A prayer for Newtown and my birthday recap…..


I start this post by saying my heart is heavy over the unspeakable tragedy in Newtown, and asking everyone to keep those affected in their prayers.?? Absolutely devastating and frankly hard to wrap my head around. For those families left behind dealing with the most unimaginable grief, I hope God will protect, bless and guide them during this dark time and in the difficult days ahead. My heart breaks for each of them. All we can do is keep them in our prayers, which I will continue to do.?

LAST DAY TO SUBMIT YOUR HOLIDAY PICTURES…….IT CAN BE OF YOUR TREE, YOUR HOME, YOUR GIFT WRAP, AS LONG AS ITS HOLIDAY RELATED! I WILL BE POSTING MY READERS SPECTACULAR IMAGES TOMORROW! YOU ARE IN FOR A ROYAL TREAT……SEND ME YOUR PICTURES TO THEENCHANTEDHOME@GMAIL.COM

As you know Friday was my birthday as well. I am glad I didn’t know about it beforehand, admittedly it would have been difficult to get into a celebratory mood knowing what was going on just a state away.? I first want to say thanks so much for the wonderful and warm birthday wishes and was so touched by your comments, emails and even a few E-cards!? I really had a wonderful day. It meant so much to have a “day off”, no pressure to run around, play mama elf and do a million things in a day, do anything other than allow myself to be wined and dined by those I love and who thankfully love me back:) My dear friend made a beautiful luncheon for me and five of my closest friends. It is more than apparent that she put a lot of love and care into this special day as these pictures will attest.

The food was amazing, the atmosphere picture perfect and holiday ready and the company bar none….being surrounded by my closest friends, who could ask for anything more! I gave out nutcracker ornaments as favors and then she showered each of us with a beautiful Ralph Lauren candle and giant gingerbread cookie! It was like Christmas 11 days early! Besides feeling very loved and cared for, it was fun to be in her stunning home all decked out for the holidays! So you know I love to share with you my comings and goings and I thought you would all enjoy seeing highlights from this special day…..

?Such a beautiful and elegant holiday/birthday tablescape!

?Her dining room is absolutely beautiful and you know I love that paper (and those jars)!
?Killer view…….
?Her 15 foot tree, its a stunner and could give Rockefeller Center a run for its money!
This is a beautiful vignette in browns and greens…love it!
?A peek into the kitchen
?Another angle of that amazing view….
This is such a pretty picture, don’t you think?

?Her elegant and warm butlers pantry…..
And for all you Gracie wallpaper fans……this is one stunning powder room!

?Coffee was served in these darling nutcracker mugs….
?How about this darling pair of lab fireplace fenders for her two labs, love this!

?Her beautiful new mohair chairs…….love the color!
?The pooches are partied out….they are ready for an afternoon siesta!
?Looking from the family room into the kitchen and breakfast room, such a pretty shot.
?My “favors” for each of my friends, a trio of nutcracker ornaments

?The ornaments that I gave out as favors….love nutcrackers!

?And the second favor! A beautiful Ralph Lauren candle and giant gingerbread cookie!

?The beautiful table setting, love the plaid, the gold and of course those darling napkin rings!

?There are the “party animals”
?Part of the spread to start….yummy cheese and a crudite

?A wonderful rose champagne, that just kept on flowing…I certainly didn’t say no!
?Pretty!

?Nutcrackers are everywhere….
I am getting hungry all over again!
?A wonderful really yummy pasta with fresh lemon and olive oil…soooooo good!
?And this lemon sole was heavenly!

?The colors are so pretty and warm
?Time for the “goodies”!
?My friend putting her last minute touches on her wonderful cooking!
This green tea ice cream was sooooo good, love the peppermint topping she put in for a little holiday cheer!
?And my special birthday cupcake….yum!

?And my beautiful gift, it was almost too pretty to open. I said almost, but I was able to oblige:)

Her beautiful welcoming family room…….pretty!

With a view like this, it was hard to get up and get back to our schedules…mesmerizing!

?

?

What a fabulous day!! Thank you so much for making me feel like one special lady! This was such a nice break from the chaotic days that I have had, and the perfect remedy to a crazy busy last few weeks. I feel recharged and ready to carry on with the holiday hustle bustle! Thanks for stopping by, hope you are getting through the holiday craziness OK……..I am taking it easy today, wrapping gifts but not even thinking of venturing into stores, supposed to stop by a holiday party a friend is having, and just catching my breath before I begin what will be a super busy week (I am determined to finish all my shopping no later than Wednesday)! Have a wonderful Sunday……


Photobucket

A prayer for Newtown and my birthday recap…..

I start this post by saying my heart is heavy over the unspeakable tragedy in Newtown, and asking everyone to keep those affected in their prayers.   Absolutely devastating and frankly hard to wrap my head around. For those families left behind dealing with the most unimaginable grief, I hope God will protect, bless and guide them during this dark time and in the difficult days ahead. My heart breaks for each of them. All we can do is keep them in our prayers, which I will continue to do. 

LAST DAY TO SUBMIT YOUR HOLIDAY PICTURES…….IT CAN BE OF YOUR TREE, YOUR HOME, YOUR GIFT WRAP, AS LONG AS ITS HOLIDAY RELATED! I WILL BE POSTING MY READERS SPECTACULAR IMAGES TOMORROW! YOU ARE IN FOR A ROYAL TREAT……SEND ME YOUR PICTURES TO THEENCHANTEDHOME@GMAIL.COM

As you know Friday was my birthday as well. I am glad I didn’t know about it beforehand, admittedly it would have been difficult to get into a celebratory mood knowing what was going on just a state away.  I first want to say thanks so much for the wonderful and warm birthday wishes and was so touched by your comments, emails and even a few E-cards!  I really had a wonderful day. It meant so much to have a “day off”, no pressure to run around, play mama elf and do a million things in a day, do anything other than allow myself to be wined and dined by those I love and who thankfully love me back:) My dear friend made a beautiful luncheon for me and five of my closest friends. It is more than apparent that she put a lot of love and care into this special day as these pictures will attest.

The food was amazing, the atmosphere picture perfect and holiday ready and the company bar none….being surrounded by my closest friends, who could ask for anything more! I gave out nutcracker ornaments as favors and then she showered each of us with a beautiful Ralph Lauren candle and giant gingerbread cookie! It was like Christmas 11 days early! Besides feeling very loved and cared for, it was fun to be in her stunning home all decked out for the holidays! So you know I love to share with you my comings and goings and I thought you would all enjoy seeing highlights from this special day…..

 Such a beautiful and elegant holiday/birthday tablescape!

 Her dining room is absolutely beautiful and you know I love that paper (and those jars)!
 Killer view…….
 Her 15 foot tree, its a stunner and could give Rockefeller Center a run for its money!
This is a beautiful vignette in browns and greens…love it!
 A peek into the kitchen
 Another angle of that amazing view….
This is such a pretty picture, don’t you think?

 Her elegant and warm butlers pantry…..
And for all you Gracie wallpaper fans……this is one stunning powder room!

 Coffee was served in these darling nutcracker mugs….
 How about this darling pair of lab fireplace fenders for her two labs, love this!

 Her beautiful new mohair chairs…….love the color!
 The pooches are partied out….they are ready for an afternoon siesta!
 Looking from the family room into the kitchen and breakfast room, such a pretty shot.
 My “favors” for each of my friends, a trio of nutcracker ornaments

 The ornaments that I gave out as favors….love nutcrackers!

 And the second favor! A beautiful Ralph Lauren candle and giant gingerbread cookie!

 The beautiful table setting, love the plaid, the gold and of course those darling napkin rings!

 There are the “party animals”
 Part of the spread to start….yummy cheese and a crudite

 A wonderful rose champagne, that just kept on flowing…I certainly didn’t say no!
 Pretty!

 Nutcrackers are everywhere….
I am getting hungry all over again!
 A wonderful really yummy pasta with fresh lemon and olive oil…soooooo good!
 And this lemon sole was heavenly!

 The colors are so pretty and warm
 Time for the “goodies”!
 My friend putting her last minute touches on her wonderful cooking!
This green tea ice cream was sooooo good, love the peppermint topping she put in for a little holiday cheer!
 And my special birthday cupcake….yum!

 And my beautiful gift, it was almost too pretty to open. I said almost, but I was able to oblige:)

Her beautiful welcoming family room…….pretty!

With a view like this, it was hard to get up and get back to our schedules…mesmerizing!

 

 
What a fabulous day!! Thank you so much for making me feel like one special lady! This was such a nice break from the chaotic days that I have had, and the perfect remedy to a crazy busy last few weeks. I feel recharged and ready to carry on with the holiday hustle bustle! Thanks for stopping by, hope you are getting through the holiday craziness OK……..I am taking it easy today, wrapping gifts but not even thinking of venturing into stores, supposed to stop by a holiday party a friend is having, and just catching my breath before I begin what will be a super busy week (I am determined to finish all my shopping no later than Wednesday)! Have a wonderful Sunday……
Photobucket

Party planning and mission accomplished!

One thing to my fellow bloggers…nearly had a heart attack when I signed on this morning to feedburner to change my delivery time to my subscribers and saw my thousands of subscribers GONE! Apparently this is a known problem that they are working on…so don’t be alarmed if you sign on and see the same thing.

Wow what a weekend! We had to go to the city Friday night for a function, but it was far from relaxing as the entire time my head was spinning with all had to do for my family party on Saturday….the drinks I still needed to buy, a market list a mile long, ?figuring out if I had the right amount of plates, do I have silverware for 50? Yep……panic mood ensued. Getting home never felt so?good as I sprang into action to do damage control. Things were better than I expected and I went to bed thinking I could pull it off.?


Sat woke up to beautiful skies and a fair dose of anxiety. Several hours later, after lots of little last minute errands and prepping, the party started coming together. I always allow myself to run around and stress up to a certain point, but I always (and this really works for me) set a time where I must be done with any errands and a time where I get my rest time. My ‘cut off” was 1 pm….and sure enough by that time I had no need to get back in my car. Everything I needed was done and at home…..woo hoo.




My other cutoff time was 4 and like clockwork I went up to my room and took a power nap (yes Mom I can admit that after all these years of you drilling that into me, they really do work)! So at about 5 I started prepping, getting all my appetizers under way, placing all the flowers where they needed to be, and basically getting the house all “prettied up”. I always get in the party mood when I get to this stage…….




I do not have any pictures to show you of the actual party……everything I must say looked so pretty. But I was so busy playing hostess that there wasn’t a second to reach for my camera and sneak a picture besides think it would have been awkward to be running around on a photo shoot….lol. Next time I need a photographer:) But here’s a recap of everything leading up to it………..






WARNING EXTREMELY PICTURE HEAVY, SIT BACK, GRAB ANOTHER CUP OF COFFEE!!



Any time I want to entertain it always has to start with the flowers. Always. Any excuse to buy flowers, especially my beloved white orchids! I do have a local florist who carries beautiful ones but I have taken to doing them myself lately……I get a lot of pleasure out of it. This time I actually did them in the trunk of my car…….yep it became a makeshift florist:)

Batch one of my flowers ready for their makeover…….

Containers galore and here we go!

A big bag of moss to the rescue….

And we are done…..time to bring them inside
Finding their new “homes”

All the silver getting wrapped up in pretty napkins…
Guess whats getting hung!!!! My new chandelier………….

Using the sideboard as a buffet for the dinner plates
And my new sconces got put up in the living room….well two of them, rest this week!
Got a mirror hung behind buffet
Moving to the front of the house……..
Of course I decorated the front of the house too….simple but I think very pretty

Loving the new softer colors of pumpkins…white, celadon and a pale melon….such neat colors!

And moving back ?inside………

?Even my two new dog paintings got hung………..

Love “dressing up” a vanity with all kinds of pretties……..

Don’t you love my new little cherub soap dish! Just added it to my online store…..

Peek into the pantry which was being used as a bar

One of my guests sent me this magnificent floral arrangement, its about 3 feet tall!

Surprise! Got my new chandelier up in the dining room and its perfect!!!!! I really love it…..brought down a pair of lamps from guest room just to use for the night

Another surprise…got my new sconces up in the living room….LOVE them!

Stunning aren’t they?

The room is far from done, you have to imagine it with the right chairs, getting a mantle finally and the gorgeous chinoiserie paper that will grace the walls

Used this small English console as a table to hold the appetizer plates
First tray getting put out….sushi always one of the first things to go

I had a small round table for a few stationary appetizers and we had passed hor?deuvres?too (thankfully some left over for a serious eating session later today)
Icing on the cake…waking up to some goodies waiting to be opened, flowers enough to open up my own little florist and a box of chocolates from one of my favorite shops……….

Look at the mini bananas in this arrangement!
So that’s a wrap for how things were on Saturday leading up to my family party. It was a lot of fun, all except for my poor sore feet that are paying the price of standing on them for too many hours so I will prop them up and take it easy today (of course while I am picking at all the leftovers lol). Hope you enjoy your day…gorgeous fall weather over here, loving it! Now excuse me while I go take inventory of the leftovers…………(absolute best part of a party)!


Photobucket

Party planning and mission accomplished!

One thing to my fellow bloggers…nearly had a heart attack when I signed on this morning to feedburner to change my delivery time to my subscribers and saw my thousands of subscribers GONE! Apparently this is a known problem that they are working on…so don’t be alarmed if you sign on and see the same thing.

Wow what a weekend! We had to go to the city Friday night for a function, but it was far from relaxing as the entire time my head was spinning with all had to do for my family party on Saturday….the drinks I still needed to buy, a market list a mile long,  figuring out if I had the right amount of plates, do I have silverware for 50? Yep……panic mood ensued. Getting home never felt so good as I sprang into action to do damage control. Things were better than I expected and I went to bed thinking I could pull it off. 
Sat woke up to beautiful skies and a fair dose of anxiety. Several hours later, after lots of little last minute errands and prepping, the party started coming together. I always allow myself to run around and stress up to a certain point, but I always (and this really works for me) set a time where I must be done with any errands and a time where I get my rest time. My ‘cut off” was 1 pm….and sure enough by that time I had no need to get back in my car. Everything I needed was done and at home…..woo hoo.
My other cutoff time was 4 and like clockwork I went up to my room and took a power nap (yes Mom I can admit that after all these years of you drilling that into me, they really do work)! So at about 5 I started prepping, getting all my appetizers under way, placing all the flowers where they needed to be, and basically getting the house all “prettied up”. I always get in the party mood when I get to this stage…….
I do not have any pictures to show you of the actual party……everything I must say looked so pretty. But I was so busy playing hostess that there wasn’t a second to reach for my camera and sneak a picture besides think it would have been awkward to be running around on a photo shoot….lol. Next time I need a photographer:) But here’s a recap of everything leading up to it………..
WARNING EXTREMELY PICTURE HEAVY, SIT BACK, GRAB ANOTHER CUP OF COFFEE!!

Any time I want to entertain it always has to start with the flowers. Always. Any excuse to buy flowers, especially my beloved white orchids! I do have a local florist who carries beautiful ones but I have taken to doing them myself lately……I get a lot of pleasure out of it. This time I actually did them in the trunk of my car…….yep it became a makeshift florist:)

Batch one of my flowers ready for their makeover…….

Containers galore and here we go!

A big bag of moss to the rescue….

And we are done…..time to bring them inside
Finding their new “homes”

All the silver getting wrapped up in pretty napkins…
Guess whats getting hung!!!! My new chandelier………….

Using the sideboard as a buffet for the dinner plates
And my new sconces got put up in the living room….well two of them, rest this week!
Got a mirror hung behind buffet
Moving to the front of the house……..
Of course I decorated the front of the house too….simple but I think very pretty

Loving the new softer colors of pumpkins…white, celadon and a pale melon….such neat colors!

And moving back  inside………

 Even my two new dog paintings got hung………..

Love “dressing up” a vanity with all kinds of pretties……..

Don’t you love my new little cherub soap dish! Just added it to my online store…..

Peek into the pantry which was being used as a bar

One of my guests sent me this magnificent floral arrangement, its about 3 feet tall!

Surprise! Got my new chandelier up in the dining room and its perfect!!!!! I really love it…..brought down a pair of lamps from guest room just to use for the night

Another surprise…got my new sconces up in the living room….LOVE them!

Stunning aren’t they?

The room is far from done, you have to imagine it with the right chairs, getting a mantle finally and the gorgeous chinoiserie paper that will grace the walls

Used this small English console as a table to hold the appetizer plates
First tray getting put out….sushi always one of the first things to go

I had a small round table for a few stationary appetizers and we had passed hor deuvres too (thankfully some left over for a serious eating session later today)
Icing on the cake…waking up to some goodies waiting to be opened, flowers enough to open up my own little florist and a box of chocolates from one of my favorite shops……….

Look at the mini bananas in this arrangement!
So that’s a wrap for how things were on Saturday leading up to my family party. It was a lot of fun, all except for my poor sore feet that are paying the price of standing on them for too many hours so I will prop them up and take it easy today (of course while I am picking at all the leftovers lol). Hope you enjoy your day…gorgeous fall weather over here, loving it! Now excuse me while I go take inventory of the leftovers…………(absolute best part of a party)!

Photobucket

Which would you choose and we have a winner!

Good morning, hope you had a wonderful weekend. Ours was good, busy and it officially felt like summer! Went on our friends boat and went to a wonderful seafood restaurant, attended a graduation party, played tennis, tis’ the season!
Before I get going with the Which would you choose for this week, I want to announce the lucky winner of the dough bowl…….a big hearty congratulations to-

Prize ID Winner ID Public Info Private Info Random Sorting ID Weight
1: Dough bowl 2205630 Ispirato Design 018DAA67-1D02-4236-BA67-157CE76EFF2E 1

Please email me and provide your shipping details, this bad boy will be on its way to you soon!

Moving along to the post today, this weeks Which would you choose, you get to choose a powder room. Imagine you are having a party and you want a powder room that will wow all of your guests. What are the ingredients that make up a beautiful powder room to you? What about stlye of powder room? ?Formal? Coastal? More rustic? Sleek? Charming and cozy? ?Would love to know what excites you………so have a look and let me know if one of these pretties could be instantly transported into your home, which one would you be having the powder room fairies make appear!

? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? CHOICE 1

CHOICE 2
CHOICE 3
CHOICE 4
CHOICE 5
CHOICE 6
CHOICE 7
CHOICE 8
CHOICE 9
CHOICE 10
CHOICE 11
CHOICE 12
CHOICE 13
CHOICE 14
CHOICE 15
CHOICE 16
Well I think there’s a little something for everyone, no matter what your taste! It will be fun to see if there’s a clear cut winner as there sometimes is, or if several vy for the top spot. Would love to?know what you think and in general what makes up a pretty powder room? Do tell!
Wishing you a fabulous day.

Photobucket

Which would you choose and we have a winner!

Good morning, hope you had a wonderful weekend. Ours was good, busy and it officially felt like summer! Went on our friends boat and went to a wonderful seafood restaurant, attended a graduation party, played tennis, tis’ the season!
Before I get going with the Which would you choose for this week, I want to announce the lucky winner of the dough bowl…….a big hearty congratulations to-

Prize ID Winner ID Public Info Private Info Random Sorting ID Weight
1: Dough bowl 2205630 Ispirato Design 018DAA67-1D02-4236-BA67-157CE76EFF2E 1

Please email me and provide your shipping details, this bad boy will be on its way to you soon!

Moving along to the post today, this weeks Which would you choose, you get to choose a powder room. Imagine you are having a party and you want a powder room that will wow all of your guests. What are the ingredients that make up a beautiful powder room to you? What about stlye of powder room?  Formal? Coastal? More rustic? Sleek? Charming and cozy?  Would love to know what excites you………so have a look and let me know if one of these pretties could be instantly transported into your home, which one would you be having the powder room fairies make appear!

                                                                  CHOICE 1

CHOICE 2
CHOICE 3
CHOICE 4
CHOICE 5
CHOICE 6
CHOICE 7
CHOICE 8
CHOICE 9
CHOICE 10
CHOICE 11
CHOICE 12
CHOICE 13
CHOICE 14
CHOICE 15
CHOICE 16
Well I think there’s a little something for everyone, no matter what your taste! It will be fun to see if there’s a clear cut winner as there sometimes is, or if several vy for the top spot. Would love to know what you think and in general what makes up a pretty powder room? Do tell!
Wishing you a fabulous day.

Photobucket