me instant gratification and deliver within a few days…..finally found a nursery on my third try and pretty much bought the first 10 footer they opened up for me (mind you this in the pouring cold rain). They delivered to me that afternoon and some of the masonry guys who were working were nice enough to lug this baby inside, and set it up, (not without it toppling over once)! Thank goodness the hubs wasn’t home, he is not nearly as “good natured” as I am about such things:) Then he gets home and grunts that I put it in the wrong place…so he and my two older sons proceed OVER TWO THAT IS RIGHT TWO! HOURS (boy what I would give to have videotaped this, it would be a hit on You Tube) to slide the tree inch by inch to the foyer. I am a big girl and can admit when he is right.  So its official…he was right!

Yes, it did look better in the foyer than the living room, because we have so much glass in the living room, it was hard to find the right spot. It was a lot of work for this tree…then I kept looking at saying “ehhh, it’s not nearly big enough, not full enough….I made a hasty decision” and left a message at the nursery that I wasn’t happy with my tree:) However next morning the tree looked a little happier, the branches “dropped”,  the sparseness of it suddenly was gone  and indeed it looks like it grew a few inches! So….I kept the tree, and along with a guy who works for my husband, we did the lights..and all the decorations are form years past. I love cherubs, angles and musical instruments on a tree ( as you will see) and thankfully my taste has not wavered much over the years, so I still like my ornaments. I add on every year, I could use more (there are virtually none on the back of this tree…shhhhhhh) but I will buy a few more and have mossy green bows made if not for this year, definitely next! So here it is…….

My nutcracker collection on the front foyer table

All ornaments are from my previous trees…every year I buy a few more, because this tree was about 11 feet, I could not really add many to the back of the tree so looks like I need to get busy adding to my collection…..

I added sprays of evergreen and berries tied with red ribbon onto my sconces for a little holiday spirit

Console table in dining room…..
 My “bling-y” nutcracker vignette all aglow in gold and silver………….

No need for sympathy, I WILL have more presents under the tree…I promise. The “warpping elf” aka me is a wee bit  backed up!

I placed these moss orbs in the urns and used a wreath to “frame” the base in the niches in the foyer

 

 Just added this painting (husband had bought it at auction) and this small console which is actually for another area but until then, its here!

 Love my poinsettia topiaries…so unique and so festive and elegant!
We are not sure where to put our really beautiful antique English secretary so for now put it in the dining room, I don’t think I have ever seen a secretary in a dining room but for now, this is where its going….maybe I will set a new trend:)

Added these beautiful Trowbridge prints to my powder room, they are perfect!

A beauty…LOVE this piece!

What do you think of this antique chair in the powder room? Needs to be recovered badly, the fabric is all tattered but its a pretty chair for a powder room

 My dining room centerpiece….this is a newer version of my current silver planter, this one is taller great for arrangements like this

Another of one of my best selling silver planters with poinsettias and moss…..simple and elegant

This is by my kitchen sink, I like having little Christmas reminders all through the house…….
And got a late start of my Paperwhites but alas they are starting to take off……

And finally the giveaway! As I promised I will do a giveaway every week until Christmas. This one is for this lovely porcelain and ormolu soap dish AND either a French bar towel or monogrammed guest towel (if your initial is in stock)! Consider this an early Christmas gift for YOU!

All you need to do to be eligible is visit my online shop, come back here and tell me a favorite item (or two) and you are in the running! I will announce a winner on Friday morning. Good luck:) Thanks for stopping by……enjoy your day!

Also got in four wonderful dough bowls yesterday. 2 24″ and 2 that are about 19-20″. There were so many who have inquired please just email me here if interested! They are ready to go……

All napkin ring orders (ones that are in stock), monogram items, French towel orders, porcelain, pillow and silver orders are guaranteed for Christmas arrival on all orders placed by tomorrow, Wed. Dec.19th!


Keep calm and carry on…..ho ho ho!
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