Weekend musings…….

Hello! At long last a “catch up” post. I have a lot to share as this is way overdue, so take a seat and grab an extra cup of coffee!  I feel like one of those gerbils on a wheel this week , huffing and puffing to keep on truckin’! Its been one crazy hectic week and on top of that I ended up getting some kind of stomach bug and that coupled with the start of a nasty migraine made for a miserable 48 hours.

First things first! The winner of the fabulous Gretchen Scott “mini wardrobe”! The response was huge to this contest with good reason and one lucky lady is going to be adding some fabulous new frocks to her closet! Here is the winner as per randompicker.org. Congratulations goes to……

Result:

25
oooohhhhh mama! Gretchen’s silk jersey tunics have my name all over them. fabulous color!

michele
hello lovely

Couldn’t have gone to a nicer person! Please contact me with your shipping information. If you didn’t win….no worries, I will be having a giveaway every week from here until Christmas!! How exciting is that! Some seriously amazing ones, so stay tuned.

Thankfully the weekend though busy is all fun and games, so I am looking forward to that. I have a feeling its just going to intensify as Nov. kicks in and then comes frantic December. I have pretty much decided to make my holiday party a “post holiday affair”. Too much pressure on me and too many things going on to have a clear state of mind to plan it the way I like to do things. Doing it in January takes some of the pressure off….now I need to pray for not getting a giant snowstorm that day:)
My recent batch of goodies was pure mayhem…the responses was fabulous. I am always on the prowl for the next great thing, rest assured! And as luck would have it I scored a second batch of amazing finds, so if you missed out there is a second chance! I need to find the time and rest assured I will to organize the many many boxes, price and photograph them and they will be up in the next week. So stay tuned…..

I cannot believe we are in November. SCARY. To think that Dec. is next month! My days have been so full that I cannot imagine it getting any crazier and yet somehow Dec. does that to us…turns everything upside down, a good kind of crazy though! Anywho, here is whats new on my end….

Moving along, a lot of randomness today. So bear with me as I am all over the map:) Ready? Let’s go…


A MASQUERADE PARTY! We were invited to a gorgeous and I do mean gorgeous masquerade party, didn’t think those went on anymore! I wasn’t sure until an hour before if I had the energy to go after having been sick but I did and wore a “go to”  favorite gown with a mask. It was so beautiful, I of course felt compelled to capture a few pictures with my iPhone. (not the best quality but you get the idea).

 Upon entering the super grand foyer aka courtyard, the architecture was over the top amazing!

 Just look at that ceiling!

 I so loved the way this was set up! The crudites were all done in urns…I am copying that!

The room done by Safavieh Home was  a real showstopper.
And the all white dining room was something to behold….

 How gorgeous is this entrance!

 The windows were so fabulous I couldn’t resist taking a picture…even in the dark!

A MAJOR BLUE AND WHITE SCORE. Bought a HUGE collection of blue and white Spode, this is like the blue and white collection to end all collections. I have not even counted how many pieces but lets say its A LOT!!!!! Hey, you can never have too much blue and white:)

Upon walking into the shop, my blue and white radar was on high alert…it was beckoning to me:)

So many gorgeous pieces from plates and pitchers to cookie jars and casserole dishes…….

To pasta holders and pitchers to scalloped bowls and bread boxes…..
Half of it getting unpacked!
Love the bread boxes and casserole dishes

It included 3 pair of candlesticks

Love these scalloped serving bowls….so pretty

Driving back from Greenwich I spotted the biggest pumpkin I have ever seen,  this monster measured  about 4 feet across, I kid you not! I am sure it’s the winner of many a contest!


A VERY SUCCESSFUL E DESIGN PROJECT. A fellow reader and designer and I collaborated on an e-design project together (her family room)  and she also ordered these outrageously gorgeous custom tole sconces from my custom line, they are so stunning! She has superb taste and the way the room came out is so spectacular I just had to share it with you all. Feast your eyes on this…..

 This was the finished sconces that was custom made from my custom tole line.….so beautiful!
 How gorgeous is this room?

Ready for a magazine spread, don’t you think!

HOLIDAY TRAVEL. With the super busy holidays upon us, it is likely that travel is in many of your futures. If air travel is part of your plans, this is a super informative post worth reading, all kinds of tidbits of information and sources I didn’t know about. Leave it up to my buddy, Sandy, the world traveler of You May Be Wandering to enlighten us! Click here to read that excellent post.


HALLOWEEN IN NEW YORK CITY. I went on a Junior League house tour last weekend, and from the car snapped a few pictures of some gorgeous and festive entrances decked out in their Halloween finest! I am going to do a post on NYC entrances sometime in the future, maybe if I can swing it sometime in Dec. when NYC comes alive with holiday festivities.

 This one had all 7 stories done! You know this was as a serious labor of love!

 Always a sucker for beautiful old buildings and breathtaking architecture……..

 Loved this one too, the colors are so rich

A GREAT NEW BOOK YOU MUST OWN. My blogging friend, Tish from  A femme d’ Un Certain Age came out with her new book, Forever Chic.  I was beyond excited to get it. I have to say and I am so not “just saying this” this is one of the best books I have read  in a very long time. It is totally captivating and lures you right in to her world and authentic voice about an Americans take on French culture, women aging and all the wonderful behind the scenes secrets and tidbits. Everything you always wanted to know is explained with an honest and entertaining voice through Tish. I have to say….those French women know what they are doing and just having read this book is prompting me to make a few changes and readjust the way I look at a few things…..just love it!

 I love her honest account and let me tell you…..I am learning a lot! I am almost done and its absolutely one of those books that I just don’t want it to end! Tish you might need a second edition………..click here to purchase. You WILL thank me:)


A TRUE SINGING PRODIGY. Have you seen this nine year old sing on Hollands X Factor? That’s right I said nine years old. Talk about the voice of an angel! I was bowled by her voice at any age but to think she is nine is just hard to comprehend. She is self taught and no doubt destined for great things……this is guaranteed to give you chills (the good kind).

MY ONLINE SHOP. Going to soon be adding some new products to my shop. A lot of what I sell are staples and therefore remain but I do add new items here and there. I am really a “staples” kind of girl. I like what I like and those things never get old. I only sell what I love and use so you can be sure that anything on my online has been tested and tried by yours truly. A few new porcelains getting added…….

New accessories just arrived too……

Lots of people have requested this crystal obelisks, super decorative and works in any kind of decor, the highest quality….really gorgeous.

 LOVE this decanter set, includes the holder in silver or ant. brass and two lead crystal cut decanters.

The three top trays are all being added as I do get many requests for ant. brass trays…and these are beauties.

The success of my recent steals and deals was amazing and so validating to me personally that there is a huge demand still for beautiful, old world traditional accessories.. It so made me wish I had more. Incidentally I got in another smaller batch from the same vendor so will be offering those things up sometime possibly this weekend. Just need to get organized, take pictures and tag everything. Definitely worth a look if you missed out last time! Here is a sneak peek…..

As scary as it sounds, Christmas is next month….crazy!  So I will be posting on a few deadlines, mostly for my custom napkin rings and statuary. I plan on suspending my shop for about 8 days during the Christmas season, I know how crazy busy it gets so will close up my shop on or around Dec. 18th until after the holidays for a much needed hiatus. I will be very busy and fulfilling orders until then so its not too early to start thinking about gifts.

For anyone who is thinking of the custom napkin rings for the holidays, it is not too soon to start placing orders. The latest you can order for guaranteed Christmas delivery is Nov. 18th.  Some are in stock, as extra have been ordered in anticipation of the holidays, but most are custom and take about 3 weeks however by mid November it will be closer to a 4 week plus lead time. I plan on doing a post next week on these wonderful treasures for the table…..they are still one of my favorite things, so special! Click here to see more online.

 A popular ring, the animal conga line……talk about a conversation piece!

 The Santas come in two sizes…this is the large, how amazing are they for a Christmas table!

 How charming is the chinoiserie man?

 There is a collection of about 8-10 different horses, very impressive!

 Of course had to get this one for myself…reminds me of Teddy!
 LOVE the stag deer…..so elegant!

As always any questions about anything from my online shop, feel free to email me here.

Phew…still with me? I know I know this was a lot to read, as I said this was so overdue that there was a lot to share, and there is even more but I will do that next time:)

Brace yourselves for this weeks “Blue and white love” contest which starts tomorrow!  It is beyond description in terms of the sheer beauty and talent of my readers. You are in for a mega treat, that I promise you! I will also feature sometime during the week my most recent steals and deals and finally the end of the week, will announce the winner(s) of the blue and white love contest and announce a spectacular new giveaway so lots of good things happening. Thanks as always for stopping in….wishing you a wonderful day and relaxing end to your week.

Weekend musings…….

Hello! At long last a “catch up” post. I have a lot to share as this is way overdue, so take a seat and grab an extra cup of coffee!? I feel like one of those gerbils on a wheel this week , huffing and puffing to keep on truckin’! Its been one crazy hectic week and on top of that I ended up getting some kind of stomach bug and that coupled with the start of a nasty migraine made for a miserable 48 hours.

First things first! The winner of the fabulous Gretchen Scott “mini wardrobe”! The response was huge to this contest with good reason and one lucky lady is going to be adding some fabulous new frocks to her closet! Here is the winner as per randompicker.org. Congratulations goes to……

Result:

25
oooohhhhh mama! Gretchen’s silk jersey tunics have my name all over them. fabulous color!

michele
hello lovely

Couldn’t have gone to a nicer person! Please contact me with your shipping information. If you didn’t win….no worries, I will be having a giveaway every week from here until Christmas!! How exciting is that! Some seriously amazing ones, so stay tuned.

Thankfully the weekend though busy is all fun and games, so I am looking forward to that. I have a feeling its just going to intensify as Nov. kicks in and then comes frantic December. I have pretty much decided to make my holiday party a “post holiday affair”. Too much pressure on me and too many things going on to have a clear state of mind to plan it the way I like to do things. Doing it in January takes some of the pressure off….now I need to pray for not getting a giant snowstorm that day:)
My recent batch of goodies was pure mayhem…the responses was fabulous. I am always on the prowl for the next great thing, rest assured! And as luck would have it I scored a second batch of amazing finds, so if you missed out there is a second chance! I need to find the time and rest assured I will to organize the many many boxes, price and photograph them and they will be up in the next week. So stay tuned…..

I cannot believe we are in November. SCARY. To think that Dec. is next month! My days have been so full that I cannot imagine it getting any crazier and yet somehow Dec. does that to us…turns everything upside down, a good kind of crazy though! Anywho, here is whats new on my end….

Moving along, a lot of randomness today. So bear with me as I am all over the map:) Ready? Let’s go…


A MASQUERADE PARTY! We were invited to a gorgeous and I do mean gorgeous masquerade party, didn’t think those went on anymore! I wasn’t sure until an hour before if I had the energy to go after having been sick but I did and wore a “go to”? favorite gown with a mask. It was so beautiful, I of course felt compelled to capture a few pictures with my iPhone. (not the best quality but you get the idea).

?Upon entering the super grand foyer aka courtyard, the architecture was over the top amazing!

?Just look at that ceiling!

?I so loved the way this was set up! The crudites were all done in urns…I am copying that!

The room done by Safavieh Home was? a real showstopper.
And the all white dining room was something to behold….

?How gorgeous is this entrance!

?
?The windows were so fabulous I couldn’t resist taking a picture…even in the dark!

A MAJOR BLUE AND WHITE SCORE. Bought a HUGE collection of blue and white Spode, this is like the blue and white collection to end all collections. I have not even counted how many pieces but lets say its A LOT!!!!! Hey, you can never have too much blue and white:)

Upon walking into the shop, my blue and white radar was on high alert…it was beckoning to me:)

So many gorgeous pieces from plates and pitchers to cookie jars and casserole dishes…….

To pasta holders and pitchers to scalloped bowls and bread boxes…..
Half of it getting unpacked!
Love the bread boxes and casserole dishes

It included 3 pair of candlesticks

Love these scalloped serving bowls….so pretty

Driving back from Greenwich I spotted the biggest pumpkin I have ever seen,? this monster measured? about 4 feet across, I kid you not! I am sure it’s the winner of many a contest!


A VERY SUCCESSFUL E DESIGN PROJECT. A fellow reader and designer and I collaborated on an e-design project together (her family room)? and she also ordered these outrageously gorgeous custom tole sconces from my custom line, they are so stunning! She has superb taste and the way the room came out is so spectacular I just had to share it with you all. Feast your eyes on this…..

?This was the finished sconces that was custom made from my custom tole line.….so beautiful!
?How gorgeous is this room?

Ready for a magazine spread, don’t you think!

HOLIDAY TRAVEL. With the super busy holidays upon us, it is likely that travel is in many of your futures. If air travel is part of your plans, this is a super informative post worth reading, all kinds of tidbits of information and sources I didn’t know about. Leave it up to my buddy, Sandy, the world traveler of You May Be Wandering to enlighten us! Click here to read that excellent post.


HALLOWEEN IN NEW YORK CITY. I went on a Junior League house tour last weekend, and from the car snapped a few pictures of some gorgeous and festive entrances decked out in their Halloween finest! I am going to do a post on NYC entrances sometime in the future, maybe if I can swing it sometime in Dec. when NYC comes alive with holiday festivities.

?This one had all 7 stories done! You know this was as a serious labor of love!

?Always a sucker for beautiful old buildings and breathtaking architecture……..

?Loved this one too, the colors are so rich

A GREAT NEW BOOK YOU MUST OWN. My blogging friend, Tish from? A femme d’ Un Certain Age came out with her new book, Forever Chic.? I was beyond excited to get it. I have to say and I am so not “just saying this” this is one of the best books I have read? in a very long time. It is totally captivating and lures you right in to her world and authentic voice about an Americans take on French culture, women aging and all the wonderful behind the scenes secrets and tidbits. Everything you always wanted to know is explained with an honest and entertaining voice through Tish. I have to say….those French women know what they are doing and just having read this book is prompting me to make a few changes and readjust the way I look at a few things…..just love it!

?I love her honest account and let me tell you…..I am learning a lot! I am almost done and its absolutely one of those books that I just don’t want it to end! Tish you might need a second edition………..click here to purchase. You WILL thank me:)


A TRUE SINGING PRODIGY. Have you seen this nine year old sing on Hollands X Factor? That’s right I said nine years old. Talk about the voice of an angel! I was bowled by her voice at any age but to think she is nine is just hard to comprehend. She is self taught and no doubt destined for great things……this is guaranteed to give you chills (the good kind).

MY ONLINE SHOP. Going to soon be adding some new products to my shop. A lot of what I sell are staples and therefore remain but I do add new items here and there. I am really a “staples” kind of girl. I like what I like and those things never get old. I only sell what I love and use so you can be sure that anything on my online has been tested and tried by yours truly. A few new porcelains getting added…….

New accessories just arrived too……

Lots of people have requested this crystal obelisks, super decorative and works in any kind of decor, the highest quality….really gorgeous.

?LOVE this decanter set, includes the holder in silver or ant. brass and two lead crystal cut decanters.

The three top trays are all being added as I do get many requests for ant. brass trays…and these are beauties.

The success of my recent steals and deals was amazing and so validating to me personally that there is a huge demand still for beautiful, old world traditional accessories.. It so made me wish I had more. Incidentally I got in another smaller batch from the same vendor so will be offering those things up sometime possibly this weekend. Just need to get organized, take pictures and tag everything. Definitely worth a look if you missed out last time! Here is a sneak peek…..

As scary as it sounds, Christmas is next month….crazy!? So I will be posting on a few deadlines, mostly for my custom napkin rings and statuary. I plan on suspending my shop for about 8 days during the Christmas season, I know how crazy busy it gets so will close up my shop on or around Dec. 18th until after the holidays for a much needed hiatus. I will be very busy and fulfilling orders until then so its not too early to start thinking about gifts.

For anyone who is thinking of the custom napkin rings for the holidays, it is not too soon to start placing orders. The latest you can order for guaranteed Christmas delivery is Nov. 18th.? Some are in stock, as extra have been ordered in anticipation of the holidays, but most are custom and take about 3 weeks however by mid November it will be closer to a 4 week plus lead time. I plan on doing a post next week on these wonderful treasures for the table…..they are still one of my favorite things, so special! Click here to see more online.

?A popular ring, the animal conga line……talk about a conversation piece!

?The Santas come in two sizes…this is the large, how amazing are they for a Christmas table!

?How charming is the chinoiserie man?

?There is a collection of about 8-10 different horses, very impressive!

?Of course had to get this one for myself…reminds me of Teddy!
?LOVE the stag deer…..so elegant!

As always any questions about anything from my online shop, feel free to email me here.

Phew…still with me? I know I know this was a lot to read, as I said this was so overdue that there was a lot to share, and there is even more but I will do that next time:)

Brace yourselves for this weeks “Blue and white love” contest which starts tomorrow!? It is beyond description in terms of the sheer beauty and talent of my readers. You are in for a mega treat, that I promise you! I will also feature sometime during the week my most recent steals and deals and finally the end of the week, will announce the winner(s) of the blue and white love contest and announce a spectacular new giveaway so lots of good things happening. Thanks as always for stopping in….wishing you a wonderful day and relaxing end to your week.

Say hello to the new kids in town and a little store biz!

Hi there. Such a busy week over here. Finally today, I am not busy dong something every hour and will have a few hours to just “chill” (though that really means catching up with my looong list of errands).
 I was so excited to finally get some of the tole pieces I had told you about a few weeks ago. Few things in life get me this excited at this stage of the game. Just cannot seem to totally squelch my thirst for this stuff….so having an online store is a great way to “have my cake and eat it too”, you  know my motto “one for me and one for you”! This is an exceptional line of stunning handpainted tole pieces. I looooove this line. If you are like me and love chinoiserie, tole and all those kinds of things, then you will love this!

I only got in a handful of each item so these will not be going online right away, if you want to inquire about something, just email me. Click here.

Beautiful planter with scenery and you know how I feel about black…..
And how about this gorgeous green tole chinoiserie decorative “jar”….its a love for me!
This is what makes me happy!

And this stunning moss green lamp with beautiful handpainted metal shade…so beautiful!

Its all in the details…..

LOVE this color!!
And how pretty is this cache pot? Love the detailing and the scalloped design, so classic!

Same pot also available in a smaller tall planter…..could see orchids or moss orbs in these.

Love love love these beautiful planters, the detailing is soooooo pretty!

And

This is such an elegant wastebasket, and you know I love this with a white hydrangea in a blue and white dish!

Another beautiful classic wastepaper basket…so elegant in black!

These darling planters come in pairs, so pretty!
Moving onto porcelains…….I was so excited to get 8 more of this spectacular hexagon planter. I had gotten a bunch of these way back last spring, and sold out almost right away. I wasn’t able to get more until recently and here they are!! In stock and ready to ship. Below is a picture of my own pair and an azalea topiary. Love these!

 And this oversized soup tureen is a beauty. Comes with the wooden stand love the foo dog lid.

 As pretty at Christmas time with amaryllis and pinecones
As it is in the spring with a beautiful white azalea topiary…….

 Love this gorgeous oversized orange and blue Imari bowl, comes with stand. Its a beauty!

My gorgeous napkin rings finally got the recognition they deserve! No longer under new additions they have earned their own little section on my online store. I will be continuously adding new styles to the shop, but for now most of the ones available can be seen online. They really are such special keepsakes, I am so happy to be carrying them. Click here to visit.

I have one tole tray for sale It is $115.00.  It says dark green but both my husband and I think its black or else its one heck of a dark green. You know the drill if you are interested, just email me!

My silver line continues to be one of my strongest categories. Proof that beautiful classic silver pieces are always in style I am excited to be getting about 6-7 new items that are just stupendous. Really gorgeous. And the long awaited flower bowl is finally coming! I am getting in a limited amount, 12 pieces of this very popular item! I know several were waiting on it…….

Lots more coming…will be sure to keep you posted! New wonderful loot will be arriving in the next few months including a new batch of dough bowls sometime in the next few weeks. If you want a dough bowl, definitely email me. They generally sell out within hours of my post. These are exceptional both in color, condition and size.

As always email me with any questions/inquires. Click here to email me. Thanks for stopping in to pay me a visit. Hope you have a fabulous day!

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Say hello to the new kids in town and a little store biz!

Hi there. Such a busy week over here. Finally today, I am not busy dong something every hour and will have a few hours to just “chill” (though that really means catching up with my looong list of errands).
?I was so excited to finally get some of the tole pieces I had told you about a few weeks ago. Few things in life get me this excited at this stage of the game. Just cannot seem to totally squelch my thirst for this stuff….so having an online store is a great way to “have my cake and eat it too”, you? know my motto “one for me and one for you”! This is an exceptional line of stunning handpainted tole pieces. I looooove this line. If you are like me and love chinoiserie, tole and all those kinds of things, then you will love this!

I only got in a handful of each item so these will not be going online right away, if you want to inquire about something, just email me. Click here.

Beautiful planter with scenery and you know how I feel about black…..
And how about this gorgeous green tole chinoiserie decorative “jar”….its a love for me!
This is what makes me happy!

And this stunning moss green lamp with beautiful handpainted metal shade…so beautiful!

Its all in the details…..

LOVE this color!!
And how pretty is this cache pot? Love the detailing and the scalloped design, so classic!

Same pot also available in a smaller tall planter…..could see orchids or moss orbs in these.

Love love love these beautiful planters, the detailing is soooooo pretty!

And

This is such an elegant wastebasket, and you know I love this with a white hydrangea in a blue and white dish!

Another beautiful classic wastepaper basket…so elegant in black!

These darling planters come in pairs, so pretty!
Moving onto porcelains…….I was so excited to get 8 more of this spectacular hexagon planter. I had gotten a bunch of these way back last spring, and sold out almost right away. I wasn’t able to get more until recently and here they are!! In stock and ready to ship. Below is a picture of my own pair and an azalea topiary. Love these!

?And this oversized soup tureen is a beauty. Comes with the wooden stand love the foo dog lid.

?As pretty at Christmas time with amaryllis and pinecones
As it is in the spring with a beautiful white azalea topiary…….

?Love this gorgeous oversized orange and blue Imari bowl, comes with stand. Its a beauty!

My gorgeous napkin rings finally got the recognition they deserve! No longer under new additions they have earned their own little section on my online store. I will be continuously adding new styles to the shop, but for now most of the ones available can be seen online. They really are such special keepsakes, I am so happy to be carrying them. Click here to visit.

I have one tole tray for sale It is $115.00.? It says dark green but both my husband and I think its black or else its one heck of a dark green. You know the drill if you are interested, just email me!

My silver line continues to be one of my strongest categories. Proof that beautiful classic silver pieces are always in style I am excited to be getting about 6-7 new items that are just stupendous. Really gorgeous. And the long awaited flower bowl is finally coming! I am getting in a limited amount, 12 pieces of this very popular item! I know several were waiting on it…….

Lots more coming…will be sure to keep you posted! New wonderful loot will be arriving in the next few months including a new batch of dough bowls sometime in the next few weeks. If you want a dough bowl, definitely email me. They generally sell out within hours of my post. These are exceptional both in color, condition and size.

As always email me with any questions/inquires. Click here to email me. Thanks for stopping in to pay me a visit. Hope you have a fabulous day!

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Napkin ring nirvana and a napkin ring giveaway!!

Hi there and happy Sunday to you…….hope you are having a great weekend. I was in Boston which was loads of fun, got to see a few friends and met my blog buddy, Amy over at her gorgeous shop Mason Decor (more on that later this week). As things are settling down and slowly getting back to normal around here post Hurricane Sandy, I am busy busy busy with my own little shop, ordering, fulfilling orders,etc….and having so much fun. I have to say it is truly a labor of love:) One of my most popular items since I started carrying them is the magnificent napkin rings, all are custom and hand done, pewter coated and best part…made in the good ol USA!! These are truly works of art and comparable rings from well established competitors are fetching upwards of $200 per ring. I have introduced these at a very very well priced 45.00 a ring. They will be going up  (slight price increase) soon but will still remain at  far less than the competition.

 Best part you can literally customize your ring! You can say ‘I love those dogs on the slide but want instead for it to be a terrier or a Cocker spaniel” or I want ” a lab pulling the cart not the squirrel”. You dont’ get to customize much in today’s world so this is partly why they are so special. I think these could well be collectors items one day! Many of my customers personalize the rings and several have bought them for large sit down holiday dinners and have personalized them according to the person who will be sitting there…love that idea!! I am happy to feature some brand new additions to the gorgeous napkin ring family…..


I am offering 2 custom rings to be given away as a giveaway! One lucky winner will get to choose her two customized napkin rings. All you need to do is visit my shop under napkin rings, tell me a favorite and how you would use them. NAPKINS RINGS ARE UNDER NEW ARRIVALS. I will announce a lucky winner on Friday morning. In the meantime here are the new styles…some really fabulous additions I must say!

Lab and pheasant

Lighthouse

Sailboat 

Animal conga line (can be customized with any assortment of animals and/or pets)

Schnauzer in a tub (can be with any dog or cat)

Sly fox and 2 birds

Mama kitten washing baby kitten

Love this new one! Two animals and a tea party

Another combination of animals at the tea party

One of three varieties of the “tea party”

Cat giving a “haircut” to his puppy friend
2 pelicans standing guard
Beautiful cherub holding baby

Another view

Pair of animals on moving see saw (again can make with any pair of animals)

LOVE the Santa’s!!! They come in a smaller Santa holding something and a bigger Santa

Close up of the detailing….can you imagine a beautifully set table with these?

Holding a Christmas tree…so festive!

One of my personal faves, the deer!! I just ordered 12 for myself for my holiday table…exquisite!

They are each slightly different

These are the bigger Santas

Love the one of him with the little dog!
 

Basset Hound hanging on a park bench

 Sailor boy with anchor

Other side

Basset Hound going down slide (can be any animal)

 
 
 
 
Aren’t they beautiful? I get so excited when I get a delivery..they are sometimes hard for me to pack up and send off. I want to keep all of them! The normal reaction when people get them is to write me telling me how much more beautiful they are in person (very true) and that they are so heavy (also true). Just very special pieces! Click here to visit them and come back here and tell me your favorite. I will announce a lucky winner on Friday morning.
 
 
Remember….all anonymous you must put a first name and last name initial. For those of you who often email me with your entry, you must leave a comment HERE on this post. It is very easy even if you don’t want to/have  a gmail account. Just go to where it says “leave a comment” On the drop down you can choose either “name” or “anonymous” and then type in your comment. That easy! Just remember for those leaving a name to include your last name initial (often there are more than one with that name) Good luck! Happy Sunday to everyone……
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Napkin ring nirvana and a napkin ring giveaway!!

Hi there and happy Sunday to you…….hope you are having a great weekend. I was in Boston which was loads of fun, got to see a few friends and met my blog buddy, Amy over at her gorgeous shop Mason Decor (more on that later this week). As things are settling down and slowly getting back to normal around here post Hurricane Sandy, I am busy busy busy with my own little shop, ordering, fulfilling orders,etc….and having so much fun. I have to say it is truly a labor of love:) One of my most popular items since I started carrying them is the magnificent napkin rings, all are custom and hand done, pewter coated and best part…made in the good ol USA!! These are truly works of art and comparable rings from well established competitors are fetching upwards of $200 per ring. I have introduced these at a very very well priced 45.00 a ring. They will be going up? (slight price increase) soon but will still remain at? far less than the competition.

?Best part you can literally customize your ring! You can say ‘I love those dogs on the slide but want instead for it to be a terrier or a Cocker spaniel” or I want ” a lab pulling the cart not the squirrel”. You dont’ get to customize much in today’s world so this is partly why they are so special. I think these could well be collectors items one day! Many of my customers personalize the rings and several have bought them for large sit down holiday dinners and have personalized them according to the person who will be sitting there…love that idea!! I am happy to feature some brand new additions to the gorgeous napkin ring family…..


I am offering 2 custom rings to be given away as a giveaway! One lucky winner will get to choose her two customized napkin rings. All you need to do is visit my shop under napkin rings, tell me a favorite and how you would use them. NAPKINS RINGS ARE UNDER NEW ARRIVALS. I will announce a lucky winner on Friday morning. In the meantime here are the new styles…some really fabulous additions I must say!

Lab and pheasant

Lighthouse

Sailboat?

Animal conga line (can be customized with any assortment of animals and/or pets)

Schnauzer in a tub (can be with any dog or cat)

Sly fox and 2 birds

Mama kitten washing baby kitten

Love this new one! Two animals and a tea party

Another combination of animals at the tea party

One of three varieties of the “tea party”

Cat giving a “haircut” to his puppy friend
2 pelicans standing guard
Beautiful cherub holding baby

Another view

Pair of animals on moving see saw (again can make with any pair of animals)

LOVE the Santa’s!!! They come in a smaller Santa holding something and a bigger Santa

Close up of the detailing….can you imagine a beautifully set table with these?

Holding a Christmas tree…so festive!

One of my personal faves, the deer!! I just ordered 12 for myself for my holiday table…exquisite!

They are each slightly different

These are the bigger Santas

Love the one of him with the little dog!

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Basset Hound hanging on a park bench

?Sailor boy with anchor

Other side

Basset Hound going down slide (can be any animal)

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Aren’t they beautiful? I get so excited when I get a delivery..they are sometimes hard for me to pack up and send off. I want to keep all of them! The normal reaction when people get them is to write me telling me how much more beautiful they are in person (very true) and that they are so heavy (also true). Just very special pieces! Click here to visit them and come back here and tell me your favorite. I will announce a lucky winner on Friday morning.

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Remember….all anonymous you must put a first name and last name initial. For those of you who often email me with your entry, you must leave a comment HERE on this post. It is very easy even if you don’t want to/have? a gmail account. Just go to where it says “leave a comment” On the drop down you can choose either “name” or “anonymous” and then type in your comment. That easy! Just remember for those leaving a name to include your last name initial (often there are more than one with that name) Good luck! Happy Sunday to everyone……


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Midweek musings…..

Good morning to you! Ever feel like there simply are not enough hours in your day? Well, that’s how I have felt all week and I suspect its only going to get worse as we near the holiday craziness. Thank God for coffee!  This is another all over the map post but its a fun excuse for me to talk about this and that.  On the home front, I am awaiting pillows and a dust ruffle to be done for the guest room which I cannot wait for, its coming out so  pretty! Will share as soon as its all together! I have included a few pics taken with my camera this time of the loggia all done. (taken on a dreary morning…)

Just had the floor cleaned and grouted……cannot wait to furnish this space and light that fire!

I just have to say again how honored I am to have been chosen by Homegoods as their blog of choice for the classic look!! It was so exciting to partner with them for the wonderful giveaway from last week. More to come!! Seeing my name on their website gives me such a thrill and truly is a wonderful validation of what I am doing….thank you Homegoods. You rock!
Click here to take their Stylescope quiz and see what style you are!


Saw two movies this past weekend, both which I really really enjoyed. The first one, The Intouchables I was supposed to see two weekends ago but plans changed and we didn’t go, I was bummed. I was happy we got to see it and it did not disappoint. A wonderful typically European film that touches the heart and moves the soul. I so enjoyed it as I do many foreign films.
The second one, Arbitrage with Richard Gere and Susan Sarandon centered around a filthy rich but very corrupt wall street tycoon and the story rings true about what has gone on for so long, its well done, riveting and I also enjoyed it for different reasons.

There are two movies coming that I cannot wait to see! Besides Le Mis of course:) I have included the trailers because I am not sure they will be considered “mainstream movies’ that you will see in every theater, but the previews have me waiting in bated breath to see them! Here they are….

WAR OF THE BUTTONS…..

RUST AND BONE…..
 


 
Seen anything good on your end lately?
 
I have never talked about of all things,  a brush before,  but seriously this brush saved my hair:) I have the most sensitive scalp on the planet, ever since I was a little I cried and cried whenever my hair was brushed. To this day when I am getting my hair done I normally wash my hair at home before going to the salon just to avoid the dreadful shampoo/scrub  that so many crave. Well……..this little brush is a miracle, I am not kidding! I venture to say I even look forward to brushing my hair, crazy? No, its incredible and for anyone who has a sensitive scalp like me or possibly girls with one….cannot recommend this enough. I call this the miracle brush but its real name is the wet brush…..the link is included under the picture. Yes, its that good!
 
The Wet Brush
 http://www.mywetbrush.com/
 
 
I love to cook during the cozy season…..fall and winter. When its cold outside, nothing beats a warm something cooking away on the stove inside. I have posted about this soup before but its worth repeating, this is a very hearty soup for all you soup lovers. If could stand on its own as a meal, served with crusty french bread, yum! This is a staple in our home and it never disappoints on a cold wintry day. 
 
 

Pasta e Fagiole Soup

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons (2 turns around the pan) extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/8 pound (about 4 slices) pancetta, chopped (I do not chop it, it naturally falls apart while cooking)
  • 1 (4 to 6-inch) sprig thyme with several sprigs on it, left intact (use sparingly)
  • 1 large fresh bay leaf or 2 dried bay leaves (I use 3 fresh)
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 small carrot, finely chopped
  • 1 rib celery, finely chopped
  • 4 large cloves garlic, chopped
  • Coarse salt and pepper
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans cannellini beans
  • 1 cup canned tomato sauce or canned crushed tomatoes or fresh tomato sauce
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 quart chicken stock
  • 1 1/2 cups ditalini
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • Grated Parmigiano or Romano, for the table

Directions

Heat a deep pot over medium high heat and add oil and pancetta. Brown the pancetta bits lightly, and add herb stems, bay leaf, chopped vegetables, and garlic. Season vegetables with salt and pepper. Add beans, tomato sauce, water, and stock to pot and raise heat to high. Bring soup to a rapid boil and then simmer. Rosemary and thyme leaves will separate from stems as soup cooks. Remove herb stems and bay leaf from soup and place pot on table on a trivet. At this point, once you have removed your pot from heat, set aside and then put in your pasta. The heat will naturally cook the pasta but just perfectly, not too hot..and will result in a soup with al dente pasta as it should be. Is anything worse than a great soup with mushy pasta? Let soup rest and begin to cool for a few minutes. Ladle soup into bowls and top with lots of grated cheese. Serve with bread and enjoy……this is a real treat!

Its fun sharing the results of which Would you choose and this weeks was particularly fun, so want to know who took top prize? Well there were several who vied for top spot, and a few ties. I am happy to say everyone got at least one vote, I was feeling sorry for poor Steven Spielberg but finally he got two votes, so he can sleep tonight:) Here’s the top four………
 

Bill Clinton with 25 votes

 
Princess Diana with 23 votes

Thomas Jefferson (oh yea)  with 17 votes

Leonardo Da Vinci and Meryl with 15 votes
 
And Mother Teresa, Maya and Coco were right behind Leonardo in a dead tie.

A fascinating bunch to say the least!
 
Did you know Isaac Mizrahi came out with a shoe line? I fell in love with these darling pumps, am a sucker for anything with bows. Love the combinations…ordered them in two combinations and will likely keep just one unless I happen to fall in love with both. Aren’t  these so much fun?
 
Shop  news……a few of the planters/statuary items are being phased out and some beautiful new pieces added. Two of the new additions are pieces I already own and love!  All new ones will be added as of tomorrow. This is one of my favorite lines, so versatile and love that you can pick them up and carry them around, the look of real stone with the ease of fiberglass. These will all be offered in one of six finishes, so you can truly customize it to your liking! Click here to visit my shop. I cannot wait to fill mine with sprigs of holiday greenery and pinecones!
 

The popular white moss finish

Pinecone Topiary
Love this pine cone topiary….ordered a pair in the white moss finish, so perfect for a holiday console table! Stands about 22″ tall.
 Feast Of Bacchus VesselEgg & Dart Round Urn 14
 And one of mine filled with artichokes……

 
 
Napkin rings…oh those napkin rings are such a hit. It is so funny because as soon as people get them they want to order more. They are like a healthy addiction.  They are one of those things you have to see in person, to feel and touch, they are truly special. I got in a few new styles. I cannot wait to set my holiday table with these babies! Here’s a few of the new ones…….
 

One of the Santas holding a tree

Sly fox pulling a cart

The adorable whimsical conga line (can be made with virtually any animal or breed of dog)

The hare atop the tortoise

The owl and bunny on a moving see saw

Bunny pulling the cart

Bunny in the garden

Sly fox with pinecones
Another adorable version of an amimal conga line
A Basset Hound next to two birdies

Humm…is this a Scottish terrier with his dog bowl? I need to know all you dog experts!

A type of Terrier

The hare atop the tortoise
Pretty awesome aren’t they? They are soon going to have their own section on my online store but for now can be found under new additions, click here to visit.

 
 
You know I love showing off my customers homes that are featured in “Your enchanted homes” on my store site where I feature my customers homes and the items they bought from me, here’s a few new additions..pretty gorgeous! Click here if you want to see the rest of them. Keep em coming! 
 

Another dough bowl finds its way to a happy home:)
Love this amazingly beautiful vignette….soooo pretty!

My silver planter with horn handles being used in all the gorgeous bathrooms in a super elegant new bed and breakfast (more on this next week)!
 How about this gorgeous gracious hallway/entrance with the floral etched lantern? Stunning!
OK, time to fess up. How many of you have gotten a new phone or were very tempted to get a new phone just because you totally fell in love with a phone case that is not made for your current phone? My hands way up in the air. I cannot wait to get my new phone…..all so I can order one of these amazingly cute, chic phone cases from the ever so talented The Pink Pagoda. I mean seriously, people…is this not the cutest phone EVER? Click here to visit and get one for yourself. Forewarning, she makes a boatload of other AMAZING items like stunning prints, pillows,etc……don’t say I didn’t warn you:)

 

Well that’s about it over here. I will probably be back on Friday to wrap up the week. What’s new with you? Are you enjoying beautiful fall foliage where you are? Here, things are really starting to rev up and its looking spectacular. I will be sure to share some of my pictures next week. We are headed up north this weekend and I will be sure my camera is charged and ready for what I know will be plenty of photo ops, I think the further north we travel the more ” peak” the foliage will be…cannot wait! Wishing you a wonderful day!

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Midweek musings…..

Good morning to you! Ever feel like there simply are not enough hours in your day? Well, that’s how I have felt all week and I suspect its only going to get worse as we near the holiday craziness. Thank God for coffee!? This is another all over the map post but its a fun excuse for me to talk about this and that.? On the home front, I am awaiting pillows and a dust ruffle to be done for the guest room which I cannot wait for, its coming out so? pretty! Will share as soon as its all together! I have included a few pics taken with my camera this time of the loggia all done. (taken on a dreary morning…)

Just had the floor cleaned and grouted……cannot wait to furnish this space and light that fire!

I just have to say again how honored I am to have been chosen by Homegoods as their blog of choice for the classic look!! It was so exciting to partner with them for the wonderful giveaway from last week. More to come!! Seeing my name on their website gives me such a thrill and truly is a wonderful validation of what I am doing….thank you Homegoods. You rock!
Click here to take their Stylescope quiz and see what style you are!


Saw two movies this past weekend, both which I really really enjoyed. The first one, The Intouchables I was supposed to see two weekends ago but plans changed and we didn’t go, I was bummed. I was happy we got to see it and it did not disappoint. A wonderful typically European film that touches the heart and moves the soul. I so enjoyed it as I do many foreign films.
The second one, Arbitrage with Richard Gere and Susan Sarandon centered around a filthy rich but very corrupt wall street tycoon and the story rings true about what has gone on for so long, its well done, riveting and I also enjoyed it for different reasons.

There are two movies coming that I cannot wait to see! Besides Le Mis of course:) I have included the trailers because I am not sure they will be considered “mainstream movies’ that you will see in every theater, but the previews have me waiting in bated breath to see them! Here they are….

WAR OF THE BUTTONS…..




RUST AND BONE…..

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Seen anything good on your end lately?

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I have never talked about of all things,? a brush before,? but seriously this brush saved my hair:) I have the most sensitive scalp on the planet, ever since I was a little I cried and cried whenever my hair was brushed. To this day when I am getting my hair done I normally wash my hair at home before going to the salon just to avoid the dreadful shampoo/scrub? that so many crave. Well……..this little brush is a miracle, I am not kidding! I venture to say I even look forward to brushing my hair, crazy? No, its incredible and for anyone who has a sensitive scalp like me or possibly girls with one….cannot recommend this enough. I call this the miracle brush but its real name is the wet brush…..the link is included under the picture. Yes, its that good!

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The Wet Brush

?http://www.mywetbrush.com/

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I love to cook during the cozy season…..fall and winter. When its cold outside, nothing beats a warm something cooking away on the stove inside. I have posted about this soup before but its worth repeating, this is a very hearty soup for all you soup lovers. If could stand on its own as a meal, served with crusty french bread, yum! This is a staple in our home and it never disappoints on a cold wintry day.?

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Pasta e?Fagiole Soup

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons (2 turns around the pan) extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/8 pound (about 4 slices)?pancetta, chopped (I do not chop it, it naturally falls apart while cooking)
  • 1 (4 to 6-inch) sprig?thyme?with several sprigs on it, left intact (use sparingly)
  • 1 large fresh?bay leaf?or 2 dried bay leaves (I use 3 fresh)
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 small carrot, finely chopped
  • 1 rib celery, finely chopped
  • 4 large cloves garlic, chopped
  • Coarse salt and pepper
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans cannellini beans
  • 1 cup canned tomato sauce or canned crushed?tomatoes?or fresh tomato sauce
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 quart?chicken stock
  • 1 1/2 cups ditalini
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • Grated Parmigiano or?Romano, for the table

Directions

Heat a deep pot over medium high heat and add oil and pancetta. Brown the pancetta bits lightly, and add herb stems, bay leaf, chopped vegetables, and garlic. Season vegetables with salt and pepper. Add?beans, tomato sauce, water, and stock to pot and raise heat to high. Bring soup to a rapid boil and then simmer. Rosemary and thyme leaves will separate from stems as soup cooks. Remove herb stems and bay leaf from soup and place pot on table on a?trivet. At this point, once you have removed your pot from heat, set aside and then put in your pasta. The heat will naturally cook the pasta but just perfectly, not too hot..and will result in a soup with al dente pasta as it should be. Is anything worse than a great soup with mushy pasta? Let soup rest and begin to cool for a few minutes. Ladle soup into bowls and top with lots of grated?cheese. Serve with bread and enjoy……this is a real treat!





Its fun sharing the results of which Would you choose and this weeks was particularly fun, so want to know who took top prize? Well there were several who vied for top spot, and a few ties. I am happy to say everyone got at least one vote, I was feeling sorry for poor Steven Spielberg but finally he got two votes, so he can sleep tonight:) Here’s the top four………

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Bill Clinton with 25 votes

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Princess Diana with 23 votes

Thomas Jefferson (oh yea)? with 17 votes


Leonardo Da Vinci and Meryl with 15 votes

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And Mother Teresa, Maya and Coco were right behind Leonardo in a dead tie.



A fascinating bunch to say the least!

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Did you know Isaac Mizrahi came out with a shoe line? I fell in love with these darling pumps, am a sucker for anything with bows. Love the combinations…ordered them in two combinations and will likely keep just one unless I happen to fall in love with both. Aren’t? these so much fun?

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Shop? news……a few of the planters/statuary items are being phased out and some beautiful new pieces added. Two of the new additions are pieces I already own and love!? All new ones will be added as of tomorrow. This is one of my favorite lines, so versatile and love that you can pick them up and carry them around, the look of real stone with the ease of fiberglass. These will all be offered in one of six finishes, so you can truly customize it to your liking! Click here to visit my shop. I cannot wait to fill mine with sprigs of holiday greenery and pinecones!

?

The popular white moss finish

Pinecone Topiary
Love this pine cone topiary….ordered a pair in the white moss finish, so perfect for a holiday console table! Stands about 22″ tall.
?Feast Of Bacchus VesselEgg & Dart Round Urn 14
?And one of mine filled with artichokes……

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Napkin rings…oh those napkin rings are such a hit. It is so funny because as soon as people get them they want to order more. They are like a healthy addiction.? They are one of those things you have to see in person, to feel and touch, they are truly special. I got in a few new styles. I cannot wait to set my holiday table with these babies! Here’s a few of the new ones…….

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One of the Santas holding a tree

Sly fox pulling a cart

The adorable whimsical conga line (can be made with virtually any animal or breed of dog)

The hare atop the tortoise

The owl and bunny on a moving see saw

Bunny pulling the cart

Bunny in the garden

Sly fox with pinecones
Another adorable version of an amimal conga line
A Basset Hound next to two birdies

Humm…is this a Scottish terrier with his dog bowl? I need to know all you dog experts!

A type of Terrier

The hare atop the tortoise
Pretty awesome aren’t they? They are soon going to have their own section on my online store but for now can be found under new additions, click here to visit.

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You know I love showing off my customers homes that are featured in “Your enchanted homes” on my store site where I feature my customers homes and the items they bought from me, here’s a few new additions..pretty gorgeous! Click here if you want to see the rest of them. Keep em coming!?

?

Another dough bowl finds its way to a happy home:)
Love this amazingly beautiful vignette….soooo pretty!



My silver planter with horn handles being used in all the gorgeous bathrooms in a super elegant new bed and breakfast (more on this next week)!
?How about this gorgeous gracious hallway/entrance with the floral etched lantern? Stunning!
OK, time to fess up. How many of you have gotten a new phone or were very tempted to get a new phone just because you totally fell in love with a phone case that is not made for your current phone? My hands way up in the air. I cannot wait to get my new phone…..all so I can order one of these amazingly cute, chic phone cases from the ever so talented The Pink Pagoda. I mean seriously, people…is this not the cutest phone EVER? Click here to visit and get one for yourself. Forewarning, she makes a boatload of other AMAZING items like stunning prints, pillows,etc……don’t say I didn’t warn you:)

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Well that’s about it over here. I will probably be back on Friday to wrap up the week. What’s new with you? Are you enjoying beautiful fall foliage where you are? Here, things are really starting to rev up and its looking spectacular. I will be sure to share some of my pictures next week. We are headed up north this weekend and I will be sure my camera is charged and ready for what I know will be plenty of photo ops, I think the further north we travel the more ” peak” the foliage will be…cannot wait! Wishing you a wonderful day!


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Mid week musings…..and a seriously fabulous giveaway!

Forewarning…as these posts tend to be, this is another long one. Somehow they grow from being average sized posts to mega marathons……. My advice? Dont’ read standing up, take an extra five minutes and relax, grab a cup of coffee and hope you enjoy!



Good Wednesday morning to you. I am so enjoying the nippier air that has finally taken over, ?have had a lot of rain which does not make for great hair days but I am loving this cooler weather…. the leaves in this part of town are just now starting to turn ever so subtly. I figure in a few weeks it will be in its prime. How about in your neck of the woods? A lot of different areas to cover today, so lets begin shall we! Do not forget to read all the way to the bottom where I provide all the details for one heck of an exciting giveaway!!

















Thought this little Hermes tidbit was sooo interesting! You just never know what your local postman is up to in his spare time…lol!






HERMES SCARVES’ ARTIST IS TEXAS POSTAL WORKER

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Hermes Scarves' Artist is Texas Postal Worker
Turns out the one behind the famous French fashion label’s limited edition scarves is not a trained Parisian artist, but a postal worker from Waco, Texas, named Kermit Oliver.

Oliver sifts mail during the day, and paints at night. According to the?Texas Monthly, who recently did a revealing profile on the artist, noted that Oliver was discovered in the 1980s by then?Hermes?CEO Jean-Louis Dumas. He has since kept his job at the Post Office, preferring a simple and quieter life to one of fame and notoriety. His artwork, most well-known for its intricacy of design and depictions of flora, fauna, and exotic animals, is produced in limited edition. Over the past 30 years, he has designed 16 exquisite scarves for Hermes, each of which take anywhere from six to nine months to create. His exceptional designs are so sought after, that his scarves usually sell out immediately in stores, and if they do end up on eBay, sell for at least $800, according to the Texas Monthly. Hermes scarves usually sell for anywhere between $200-$500.

We’re off the to closest Michael’s crafts store to start getting creative ourselves!






I am sooooo excited and sooooo flattered to have gotten an email from Homegoods, yes as in that “mega ?growing by leaps and bounds billion dollar company”, that?Homegoods!! They emailed me to tell me I am one of their favorite blogs!! Imagine my delight, just drives home the point that you truly never know who is reading your blog!?

?Furthermore…..they also said that they were just launching their “stylescope‘ in which one can find out what their style is and for the classic choice, yours truly’s blog was the first choice for that category so The Enchanted Home will be a permanent?fixture on their site!! It will be up any day now.


?I am ?so excited and flattered…then to boot, we are going to be working on different things together. And to launch this new cozy friendship, they have so generously offered up my readers the chance to win a $500 gift card to any Homegoods in the U.S.! And you know that 500 big ones goes a long long way in their stores chock full of beautiful bargains! All details on bottom…thanks to my new bff I mean Homegoods!











Super excited to finally be getting our loggia flooring done! We were waiting for the ceiling to be completed and there were a few stone elements that weren’t done but alas they are done and the bluestone floor is in progress, VERY excited over this and I am ordering the furniture this week so hopefully we can enjoy a late fall/early winter cozied up next to the fireplace!! We chose Pennsylvania bluestone which is more even toned, less varied in the shading since we were going with a pattern, this made the most sense. Here’s a sneak peek of it in progress, hopefully by next week I can show you the big reveal!

In progress…….

A before…….



Always?like to include recipes that I have ?tried and loved ?since I am believer in their magical powers…so have to share. Well friends, this is one such recipe. I promise you this is worth every chop, slice and hour that you put into it. Heavenly and the ultimate comfort food. I just made it and was hailed a hero. ?Your family will deem you Julia Child worthy! Be sure to include crusty fresh bread……







BEEF BOURGUIGNON

  • About 3-4 tablespoons light virgin olive oil
  • 8 ounces bacon, chopped (1/2 a package)
  • 2 teaspoons garlic cloves, large chopped pieces (not too fine)
  • 1/2 cup?Cognac
  • 1 bottle of good full bodied ?red wine (ideally?like Beaujolais, Cabernet or Burgundy)
  • ?2 cups beef?broth?(I used Emerils box of beef stock which is a 32 oz box)
  • 1-2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2-2 1/2 pounds??beef cut into 1-inch cubes
  • Sea salt to taste
  • Fresh pepper
  • 1 pound carrots, cut to 1 inch (don’t use baby carrots, they are too soft)
  • 2 med.onions- thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh?thyme?leaves (1/2 teaspoon dried)?I used a bit more than the recipe called for
  • 4 tablespoons butter at room temperature, melted
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 pound fresh mushrooms (cut off stems and discard)
If you have a nice heavy dutch oven, that is preferable otherwise a good stock pot is fine. I used my Le Cruset “weighs a ton” pot but it was perfect for this dish plus its French! ?Heat the olive oil and add the bacon, cook on medium until fairly crispy. Remove and drain bacon. Add cubed beef (after they have been rinsed, patted dry and sprinkled with sea salt and pepper) ?one layer at a time and sear the meat, this will take about 4-5 minutes, make sure its seared on all sides. Set aside with the bacon.?


Next, you will add carrots, onions, and either potatoes or turnips if you are using them along with salt and pepper to the fat in the pot and cook for about 15 minutes or until soft and onions are lightly browned. Then add garlic and cook for another minute or two. Next add Cognac…you then should take a match and light it right in the pot…STAND BACK while you do this and stare in awe at your budding creation! (This process burns off the alcohol)?

Next add the meat and bacon into the pot with the juices already in. Add the bottle of wine and beef broth, this mixture should pretty much cover the meat. Next add tomato paste and thyme. Simmer and then cover…at this point you can either cook it on the stove or transfer to a preheated oven (300 degrees) I cooked mine on the stove.?


After about an hour and a half, the meat will be fork tender. On the side, take 2 tbsp of butter and melt then mix with flour and add to stew. In a small saut? pan, melt additional 2 tbsp of butter and saut? mushrooms for about 5-10 minutes or until soft. Add to stew, bring to a brief boil and then simmer and cook for an additional 30 minutes. Season to taste. At the end, I add a few additional stalks of fresh thyme…get that baguette and wine ready and you are in for a divine treat!






Some store biz…..the napkin rings are the buzz word lately. Am up to my ears in these darling treasures, I just know they are going to become collectibles sooner than later. Very special pieces, click here to see them in my shop! Also met with?a vendor who sells to names like Ralph Lauren, Martha Stewart, Ritz Carlton and many famous designers. I was able to buy ?some of his gorgeous crystal and glass hurricanes, small vases,etc……they are really spectacular pieces and I am lucky enough to have a few already in my own home. They are very old looking which is why I love them but they are perfect because they are new! Mine are heavily discounted, and are available on a first come first serve basis. I have a limited quantity of a few crystal urns with tops, hurricanes and small crystal urns. Highly decorative and super elegant…take a look! Email me here if you are interested in any of these pieces. As I only have a few of each I am probably not going to be listing them on my online store.



This stands about 20″ tall and about 8″ wide

Gorgeous hand cut

The etching is all hand one….beautiful!

Very heavy and amazing quality.

And the darling napkin rings including a few newer ones…..

Also had been on the prowl for some chunky ginger jars that had a lot of white but had that antiqued look that is so desired well at last I found them…let me present the three newest family members to my growing blue and white family! How gorgeous are they? They are now up for sale in my online shop, click here to visit my blue and white porcelain shop.

And you might remember when I first opened my store, I had this ?STUNNING very Herend like tureen, I sold out right away but am happy to say I just scored two more tureeens and some of the beautiful decorative plates and a few pair of lamps. LOVE this pattern, so rich and elegant!

As always feel free to email me with any questions regarding any of my products/online store or for anything you might be looking for but cannot find. Click here to email me.




Finally I know like me, you love to see who took top prize for my Which would you choose series….so here’s the top three results for both the handbag edition and the recent front door post. What can I say you all have truly superb taste!!


? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? Top three for the handbags…each one soooo beautiful!

And the front door post…here’s the top three! Several were neck in neck, but no losers here!
The first two tied for first place…..

This one was a close second…
And this one a close third..it was fierce!
So did your favorite make it?

Still with me? Then read on about this amazing giveaway I am offering…….Want to win a $500 gift card from Homegoods??Its simple to enter….all you need to do is visit their newly?launched?Stylescope?by clicking here. Come back and tell me what style you are.?That’s it….you are automatically entered!? I will announce a lucky winner on Monday, Oct. 15th.

If you want a second chance, visit my online store, click here and come back to tell me an item that might find its way on your holiday list or you can let me know on?Facebook.

?Remember all anonymous users, if you don’t put your first name and last name initial you are not in the running!! Ditto for those who use only a first name, I must have your last name initial to include you. Best of luck…some lucky winner is going to have one fabulous shopping spree. Thanks?Homegoods! And thank you for stopping in…wishing everyone an enchanted day!






Mid week musings…..and a seriously fabulous giveaway!

Forewarning…as these posts tend to be, this is another long one. Somehow they grow from being average sized posts to mega marathons……. My advice? Dont’ read standing up, take an extra five minutes and relax, grab a cup of coffee and hope you enjoy!

Good Wednesday morning to you. I am so enjoying the nippier air that has finally taken over,  have had a lot of rain which does not make for great hair days but I am loving this cooler weather…. the leaves in this part of town are just now starting to turn ever so subtly. I figure in a few weeks it will be in its prime. How about in your neck of the woods? A lot of different areas to cover today, so lets begin shall we! Do not forget to read all the way to the bottom where I provide all the details for one heck of an exciting giveaway!!


Thought this little Hermes tidbit was sooo interesting! You just never know what your local postman is up to in his spare time…lol!

HERMES SCARVES’ ARTIST IS TEXAS POSTAL WORKER

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Hermes Scarves' Artist is Texas Postal Worker
Turns out the one behind the famous French fashion label’s limited edition scarves is not a trained Parisian artist, but a postal worker from Waco, Texas, named Kermit Oliver.

Oliver sifts mail during the day, and paints at night. According to the Texas Monthly, who recently did a revealing profile on the artist, noted that Oliver was discovered in the 1980s by then Hermes CEO Jean-Louis Dumas. He has since kept his job at the Post Office, preferring a simple and quieter life to one of fame and notoriety. His artwork, most well-known for its intricacy of design and depictions of flora, fauna, and exotic animals, is produced in limited edition. Over the past 30 years, he has designed 16 exquisite scarves for Hermes, each of which take anywhere from six to nine months to create. His exceptional designs are so sought after, that his scarves usually sell out immediately in stores, and if they do end up on eBay, sell for at least $800, according to the Texas Monthly. Hermes scarves usually sell for anywhere between $200-$500.

We’re off the to closest Michael’s crafts store to start getting creative ourselves!


I am sooooo excited and sooooo flattered to have gotten an email from Homegoods, yes as in that “mega  growing by leaps and bounds billion dollar company”, that Homegoods!! They emailed me to tell me I am one of their favorite blogs!! Imagine my delight, just drives home the point that you truly never know who is reading your blog! 

 Furthermore…..they also said that they were just launching their “stylescope‘ in which one can find out what their style is and for the classic choice, yours truly’s blog was the first choice for that category so The Enchanted Home will be a permanent fixture on their site!! It will be up any day now.
 I am  so excited and flattered…then to boot, we are going to be working on different things together. And to launch this new cozy friendship, they have so generously offered up my readers the chance to win a $500 gift card to any Homegoods in the U.S.! And you know that 500 big ones goes a long long way in their stores chock full of beautiful bargains! All details on bottom…thanks to my new bff I mean Homegoods!



Super excited to finally be getting our loggia flooring done! We were waiting for the ceiling to be completed and there were a few stone elements that weren’t done but alas they are done and the bluestone floor is in progress, VERY excited over this and I am ordering the furniture this week so hopefully we can enjoy a late fall/early winter cozied up next to the fireplace!! We chose Pennsylvania bluestone which is more even toned, less varied in the shading since we were going with a pattern, this made the most sense. Here’s a sneak peek of it in progress, hopefully by next week I can show you the big reveal!

In progress…….

A before…….

Always like to include recipes that I have  tried and loved  since I am believer in their magical powers…so have to share. Well friends, this is one such recipe. I promise you this is worth every chop, slice and hour that you put into it. Heavenly and the ultimate comfort food. I just made it and was hailed a hero.  Your family will deem you Julia Child worthy! Be sure to include crusty fresh bread……

BEEF BOURGUIGNON

  • About 3-4 tablespoons light virgin olive oil
  • 8 ounces bacon, chopped (1/2 a package)
  • 2 teaspoons garlic cloves, large chopped pieces (not too fine)
  • 1/2 cup Cognac
  • 1 bottle of good full bodied  red wine (ideally like Beaujolais, Cabernet or Burgundy)
  •  2 cups beef broth (I used Emerils box of beef stock which is a 32 oz box)
  • 1-2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2-2 1/2 pounds  beef cut into 1-inch cubes
  • Sea salt to taste
  • Fresh pepper
  • 1 pound carrots, cut to 1 inch (don’t use baby carrots, they are too soft)
  • 2 med.onions- thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves (1/2 teaspoon dried) I used a bit more than the recipe called for
  • 4 tablespoons butter at room temperature, melted
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 pound fresh mushrooms (cut off stems and discard)
If you have a nice heavy dutch oven, that is preferable otherwise a good stock pot is fine. I used my Le Cruset “weighs a ton” pot but it was perfect for this dish plus its French!  Heat the olive oil and add the bacon, cook on medium until fairly crispy. Remove and drain bacon. Add cubed beef (after they have been rinsed, patted dry and sprinkled with sea salt and pepper)  one layer at a time and sear the meat, this will take about 4-5 minutes, make sure its seared on all sides. Set aside with the bacon. 


Next, you will add carrots, onions, and either potatoes or turnips if you are using them along with salt and pepper to the fat in the pot and cook for about 15 minutes or until soft and onions are lightly browned. Then add garlic and cook for another minute or two. Next add Cognac…you then should take a match and light it right in the pot…STAND BACK while you do this and stare in awe at your budding creation! (This process burns off the alcohol) 

Next add the meat and bacon into the pot with the juices already in. Add the bottle of wine and beef broth, this mixture should pretty much cover the meat. Next add tomato paste and thyme. Simmer and then cover…at this point you can either cook it on the stove or transfer to a preheated oven (300 degrees) I cooked mine on the stove. 


After about an hour and a half, the meat will be fork tender. On the side, take 2 tbsp of butter and melt then mix with flour and add to stew. In a small saut? pan, melt additional 2 tbsp of butter and saut? mushrooms for about 5-10 minutes or until soft. Add to stew, bring to a brief boil and then simmer and cook for an additional 30 minutes. Season to taste. At the end, I add a few additional stalks of fresh thyme…get that baguette and wine ready and you are in for a divine treat!


Some store biz…..the napkin rings are the buzz word lately. Am up to my ears in these darling treasures, I just know they are going to become collectibles sooner than later. Very special pieces, click here to see them in my shop! Also met with a vendor who sells to names like Ralph Lauren, Martha Stewart, Ritz Carlton and many famous designers. I was able to buy  some of his gorgeous crystal and glass hurricanes, small vases,etc……they are really spectacular pieces and I am lucky enough to have a few already in my own home. They are very old looking which is why I love them but they are perfect because they are new! Mine are heavily discounted, and are available on a first come first serve basis. I have a limited quantity of a few crystal urns with tops, hurricanes and small crystal urns. Highly decorative and super elegant…take a look! Email me here if you are interested in any of these pieces. As I only have a few of each I am probably not going to be listing them on my online store.

This stands about 20″ tall and about 8″ wide

Gorgeous hand cut

The etching is all hand one….beautiful!

Very heavy and amazing quality.

And the darling napkin rings including a few newer ones…..

Also had been on the prowl for some chunky ginger jars that had a lot of white but had that antiqued look that is so desired well at last I found them…let me present the three newest family members to my growing blue and white family! How gorgeous are they? They are now up for sale in my online shop, click here to visit my blue and white porcelain shop.

And you might remember when I first opened my store, I had this  STUNNING very Herend like tureen, I sold out right away but am happy to say I just scored two more tureeens and some of the beautiful decorative plates and a few pair of lamps. LOVE this pattern, so rich and elegant!

As always feel free to email me with any questions regarding any of my products/online store or for anything you might be looking for but cannot find. Click here to email me.

Finally I know like me, you love to see who took top prize for my Which would you choose series….so here’s the top three results for both the handbag edition and the recent front door post. What can I say you all have truly superb taste!!
                                        Top three for the handbags…each one soooo beautiful!

And the front door post…here’s the top three! Several were neck in neck, but no losers here!
The first two tied for first place…..

This one was a close second…
And this one a close third..it was fierce!
So did your favorite make it?

Still with me? Then read on about this amazing giveaway I am offering…….Want to win a $500 gift card from Homegoods? Its simple to enter….all you need to do is visit their newly launched Stylescope by clicking here. Come back and tell me what style you are. That’s it….you are automatically entered!  I will announce a lucky winner on Monday, Oct. 15th.

If you want a second chance, visit my online store, click here and come back to tell me an item that might find its way on your holiday list or you can let me know on Facebook.

 Remember all anonymous users, if you don’t put your first name and last name initial you are not in the running!! Ditto for those who use only a first name, I must have your last name initial to include you. Best of luck…some lucky winner is going to have one fabulous shopping spree. Thanks Homegoods! And thank you for stopping in…wishing everyone an enchanted day!