Mid week musings……..

?Good morning to you. Well first things first….very happy to announce a lucky winner of the pair of blue and white plates. Congratulations goes to…..

Result:? 33?? Scribbler July 11, 2013 at 10:21 AM?

All your things are beautiful so it would be hard to choose a favorite! I would have to say for RIGHT NOW that I would love the bathroom set because I am getting ready to redo one of my baths. The plates are just really gorgeous too.

As with all my random musings post…this one is a bit of this and a bit of that. I loved hearing your take on the white dresses yesterday. Many of you loved my personal fave too, #3 though for the event tomorrow night its way too dressy, it is the kind of dress I would love to own and have in my closet, it feels like a throwback to elegant timeless Audrey Hepburn but there were so many I loved. If you missed the post click here, and weigh in on your favorite. Let’s get started, shall we?


Very picture heavy….don’t say I didn’t warn you!

One Kings Lane. Admittedly I have grown a little skeptical of this site. I used to love it but my last three orders either came in damaged or were of inferior quality…so that was a huge disappointment. One was pillows that were so cheaply made I ended up giving them away, two broken ice buckets and dishes that came in that looked beautiful online but were really horrible in person. So though I still like to occasionally look I am have been leary about ordering any more. However I would have soooooo made an exception for both of these items…….both sold out!!!! The chairs I was devastated over…they are sooo beautiful, they belong here!!! Come to mama…….

I was however on a small scale able to score at least something, got? these lovely French bath products…I am sucker for fine soaps and anything with lavender.

Always keep these types of things on hand as last minute gifts…they are perfect!

Pillows……again! So this time around I am stressing and mulling over choices for my back patio. The Chiang Mai look gorgeous back there, I must say. Wrong size, I need bigger (but you get the idea)….however have found these, also Schumacher which have a similar feel but are still different (awaiting swatches to seal the deal).? Thoughts and opinions? Such a hard choice…..really love them all!

I like the idea of using these with one of the geometrics above

Or I can stay with what I have
And I have ordered lumbars in navy with ivory monogram to use on the club chairs….

A good cookbook. You know me and my books. I just can’t seem to stop buying them. Just ordered Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking. I had given this to a friend who loves to cook for her birthday? and when she started telling me about all the delectable recipes she has tried from the book and told me it’s now one of her favorite books (a big compliment because this girl is a serious cook) I knew I had to get one of my own….all in the name of keeping my southern heritage alive of course (and those taste buds on high alert)! Click here to see it on Amazon.

A wonderful cause. A reader of mine (who I will be? meeting in Charlottesville) sent me information on a grassroots group, Lifenotes Music For Children, that? she is involved in and asked for my support. It is a child safety program and I am always eager to help even in a very small way when it comes to anything with kids. Recognizing that kids are auditory learners and love music, this teaches them safety, healthy and character through music…..love the concept.

?I was happy to do it and thought it was worth sharing in case you too feel inclined to help out. There is no such thing as a donation too small and literally every dollar is so appreciated. Click here for more information.

More Hamptons bliss. I don’t know about you, but I never ever tire of seeing the beautiful Hamptons. Hopefully you agree because here are some wonderful highlights from recent trips out that way (that I forgot were on my computer)!

?Super charming Sag Harbor, if you ever get the chance….go!

?These dudes have a rough life……

?This set the tone for our lunch with a front row seat of the yachts (my friends idea to place the glass here and she’s onto something:)

?We had fun watching the crews lug things from oodles of flowers to fresh produce onto the yachts

?Doesn’t this look wonderfully old fashioned down to the vintage car?

?And this my friends,? is the famous American Hotel, a famous small town hotel where legions of famous faces and minds have visited

?The newest “it” hotel Topping Rose House

?We hit the cute pop up shop of Serena and Lily

?The decor was perfect for the beach lifestyle

?This was cheery…

?Here is the house dubbed “the perfect house” by? my boys when they were about five years old, it’s stuck ever since:)

?East Hampton patriotism at its finest

?Hydrangeas are everywhere…..must be that salt air that keeps them so beautiful!

?I think these boys were artists and were sketching this beautiful scene, though I was hoping they would move!

And then another day we were at Dockers in Quogue and I loved this bar stools, done in navy and white…so chic.

Around my house.? Back to the drawing board, and want to finalize pillow selections, get them ordered, get the rest of my trees (now that I found them) and finish up the patio while we can still enjoy it! Awaiting fabric swatches for pillows and rest of trees coming in this week….

?I stuck a tree in just to get an idea…..love it. The tree is about 7 feet tall to give you an idea. I LOVE these planters but they are obviously too small, so the search continues for planters that I can get now and not have to order…..

?Added the geometric with navy tape, love it

?Do you like the lumbar or square on these chairs?

?These bad boys are slowly coming back….they took a beating in the 99 degree heat and intense humidity, so much so that we had to move them. They are finally getting a little life back

Mini and mama orchid. If you are thinking the colors look odd, guilty as charged…I started fiddling with settings on the camera and changed it without knowing how to change it back!

?Love this pale lilac hydrangea too in my statuary planter

Added a bunch more of the richly hued hydrangea now growing in abundance around here, think they look perfect in the blue and white container……

?Love mixing the colors

Shop news. I always get really excited about new products. As fall approaches and in preparation for the holidays I will be adding more things, I am always on the prowl for something wonderful. Check out these magnificent new pieces getting added, they are en route. I am so excited, love each and every one. Best part they are priced unbelievably low but are available only in certain quantities…once they are gone that is it! I will announce when they are physically here.

Beautiful dish (can be used for a cake dish) or display 15.5″ round $75.00

Beautiful candlesticks,? 5″ x 11.5″ and 4.5″ x 9.5″ $55.00

Gorgeous decorative oversized plate 16.5″ round $65.00

?The perfect bud vase. 8″ x 14.5″ $ 70.00
Gorgeous soft blue plate or serving dish 4.5″ x 12.5″ $65.00

Love this! I have just the spot:) 6′ X 6″ X 17″ $75.00

And this one! 7.5″ x 7″ x 13′ $65.00

This is a beautiful covered dish/box, so decorative 8.5″ x 7.5″ $55.00

?Adore this pale blue vase. A new take on ginger jars and I think a pair will be perfect in my bedroom!? 11″ x 26″ $145.00

Big fan of these highly decorative pieces and so affordable! A pair (5.5″ x 7.5″ and 4.5″ x 6.5″) $50.00

This is going right in my kitchen, how gorgeous for utensils! 9″ x13.75″ $75.00

Ditto these stunning boxes, 6.75″ x 4.75″ x 3.5″ $25.00
And as reported a few days ago, new style lanterns have come in that gorgeous as well as the sold out ever so popular Tulip lantern is back in stock…take a look

Aren’t these beautiful? As always if you are interested in anything just email me….theenchantedhome@gmail.com. I cannot wait to get the new porcelain pieces and love the new belljars…….
Also got in dough bowls. I have getting in more in a few weeks but got in 4, 2 were already sold so? I have these two smaller ones available. Both gorgeous and so decorative, very old but in excellent condition. Contact me if you want one here.

Phew….this post ended up being longer than I had originally anticipated. This is what happens, I start small and then just keep adding, so much I want to share. What’s new in your world? Anything here excite you? Thanks for stopping in to see what’s new and wishing you a fabulous day!

Mid week musings……..

 Good morning to you. Well first things first….very happy to announce a lucky winner of the pair of blue and white plates. Congratulations goes to…..

Result:  33   Scribbler July 11, 2013 at 10:21 AM 

All your things are beautiful so it would be hard to choose a favorite! I would have to say for RIGHT NOW that I would love the bathroom set because I am getting ready to redo one of my baths. The plates are just really gorgeous too.

As with all my random musings post…this one is a bit of this and a bit of that. I loved hearing your take on the white dresses yesterday. Many of you loved my personal fave too, #3 though for the event tomorrow night its way too dressy, it is the kind of dress I would love to own and have in my closet, it feels like a throwback to elegant timeless Audrey Hepburn but there were so many I loved. If you missed the post click here, and weigh in on your favorite. Let’s get started, shall we?


Very picture heavy….don’t say I didn’t warn you!

One Kings Lane. Admittedly I have grown a little skeptical of this site. I used to love it but my last three orders either came in damaged or were of inferior quality…so that was a huge disappointment. One was pillows that were so cheaply made I ended up giving them away, two broken ice buckets and dishes that came in that looked beautiful online but were really horrible in person. So though I still like to occasionally look I am have been leary about ordering any more. However I would have soooooo made an exception for both of these items…….both sold out!!!! The chairs I was devastated over…they are sooo beautiful, they belong here!!! Come to mama…….

I was however on a small scale able to score at least something, got  these lovely French bath products…I am sucker for fine soaps and anything with lavender.

Always keep these types of things on hand as last minute gifts…they are perfect!

Pillows……again! So this time around I am stressing and mulling over choices for my back patio. The Chiang Mai look gorgeous back there, I must say. Wrong size, I need bigger (but you get the idea)….however have found these, also Schumacher which have a similar feel but are still different (awaiting swatches to seal the deal).  Thoughts and opinions? Such a hard choice…..really love them all!

I like the idea of using these with one of the geometrics above

Or I can stay with what I have
And I have ordered lumbars in navy with ivory monogram to use on the club chairs….

A good cookbook. You know me and my books. I just can’t seem to stop buying them. Just ordered Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking. I had given this to a friend who loves to cook for her birthday  and when she started telling me about all the delectable recipes she has tried from the book and told me it’s now one of her favorite books (a big compliment because this girl is a serious cook) I knew I had to get one of my own….all in the name of keeping my southern heritage alive of course (and those taste buds on high alert)! Click here to see it on Amazon.

A wonderful cause. A reader of mine (who I will be  meeting in Charlottesville) sent me information on a grassroots group, Lifenotes Music For Children, that  she is involved in and asked for my support. It is a child safety program and I am always eager to help even in a very small way when it comes to anything with kids. Recognizing that kids are auditory learners and love music, this teaches them safety, healthy and character through music…..love the concept.

 I was happy to do it and thought it was worth sharing in case you too feel inclined to help out. There is no such thing as a donation too small and literally every dollar is so appreciated. Click here for more information.

More Hamptons bliss. I don’t know about you, but I never ever tire of seeing the beautiful Hamptons. Hopefully you agree because here are some wonderful highlights from recent trips out that way (that I forgot were on my computer)!

 Super charming Sag Harbor, if you ever get the chance….go!

 These dudes have a rough life……

 This set the tone for our lunch with a front row seat of the yachts (my friends idea to place the glass here and she’s onto something:)

 We had fun watching the crews lug things from oodles of flowers to fresh produce onto the yachts

 Doesn’t this look wonderfully old fashioned down to the vintage car?

 And this my friends,  is the famous American Hotel, a famous small town hotel where legions of famous faces and minds have visited

 The newest “it” hotel Topping Rose House

 We hit the cute pop up shop of Serena and Lily

 The decor was perfect for the beach lifestyle

 This was cheery…

 Here is the house dubbed “the perfect house” by  my boys when they were about five years old, it’s stuck ever since:)

 East Hampton patriotism at its finest

 Hydrangeas are everywhere…..must be that salt air that keeps them so beautiful!

 I think these boys were artists and were sketching this beautiful scene, though I was hoping they would move!

And then another day we were at Dockers in Quogue and I loved this bar stools, done in navy and white…so chic.

Around my house.  Back to the drawing board, and want to finalize pillow selections, get them ordered, get the rest of my trees (now that I found them) and finish up the patio while we can still enjoy it! Awaiting fabric swatches for pillows and rest of trees coming in this week….

 I stuck a tree in just to get an idea…..love it. The tree is about 7 feet tall to give you an idea. I LOVE these planters but they are obviously too small, so the search continues for planters that I can get now and not have to order…..

 Added the geometric with navy tape, love it

 Do you like the lumbar or square on these chairs?

 These bad boys are slowly coming back….they took a beating in the 99 degree heat and intense humidity, so much so that we had to move them. They are finally getting a little life back

Mini and mama orchid. If you are thinking the colors look odd, guilty as charged…I started fiddling with settings on the camera and changed it without knowing how to change it back!

 Love this pale lilac hydrangea too in my statuary planter

Added a bunch more of the richly hued hydrangea now growing in abundance around here, think they look perfect in the blue and white container……

 Love mixing the colors

Shop news. I always get really excited about new products. As fall approaches and in preparation for the holidays I will be adding more things, I am always on the prowl for something wonderful. Check out these magnificent new pieces getting added, they are en route. I am so excited, love each and every one. Best part they are priced unbelievably low but are available only in certain quantities…once they are gone that is it! I will announce when they are physically here.

Beautiful dish (can be used for a cake dish) or display 15.5″ round $75.00

Beautiful candlesticks,  5″ x 11.5″ and 4.5″ x 9.5″ $55.00

Gorgeous decorative oversized plate 16.5″ round $65.00

 The perfect bud vase. 8″ x 14.5″ $ 70.00
Gorgeous soft blue plate or serving dish 4.5″ x 12.5″ $65.00

Love this! I have just the spot:) 6′ X 6″ X 17″ $75.00

And this one! 7.5″ x 7″ x 13′ $65.00

This is a beautiful covered dish/box, so decorative 8.5″ x 7.5″ $55.00

 Adore this pale blue vase. A new take on ginger jars and I think a pair will be perfect in my bedroom!  11″ x 26″ $145.00

Big fan of these highly decorative pieces and so affordable! A pair (5.5″ x 7.5″ and 4.5″ x 6.5″) $50.00

This is going right in my kitchen, how gorgeous for utensils! 9″ x13.75″ $75.00

Ditto these stunning boxes, 6.75″ x 4.75″ x 3.5″ $25.00
And as reported a few days ago, new style lanterns have come in that gorgeous as well as the sold out ever so popular Tulip lantern is back in stock…take a look

Aren’t these beautiful? As always if you are interested in anything just email me….theenchantedhome@gmail.com. I cannot wait to get the new porcelain pieces and love the new belljars…….
Also got in dough bowls. I have getting in more in a few weeks but got in 4, 2 were already sold so  I have these two smaller ones available. Both gorgeous and so decorative, very old but in excellent condition. Contact me if you want one here.

Phew….this post ended up being longer than I had originally anticipated. This is what happens, I start small and then just keep adding, so much I want to share. What’s new in your world? Anything here excite you? Thanks for stopping in to see what’s new and wishing you a fabulous day!

Dining al fresco, my new tabletop has arrived and a winner!

Hi there, boy its been one heck of a busy week. First things first, here’s the lucky winner of the gift certificate to Nancy’s Daily Dish giveaway, congrats goes to……..

?

Result:

59

I love Nancy’s shop and blog. I would choose the Mason’s Vista Dog Park Couples red plate. Debra C. chedeb5353@hotmail.com
Please contact me here to provide your shipping details.


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Sooooooo happy its Friday….. I am glad the week is over, I need some downtime in a big way. The weather has truly been all over the map as I know it has in many parts of the country. We have had 82 and sunny one day and today it’s a cold 48 and rainy……..all in one week! I think the flowers and plants are quite confused as to whether or not they should make their debut! I for one cannot wait until the warmer weather is here for good….which makes me instantly crave eating outdoors, one of the perks of the late spring and summer months which leads me to my post today……

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I had given a little preview of the beautiful new melamine dishes I was waiting on….by far the most beautiful I have ever seen! So naturally I was super excited about carrying them, well I am happy to report that as of today, they are up for sale in my shop! I am really thrilled about this line, not only do they look and feel like real pottery but they are dishwasher safe, doesn’t get better. The glasses also look like real glass….this entire set might well become my every day set! Here’s a look at some of the new items, click here to see the entire line in my online shop. Tah dah……..




Can you believe it’s melamine? And it even feels like pottery….I am still amazed! And to whet your appetite for dining outdoors, thought it would be fun to take a look at all the beautiful ways to entertain outside. Don’t you just love eating outdoors? I love planning a meal al fresco. How about you? Always love to know your thoughts…..


?

?Love mixing natural element like wicker and net with cool blues…so pretty! Pottery Barn

?


? This is totally magical. I love seeing a table draped in a beautiful tablecloth, yes even outdoors!

?No flowers? Even a few potted herb plants looks beautiful in an al fresco setting! Pottery Barn

?Big fan of rattan and wicker serving pieces…can make even the simplest of dishes look soooo good!

?I am a big fan of oversized glass dispensers, just chilled water filed with lemon and lime slices looks so wonderful! PB

?Love the way a pop of yellow added to any outdoor setting gives it such a cheerful feel, Pottery Barn

Love the idea of adding a beautiful patterned tablecloth to an outdoors setting to dress it up a little…..so pretty!


Crisp white and blue with a pop of yellow always works! Centsational Girl

?

?Beautiful natural elements with lots of earthy texture make this setting just dreamy, Rinfret

?Adore these glasses…….one thing I want to buy this season! Global Amici
?Love how fresh and fun these colors feel! Eddie Ross

Love the way a seaside theme was carried out….gorgeous! Moonlight and magnollias

?

?I also like the idea of using all white and then adding a bold graphic element to the table, Wedding Wire

Using a pretty functional tiered container for a mini raw bar is a fabulous idea!

?When you have a beautiful setting like this, a large pair of hurricanes and a set of rattan placemats does the trick!Williams Sonoma

? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? Love the idea of fun and whimsical serving pieces like this one from Pottery Barn

I love the idea of adding something as simple as a fern leaf or any type of greenery to dress up a setting!

?Love the idea of beautiful, unique serving piece….like the salad being served in the giant clamshell! Williams Sonoma




Love the idea of large tall lanterns on a table, not only is the lighting gorgeous but it gives great height to a decorative element for the table,? Wedding wire

Have you ever seen a rustic wood log slice look so elegant? Love it for an outdoor setting!?
?Yes please! I love the idea of taking simple glasses and filling them with tall skinny breadsticks, easy! Lynn Butler
Pick a bold color to accent on a table…it gives a lot of great drama!
?Love the layered effect here…simply stunning! One Kings Lane
Now here is a few examples of how stunning my newest line looks for al fresco dining…Just love it and cannot wait to set up? my own table!

Have I gotten you in the mood to plan a little al fresco meal of your own? I cannot wait until mother nature decides once and for all to allow the mild weather to stay put, so we can all start planning our little outdoor soirees! I for one, cannot wait because we all know everything tastes better al fresco! Wishing you a wonderful Friday and a fabulous weekend ahead. Thanks for stopping in and thank you Nancy for your wonderful and generous giveaway!
Also if you missed some of my gorgeous (mostly silver) new arrivals from yesterday, click here, a few pieces still left. Talk to you soon!
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Dining al fresco, my new tabletop has arrived and a winner!

Hi there, boy its been one heck of a busy week. First things first, here’s the lucky winner of the gift certificate to Nancy’s Daily Dish giveaway, congrats goes to……..
 

Result:

59

I love Nancy’s shop and blog. I would choose the Mason’s Vista Dog Park Couples red plate. Debra C. chedeb5353@hotmail.com
Please contact me here to provide your shipping details.

 
Sooooooo happy its Friday….. I am glad the week is over, I need some downtime in a big way. The weather has truly been all over the map as I know it has in many parts of the country. We have had 82 and sunny one day and today it’s a cold 48 and rainy……..all in one week! I think the flowers and plants are quite confused as to whether or not they should make their debut! I for one cannot wait until the warmer weather is here for good….which makes me instantly crave eating outdoors, one of the perks of the late spring and summer months which leads me to my post today……
 
I had given a little preview of the beautiful new melamine dishes I was waiting on….by far the most beautiful I have ever seen! So naturally I was super excited about carrying them, well I am happy to report that as of today, they are up for sale in my shop! I am really thrilled about this line, not only do they look and feel like real pottery but they are dishwasher safe, doesn’t get better. The glasses also look like real glass….this entire set might well become my every day set! Here’s a look at some of the new items, click here to see the entire line in my online shop. Tah dah……..

Can you believe it’s melamine? And it even feels like pottery….I am still amazed! And to whet your appetite for dining outdoors, thought it would be fun to take a look at all the beautiful ways to entertain outside. Don’t you just love eating outdoors? I love planning a meal al fresco. How about you? Always love to know your thoughts…..
 

 Love mixing natural element like wicker and net with cool blues…so pretty! Pottery Barn
 

  This is totally magical. I love seeing a table draped in a beautiful tablecloth, yes even outdoors!

 No flowers? Even a few potted herb plants looks beautiful in an al fresco setting! Pottery Barn

 Big fan of rattan and wicker serving pieces…can make even the simplest of dishes look soooo good!

 I am a big fan of oversized glass dispensers, just chilled water filed with lemon and lime slices looks so wonderful! PB

 Love the way a pop of yellow added to any outdoor setting gives it such a cheerful feel, Pottery Barn

Love the idea of adding a beautiful patterned tablecloth to an outdoors setting to dress it up a little…..so pretty!

Crisp white and blue with a pop of yellow always works! Centsational Girl
 

 Beautiful natural elements with lots of earthy texture make this setting just dreamy, Rinfret

 Adore these glasses…….one thing I want to buy this season! Global Amici
 Love how fresh and fun these colors feel! Eddie Ross

Love the way a seaside theme was carried out….gorgeous! Moonlight and magnollias
 

 I also like the idea of using all white and then adding a bold graphic element to the table, Wedding Wire

Using a pretty functional tiered container for a mini raw bar is a fabulous idea!

 When you have a beautiful setting like this, a large pair of hurricanes and a set of rattan placemats does the trick!Williams Sonoma

                Love the idea of fun and whimsical serving pieces like this one from Pottery Barn

I love the idea of adding something as simple as a fern leaf or any type of greenery to dress up a setting!

 Love the idea of beautiful, unique serving piece….like the salad being served in the giant clamshell! Williams Sonoma

Love the idea of large tall lanterns on a table, not only is the lighting gorgeous but it gives great height to a decorative element for the table,  Wedding wire

Have you ever seen a rustic wood log slice look so elegant? Love it for an outdoor setting! 
 Yes please! I love the idea of taking simple glasses and filling them with tall skinny breadsticks, easy! Lynn Butler
Pick a bold color to accent on a table…it gives a lot of great drama!
 Love the layered effect here…simply stunning! One Kings Lane
Now here is a few examples of how stunning my newest line looks for al fresco dining…Just love it and cannot wait to set up  my own table!

Have I gotten you in the mood to plan a little al fresco meal of your own? I cannot wait until mother nature decides once and for all to allow the mild weather to stay put, so we can all start planning our little outdoor soirees! I for one, cannot wait because we all know everything tastes better al fresco! Wishing you a wonderful Friday and a fabulous weekend ahead. Thanks for stopping in and thank you Nancy for your wonderful and generous giveaway!
Also if you missed some of my gorgeous (mostly silver) new arrivals from yesterday, click here, a few pieces still left. Talk to you soon!
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Things I am loving Thursday and house updates!!

Hi everyone! Hope you all are doing great this Thursday…..I have had a pretty good week, especially since I have been headache free for the last three days, yippee!! Amazing how you take for granted things like good health and feeling well. I am convinced that much of this is stress induced, and no doubt stress has triggered a lot of these headaches. But enough of the headache talk, moving on, hope you are well. There is a lot going on of course?at the house, the front entrance is really moving and shaking now and has totally transformed the front facade of the house, its exciting to see it nearly done though the scaffolding is blocking the view, its looking really beautiful.?

Inside, upstairs dare I say parts of the the second floor are DONE! The boys rooms and a guest room is completed including the carpet. That is very exciting! However downstairs is a whole other story. The goal was to have the kitchen, family room and breakfast room done by Thanksgiving. I think we are going to be just about there but if so it will be Thanksgiving eve. At midnight. LOL, in other words at this point I have resigned myself to the fact that I may not be having my Thanksgiving turkey in my new house BUT I will be having my Christmas?turkey there! That much I know for sure. So…..here we go with this weeks happenings. Would love to know if there is something exciting going on where you are or if you have?discovered something wonderful…..Lots to cover today and forewarning, this is a rather lengthy post. Pour yourself a second cup of coffee:)





First congratulations to the lucky winner of the Scout Deano tote! I used random picker to determine a winner, and the lucky winner is………..


Prize ID Winner ID Public Info Private Info Random Sorting ID Weight
1: TOTE 474232 Travelkate
0094F6AD-516F-47B4-B687-8F4AF557A07B
1
1

Step right up to claim your prize. Please email me and let me know which pattern you want and I will arrange to have your bag sent to you. Enjoy! Moving right along……





Results from this weeks “which would you choose”……I was thrilled to see the first place as that was one of my top three picks too. All lovely, not a bad one in the bunch in my book. Thanks for participating…we had a record number!



? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? 1 ST PLACE WITH 52 VOTES

2ND PLACE WITH 40 VOTES
3RD PLACE WITH 36 VOTES
4TH PLACE WITH 27 VOTES

HOUSE UPDATES. I present to you today, the finished bedrooms and baths of the boys, this is very exciting to have some completed spaces!! I got one sample of the smaller knob for pantry and so glad I went with my gut on that one, so appreciate all your input, I know to some it seemed trivial but to me, it was important. Wallpaper ordered for powder rooms, very pleased with my choices. Family room and breakfast room has been painted. Front entrance is the big news around here this week, so included several pictures. Most surfaces and completed rooms are now swathed in paper and plastic so not much to photograph, but here is what I have…..A little frustrating as much of the house is now “under wraps” so the posts might be a little light over the next week or two. I am sad to say I don’t think I will be there by Thanksgiving seeing that its next week. Yes I am so anxious to be there but at some point you also tell yourself you are only capable of making so much happen, the rest you just need to let it go. And that, my friends is what I am doing, letting it go, trying to be patient and sit tight. Easy it is not. We are working as fast and furious as we possibly can to get in ASAP.?

Close up
Got a quick shot with my IPhone when it was quickly uncovered between the rain!

The infamous knob, this is the smaller one

Front door

Rear foyer door

Bedroom #1
Close up, light tan with navy dots
The vanity/bathroom for that room
Bedroom ?#2
Close up, light and medium tan woven through

Bathroom for that bedroom
Bedroom #3

Bathroom for that room

Guest room

Back stair hall getting the “limed effect” over glaze

Laundry room in process
Door color
Against the floor
Close up with subtle taupe glaze
Chevron onyx floor in library powder room, waiting on border

Doors for laundry room awaiting glazing
Looking to front entrance?

A GREAT BOOK ABOUT TRAVELING THROUGH ITALY. Next best thing to being there, and a little bit of therapy in a book! I cannot tell you how much I have enjoyed it. Aptly named “Go slow Italy” it is about taking the slow road through Italy’s countryside (sounds good already, huh) and how to unplug and relax and enjoy the ride. ?It reads like the journal of a friend that talks about the best of Italy’s local offerings from local intimate hotels to quaint restaurants all embracing the?sustainable food movement. Hear about innkeepers and vintners, you get the idea…yes, very worth the read if this is your sort of thing…. It is very much mine. A keeper! (I also bought one as a gift for Christmas for someone who ?I know also enjoys this kind of book)



LIGHTING FOR MY FAMILY ROOM. As the one room we are planning out is coming together, we are working on lighting. This room calls for iron lighting of a very large scale. My architect had something slightly Gothic in mind as it goes so well with the architecture of the room. These are all from the exquisite handwork of Arte De Mexico. ?Here are a few samples of a few fixtures and sconces that are the direction we are heading into…thoughts?

LETTERPRESS STATIONERY. I have been a long time fan of stationery. All kinds. Seriouly nuts for it. Whether or not I need it. I just love looking at it. I know in my next life I must be a party planner. I love and have an undying obsession with flowers, cakes and especially stationery. Duh…need to be a party planner. Letter press stationery makes my knees week, does it have that effect on you? Check out this gorgeousness from The lettered Olive, even the name I love! ?Click here to visit their site and swoon some more.

A GREAT SITE FOR GREAT CHRISTMAS GIFTS. I hate to admit it but I am surrendering myself to the fact that Christmas is approx. six weeks ago and its not going away. So in addition to thinking about moving, I have the holiday frenzy to contend with. Therefore I am staritng now and I am starting online. Making it as easy on myself as possible! I LOVE Erin Condren. I have found so many amazing gifts there! I ordered the life planner for two people who lead super busy lives after rave reviews about this hold everything must have planner, the Lucite tray where you can download a favorite family picture and turn it into a beloved use everyday tray,ordered a few iPhone cases, an Ipad sticker for my niece, there really is something for everyone and it was soooo great to find so many unique gifts that showed I spent time and thought behind them! Click here to visit Erin Condren. Below a sampling of some of their goodies!
The lucite tray with a favorite picture, a great keepsake!

The Ipad “skin” personalized (how great are these, you only have to supply the pictures)!! Got the last one for my college aged niece.

The Iphone skin personalized with either names or pictures

The life planner book either with a picture or your name as below

Another option for the phone case
Personalized notepads, ordered for a few people, these are fun and everyone needs them!
A FEW DEALS AND STEALS ON ONE KINGS LANE. Do you ever shop on this site? I don’t too often though lately have been more so. I in the last few days since I have been headache free, have been trying to get organized and get a headstart on Christmas shopping. A few things I bought that were great looking and great deals were these wine coolers and cashmere slippers (if anyone is reading this, I would’t mind a pair myself)! Great gifts, don’t you think?

THE CUTEST CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS. How cute are these wellies ornaments? I got them for my two nieces who I know will flip out over them and then how could I not get my beloved nephew a video game controller ornament if I am getting them wellies? Too cute and soooo fitting for their personalities!

FUN RETURN ADDRESS LABELS. Ordered a few for gifts and one for myself. Unique things on this site.?How cute are these? Shop to your hearts content, on everything from stationery, embossers, stamps, gifts, etc…..its a great little company!! Right now they are offering 15% sitewide and free shipping! Great time to stock up on gifts…..happy shopping! Click here to visit.
Stampers

Embossers

Those family stickers to use wherever, cars, boats, trains, planes

Letterpress monogrammed personal notes
Cute personalized paperweights, fun for teachers

Fun personalized stamp stationary sets
A BEAUITFUL DESSERT. This has nothing to do with anything but how beautiful and elegant is this fig tart? I want to replicate it. I don’t know where I found it, but I know I love it. It is so pretty and I bet its delicious too. What do you think?
OK, I think I have talked quite enough about shopping for now and don’t even get me started on the subject of food, there willl be no stopping me! But whether we like it or not, the season is upon us and I for one, am not going to find myself in the lurch that I did last year, practically on the verge of a nervous breakdown, still searching for gifts Dec.23rd! No thank you. I want to be done and completed by Dec. 1st. I think I can do it. Thanks to e-commerce its easier than ever. Any great tips you want to share? Sites you have discovered that you recommend? ?Spill the beans and don’t hold back…..Share it with us! Wishing you all a wonderful day!!

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Things I am loving Thursday and house updates!!

Hi everyone! Hope you all are doing great this Thursday…..I have had a pretty good week, especially since I have been headache free for the last three days, yippee!! Amazing how you take for granted things like good health and feeling well. I am convinced that much of this is stress induced, and no doubt stress has triggered a lot of these headaches. But enough of the headache talk, moving on, hope you are well. There is a lot going on of course at the house, the front entrance is really moving and shaking now and has totally transformed the front facade of the house, its exciting to see it nearly done though the scaffolding is blocking the view, its looking really beautiful. 
Inside, upstairs dare I say parts of the the second floor are DONE! The boys rooms and a guest room is completed including the carpet. That is very exciting! However downstairs is a whole other story. The goal was to have the kitchen, family room and breakfast room done by Thanksgiving. I think we are going to be just about there but if so it will be Thanksgiving eve. At midnight. LOL, in other words at this point I have resigned myself to the fact that I may not be having my Thanksgiving turkey in my new house BUT I will be having my Christmas turkey there! That much I know for sure. So…..here we go with this weeks happenings. Would love to know if there is something exciting going on where you are or if you have discovered something wonderful…..Lots to cover today and forewarning, this is a rather lengthy post. Pour yourself a second cup of coffee:)


First congratulations to the lucky winner of the Scout Deano tote! I used random picker to determine a winner, and the lucky winner is………..

Prize ID Winner ID Public Info Private Info Random Sorting ID Weight
1: TOTE 474232 Travelkate
0094F6AD-516F-47B4-B687-8F4AF557A07B
1
1

Step right up to claim your prize. Please email me and let me know which pattern you want and I will arrange to have your bag sent to you. Enjoy! Moving right along……


Results from this weeks “which would you choose”……I was thrilled to see the first place as that was one of my top three picks too. All lovely, not a bad one in the bunch in my book. Thanks for participating…we had a record number!

                                                      1 ST PLACE WITH 52 VOTES

2ND PLACE WITH 40 VOTES
3RD PLACE WITH 36 VOTES
4TH PLACE WITH 27 VOTES

HOUSE UPDATES. I present to you today, the finished bedrooms and baths of the boys, this is very exciting to have some completed spaces!! I got one sample of the smaller knob for pantry and so glad I went with my gut on that one, so appreciate all your input, I know to some it seemed trivial but to me, it was important. Wallpaper ordered for powder rooms, very pleased with my choices. Family room and breakfast room has been painted. Front entrance is the big news around here this week, so included several pictures. Most surfaces and completed rooms are now swathed in paper and plastic so not much to photograph, but here is what I have…..A little frustrating as much of the house is now “under wraps” so the posts might be a little light over the next week or two. I am sad to say I don’t think I will be there by Thanksgiving seeing that its next week. Yes I am so anxious to be there but at some point you also tell yourself you are only capable of making so much happen, the rest you just need to let it go. And that, my friends is what I am doing, letting it go, trying to be patient and sit tight. Easy it is not. We are working as fast and furious as we possibly can to get in ASAP. 

Close up
Got a quick shot with my IPhone when it was quickly uncovered between the rain!

The infamous knob, this is the smaller one

Front door

Rear foyer door

Bedroom #1
Close up, light tan with navy dots
The vanity/bathroom for that room
Bedroom  #2
Close up, light and medium tan woven through

Bathroom for that bedroom
Bedroom #3

Bathroom for that room

Guest room

Back stair hall getting the “limed effect” over glaze

Laundry room in process
Door color
Against the floor
Close up with subtle taupe glaze
Chevron onyx floor in library powder room, waiting on border

Doors for laundry room awaiting glazing
Looking to front entrance 

A GREAT BOOK ABOUT TRAVELING THROUGH ITALY. Next best thing to being there, and a little bit of therapy in a book! I cannot tell you how much I have enjoyed it. Aptly named “Go slow Italy” it is about taking the slow road through Italy’s countryside (sounds good already, huh) and how to unplug and relax and enjoy the ride.  It reads like the journal of a friend that talks about the best of Italy’s local offerings from local intimate hotels to quaint restaurants all embracing the sustainable food movement. Hear about innkeepers and vintners, you get the idea…yes, very worth the read if this is your sort of thing…. It is very much mine. A keeper! (I also bought one as a gift for Christmas for someone who  I know also enjoys this kind of book)

LIGHTING FOR MY FAMILY ROOM. As the one room we are planning out is coming together, we are working on lighting. This room calls for iron lighting of a very large scale. My architect had something slightly Gothic in mind as it goes so well with the architecture of the room. These are all from the exquisite handwork of Arte De Mexico.  Here are a few samples of a few fixtures and sconces that are the direction we are heading into…thoughts?

LETTERPRESS STATIONERY. I have been a long time fan of stationery. All kinds. Seriouly nuts for it. Whether or not I need it. I just love looking at it. I know in my next life I must be a party planner. I love and have an undying obsession with flowers, cakes and especially stationery. Duh…need to be a party planner. Letter press stationery makes my knees week, does it have that effect on you? Check out this gorgeousness from The lettered Olive, even the name I love!  Click here to visit their site and swoon some more.

A GREAT SITE FOR GREAT CHRISTMAS GIFTS. I hate to admit it but I am surrendering myself to the fact that Christmas is approx. six weeks ago and its not going away. So in addition to thinking about moving, I have the holiday frenzy to contend with. Therefore I am staritng now and I am starting online. Making it as easy on myself as possible! I LOVE Erin Condren. I have found so many amazing gifts there! I ordered the life planner for two people who lead super busy lives after rave reviews about this hold everything must have planner, the Lucite tray where you can download a favorite family picture and turn it into a beloved use everyday tray,ordered a few iPhone cases, an Ipad sticker for my niece, there really is something for everyone and it was soooo great to find so many unique gifts that showed I spent time and thought behind them! Click here to visit Erin Condren. Below a sampling of some of their goodies!
The lucite tray with a favorite picture, a great keepsake!

The Ipad “skin” personalized (how great are these, you only have to supply the pictures)!! Got the last one for my college aged niece.

The Iphone skin personalized with either names or pictures

The life planner book either with a picture or your name as below

Another option for the phone case
Personalized notepads, ordered for a few people, these are fun and everyone needs them!
A FEW DEALS AND STEALS ON ONE KINGS LANE. Do you ever shop on this site? I don’t too often though lately have been more so. I in the last few days since I have been headache free, have been trying to get organized and get a headstart on Christmas shopping. A few things I bought that were great looking and great deals were these wine coolers and cashmere slippers (if anyone is reading this, I would’t mind a pair myself)! Great gifts, don’t you think?

THE CUTEST CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS. How cute are these wellies ornaments? I got them for my two nieces who I know will flip out over them and then how could I not get my beloved nephew a video game controller ornament if I am getting them wellies? Too cute and soooo fitting for their personalities!

FUN RETURN ADDRESS LABELS. Ordered a few for gifts and one for myself. Unique things on this site. How cute are these? Shop to your hearts content, on everything from stationery, embossers, stamps, gifts, etc…..its a great little company!! Right now they are offering 15% sitewide and free shipping! Great time to stock up on gifts…..happy shopping! Click here to visit.
Stampers

Embossers

Those family stickers to use wherever, cars, boats, trains, planes

Letterpress monogrammed personal notes
Cute personalized paperweights, fun for teachers

Fun personalized stamp stationary sets
A BEAUITFUL DESSERT. This has nothing to do with anything but how beautiful and elegant is this fig tart? I want to replicate it. I don’t know where I found it, but I know I love it. It is so pretty and I bet its delicious too. What do you think?
OK, I think I have talked quite enough about shopping for now and don’t even get me started on the subject of food, there willl be no stopping me! But whether we like it or not, the season is upon us and I for one, am not going to find myself in the lurch that I did last year, practically on the verge of a nervous breakdown, still searching for gifts Dec.23rd! No thank you. I want to be done and completed by Dec. 1st. I think I can do it. Thanks to e-commerce its easier than ever. Any great tips you want to share? Sites you have discovered that you recommend?  Spill the beans and don’t hold back…..Share it with us! Wishing you all a wonderful day!!

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