2 new giveaways and random musings!

Hello and Happy Sunday Dec. 15th….yikes! Time is flying…and boy is time a luxury these days, the holiday crunch is officially on. Notice my new banner? I said I would use both banners for the month of December, so this one will be for the remainder..so pretty and so appropriate given we have snow on the ground.

Yesterday was my birthday! We got a snowstorm which made it awfully cozy and the snow was a great excuse to stay in and enjoy all the birthday phone calls, gifts and even a few flower deliveries:) I felt special and we got out (in the snow) for dinner with friends, last night which was a nice break from the increasingly busy days.? I apologize to my many blog friends whose blogs I haven’t had a lot of time to visit…I promise I will be back and will have such fun seeing what I have missed. I will be posting a bit less in the next two weeks as I prepare for family coming in, my family Christmas party and Christmas in general but hope to post at least twice a week. You know blogland is my happy place!

?I must say I am thrilled to be done with the bulk of my decorating and gift buying, that in itself is the biggest Christmas gift I could possibly receive! But still have a good amount to do, having it snow all day yesterday? did not help, on the other hand it forced me inside and I got done nearly all my decorating and am up to date on my gift wrapping so all was not lost.

Excited to announce not but two wonderful giveaways…told you there would be one every week until Christmas and the fun continues. Two of my most favorite things too….chocolate and makeup!

?GIVEAWAY #1. The first is a fabulous new book giveaway form the queen of makeup, Judith August, the makeup artist to the stars. Her new book just came out and is getting all kinds of rave reviews, it shares all of Judith’s inside secrets to looking absolutely flawless..now tell me, who wouldn’t want to know that! You would be hard pressed to find a top makeup artist who does not count on Judith August products for getting the job done!

?On top of the book,? the lucky winner will get to choose one product from her amazing line of products to be included with the book. Visit Judith by clicking here and take a look at the line, come back here and tell me an item you would love to have. Want a second chance? Visit her Facebook by clicking here and leave a comment (be sure to add your are visiting from The Enchanted Home). Thank you Judith August!

GIVEAWAY #2. The second giveaway is something near and dear to my heart….candy specifically chocolate. Sucre of New Orleans is a New Orleans institution for fine chocolates, macaroons, king cakes and just about any other sweet confection your sweet tooth can dream up. If you are looking for a last minute heavenly gift, then consider giving a box of their famous chocolates or macaroons to a lucky recipient. They have so kindly offered a giveaway for all those sweet lovers out there! One lucky winner will need to adjust her waistband and make room for these delectable goodies!

To enter visit Sucre by clicking here,? come back here and tell us something you would love to try. Want a second chance? Visit Sucre on Facebook here and tell them what you love (be sure to add you are from The Enchanted Home), I will announce a lucky winner for both on Wednesday. Thanks Sucre!!

All this talk about food and beauty has me hungry and feeling like I need a makeover!? I think after the hustle and bustle of the holidays….I won’t need any candy but will need a makeover:) Though I think I could make an exception for a box from Sucre:)

Of course mostly I am busy with all things Christmas around here but there are some other exciting things going too. The MOST exciting thing to happen in a very long time was drumroll….I GOT MY CARPETING IN MY BEDROOM!!! You cannot imagine how in love with it I am, its a total love affair.

I never knew carpeting could excite me this much. But the room is totally transformed. It feels so warm and cozy now…..not barren and cold. I am going to show you a snippet but will wait for a full reveal when the room is completed. And believe me I am super motivated now that the carpeting has at long last arrived and is installed…….

I LOVE snow pictures. Had to whip out my camera during this last snowfall……

Two posts I really really enjoyed this past week. If you have a few extra minutes, you must read these! One will make you laugh until your belly aches and the other will make you cry from the sheer beauty and the poignant message. I promise you will not be disappointed!!

Lovely Anita from Castles Crowns and Cottages posted on “We are not alone” , it will give you chills, tears of joy and a sense of inner warmth…I promise!! Crank up the music as you read her post, I get goosebumps just thinking of it!

http://wwwcastlescrownscottages.blogspot.com/2013/12/were-not-alone.html

And hysterical Kate of Preppy Empty Nester will have you rolling and laughing hysterically. Click here if you need a great laugh.? I laughed so hard that my son came in from the other room prepared to call 911, wondering who the crazy laughing hyena was in the next room:)

http://preppyemptynester.blogspot.com/2013/12/dudes-aha-moment-giveaway.html

I LOVE when my readers and customers send me their pictures of things they have bought from me. I had to share these recent submissions…just too pretty to not share!

?A reader was inspired after seeing my powder room wallpaper and used it in her gogerous dining room….wow!! I love this paper so much even to this day:)

?Talented Anita bought this cake plateau and transformed it into a work of art featuring a totally charming Christmas scene as only Anita can!

Love the way Emily of Splendid Market packaged the beautiful silver serving pieces she bought from me…who wouldn’t want to receive such an elegant gift!

Love how my reader used the French chef jars she got from me….perfection!

Did some more tweaking with my decor, its a month long process:)? Added a pretty festive feeling vignette to my antique secretary. Got some more gifts wrapped…am up to date until my next batch of gifts arrives to get wrapped. I had fun adding satin ribbon to literally every package and fun pretty little embellishments….I was unstoppable yesterday:)

Added this large blue and white bowl with huge sugar pine cones and a few berries and evergreen

?Created a little Christmas cheer on the antique secretary….

And a picture of my nearly finished Christmas tree with some gifts (at long last) underneath it and love how you can see the shimmering lights beyond my front door…an advantage to putting it in the foyer


And finally I announced two days ago my contest “Christmas Magic”. Now collecting pictures, details below….

?I also want to announce the start of my final contest for 2013, “Christmas magic”. I will be collecting pictures as of today through Jan. 1st. I will hold the contest on Jan. 4-6th and announce the winner(s) on Jan 7th. As the name implies….please send your pictures of anything Christmas related, your decorated front door, a beautifully wrapped gift, a table set with your Christmas finest, your darling kids and pets are always a hit, whatever the name “Christmas magic” means to you! Since my “Hooray for the Holidays” post included some Christmas pictures, if you would like to use the entry you used for that please just email me to let me know and I will be happy to include it. I cannot wait to start getting your entries!! Remember-

  • 2 entries per person (they must be your pictures, not downloaded from internet)
  • Please in subject line when you email me put Christmas Magic (get tons of emails )
Please email your pictures to theenchantedhome@gmail.com?

Thanks so much for stopping in, wishing you a wonderful, relaxing and calm day…I know it’s a crazy time of year but it is so important to afford ourselves little breaks and self imposed “time outs”. Enjoy the rest of your weekend….ho ho ho!

2 new giveaways and random musings!

Hello and Happy Sunday Dec. 15th….yikes! Time is flying…and boy is time a luxury these days, the holiday crunch is officially on. Notice my new banner? I said I would use both banners for the month of December, so this one will be for the remainder..so pretty and so appropriate given we have snow on the ground.

Yesterday was my birthday! We got a snowstorm which made it awfully cozy and the snow was a great excuse to stay in and enjoy all the birthday phone calls, gifts and even a few flower deliveries:) I felt special and we got out (in the snow) for dinner with friends, last night which was a nice break from the increasingly busy days.  I apologize to my many blog friends whose blogs I haven’t had a lot of time to visit…I promise I will be back and will have such fun seeing what I have missed. I will be posting a bit less in the next two weeks as I prepare for family coming in, my family Christmas party and Christmas in general but hope to post at least twice a week. You know blogland is my happy place!

 I must say I am thrilled to be done with the bulk of my decorating and gift buying, that in itself is the biggest Christmas gift I could possibly receive! But still have a good amount to do, having it snow all day yesterday  did not help, on the other hand it forced me inside and I got done nearly all my decorating and am up to date on my gift wrapping so all was not lost.

Excited to announce not but two wonderful giveaways…told you there would be one every week until Christmas and the fun continues. Two of my most favorite things too….chocolate and makeup!

 GIVEAWAY #1. The first is a fabulous new book giveaway form the queen of makeup, Judith August, the makeup artist to the stars. Her new book just came out and is getting all kinds of rave reviews, it shares all of Judith’s inside secrets to looking absolutely flawless..now tell me, who wouldn’t want to know that! You would be hard pressed to find a top makeup artist who does not count on Judith August products for getting the job done!

 On top of the book,  the lucky winner will get to choose one product from her amazing line of products to be included with the book. Visit Judith by clicking here and take a look at the line, come back here and tell me an item you would love to have. Want a second chance? Visit her Facebook by clicking here and leave a comment (be sure to add your are visiting from The Enchanted Home). Thank you Judith August!

GIVEAWAY #2. The second giveaway is something near and dear to my heart….candy specifically chocolate. Sucre of New Orleans is a New Orleans institution for fine chocolates, macaroons, king cakes and just about any other sweet confection your sweet tooth can dream up. If you are looking for a last minute heavenly gift, then consider giving a box of their famous chocolates or macaroons to a lucky recipient. They have so kindly offered a giveaway for all those sweet lovers out there! One lucky winner will need to adjust her waistband and make room for these delectable goodies!

To enter visit Sucre by clicking here,  come back here and tell us something you would love to try. Want a second chance? Visit Sucre on Facebook here and tell them what you love (be sure to add you are from The Enchanted Home), I will announce a lucky winner for both on Wednesday. Thanks Sucre!!

All this talk about food and beauty has me hungry and feeling like I need a makeover!  I think after the hustle and bustle of the holidays….I won’t need any candy but will need a makeover:) Though I think I could make an exception for a box from Sucre:)

Of course mostly I am busy with all things Christmas around here but there are some other exciting things going too. The MOST exciting thing to happen in a very long time was drumroll….I GOT MY CARPETING IN MY BEDROOM!!! You cannot imagine how in love with it I am, its a total love affair.

I never knew carpeting could excite me this much. But the room is totally transformed. It feels so warm and cozy now…..not barren and cold. I am going to show you a snippet but will wait for a full reveal when the room is completed. And believe me I am super motivated now that the carpeting has at long last arrived and is installed…….

I LOVE snow pictures. Had to whip out my camera during this last snowfall……

Two posts I really really enjoyed this past week. If you have a few extra minutes, you must read these! One will make you laugh until your belly aches and the other will make you cry from the sheer beauty and the poignant message. I promise you will not be disappointed!!

Lovely Anita from Castles Crowns and Cottages posted on “We are not alone” , it will give you chills, tears of joy and a sense of inner warmth…I promise!! Crank up the music as you read her post, I get goosebumps just thinking of it!

http://wwwcastlescrownscottages.blogspot.com/2013/12/were-not-alone.html

And hysterical Kate of Preppy Empty Nester will have you rolling and laughing hysterically. Click here if you need a great laugh.  I laughed so hard that my son came in from the other room prepared to call 911, wondering who the crazy laughing hyena was in the next room:)

http://preppyemptynester.blogspot.com/2013/12/dudes-aha-moment-giveaway.html

I LOVE when my readers and customers send me their pictures of things they have bought from me. I had to share these recent submissions…just too pretty to not share!

 A reader was inspired after seeing my powder room wallpaper and used it in her gogerous dining room….wow!! I love this paper so much even to this day:)

 Talented Anita bought this cake plateau and transformed it into a work of art featuring a totally charming Christmas scene as only Anita can!

Love the way Emily of Splendid Market packaged the beautiful silver serving pieces she bought from me…who wouldn’t want to receive such an elegant gift!

Love how my reader used the French chef jars she got from me….perfection!

Did some more tweaking with my decor, its a month long process:)  Added a pretty festive feeling vignette to my antique secretary. Got some more gifts wrapped…am up to date until my next batch of gifts arrives to get wrapped. I had fun adding satin ribbon to literally every package and fun pretty little embellishments….I was unstoppable yesterday:)

Added this large blue and white bowl with huge sugar pine cones and a few berries and evergreen

 Created a little Christmas cheer on the antique secretary….

And a picture of my nearly finished Christmas tree with some gifts (at long last) underneath it and love how you can see the shimmering lights beyond my front door…an advantage to putting it in the foyer


And finally I announced two days ago my contest “Christmas Magic”. Now collecting pictures, details below….

 I also want to announce the start of my final contest for 2013, “Christmas magic”. I will be collecting pictures as of today through Jan. 1st. I will hold the contest on Jan. 4-6th and announce the winner(s) on Jan 7th. As the name implies….please send your pictures of anything Christmas related, your decorated front door, a beautifully wrapped gift, a table set with your Christmas finest, your darling kids and pets are always a hit, whatever the name “Christmas magic” means to you! Since my “Hooray for the Holidays” post included some Christmas pictures, if you would like to use the entry you used for that please just email me to let me know and I will be happy to include it. I cannot wait to start getting your entries!! Remember-

  • 2 entries per person (they must be your pictures, not downloaded from internet)
  • Please in subject line when you email me put Christmas Magic (get tons of emails )
Please email your pictures to theenchantedhome@gmail.com 

Thanks so much for stopping in, wishing you a wonderful, relaxing and calm day…I know it’s a crazy time of year but it is so important to afford ourselves little breaks and self imposed “time outs”. Enjoy the rest of your weekend….ho ho ho!

A winner of fall fabulous, a new contest and an award!!

Good Sunday morning to you! Hope you are having a nice weekend…the weather turned out spectacular here which kind of disappointed me because i had plans to go to Vermont and originally they were calling for Sat. to be a bit of a washout…boy they were wrong,? it turned out to be an incredible weather day. Only upside is I was able to catch my sons game! So all was not lost, may head up there next week really want to catch the tail end of the magnificent one and only fall foliage, to me it just doesn’t get any prettier than fall in New England.

So first thanks a million to all of those who participated in my “Fall fabulous contest”. It was overwhelming to get so many incredible images!! I truly wish I had a prize for everyone. As most of you know, I had difficulty with not one but two of the polls, both which had to be removed and therefore the votes canceled. Then I resorted to the old fashioned way by having everyone leave a comment with their choices. It was a pain, yes I know (for both of us) but it made things as fair as they can be. Promise by next contest to hopefully have an accurate glitch free poll up and running!

Without further ado, here is the unmistakable winner with over 70 votes, congratulations to……

Cannell Dillard, this is picture perfect indeed and really does say “fall fabulous”! Congratulations on a spectacular shot!
A close second with over 50 votes was this glorious shot….
And a few honorable mentions in order of votes….

Cannell Dillard, please contact me with your information to claim your prize. I am offering either the gorgeous wood and pewter nut bowl or a monogrammed carving board bearing your name! Email me at theenchantedhome@gmail.com

or

Moving along…..I think its a great time to announce my November contest, this way it will give you a few weeks to send in your pictures. My contest theme for November is not surprisingly “Blue and white love“. You know what that means..send in your pictures of your blue and white anything…however you love to display it or use it in your home, your favorite vignette, a beautifully displayed ginger jar, your plate collection….whatever it may be.

Max. 2 pictures per entrant, please in subject line of email put “Blue and white love”. I will collect pictures up until Nov. 1st . The contest will run on Nov. 4th for 2 days. Thanks in advance and I cannot wait to start receiving your pictures…I? know they will be fabulous! Email me your pictures to theenchantedhome@gmail.com.

Finally I had posted this wonderful Sunshine award post bestowed upon me by the wonderful Kate from Preppy Empty Nester but unfortunately had to remove it the same day (and unfortunately all comments attached to it)? to repost the fall contest (it was a crazy few days) so here it is again…….

I was so delighted to receive the Sunshine award last week, so much so that I treated myself to a pasta lunch with a little dessert to celebrate of course!!!!? What made it even sweeter was that it was bestowed upon me by power blogger, glamour woman, queen of funny….yes I am talking about the infamous Kate of Preppy Empty Nester, the one and only. The idea behind it is to answer the 10 questions? she asked of me and pass it along to ten other bloggers with my own set of 10 questions. It took some time and thinking to get this done but it was a fun exercise and I am happy to present my portion of this award as well as? my list of questions I am passing along…

Hope you will participate (at your leisure) and pass it along, its fun and a creative way to get to know more about other bloggers……

So here is what Kate asked me-

1. ?You ladies are all creative and talented.? What was the biggest blooper that you made while decorating?

?Way back when I was a newlywed, I had decided, because I had a “revelation” that we just had to have our master bedroom (all 25 sq feet of it, living in NYC)? painted “blush” (relative word). However my little swatch of “delicate pink” proved to explode when on the walls. I left in the morning handing the paint can to the painter as I trotted off to work all smug about my design finesse at 21, and came home literally walking into a bottle of Pepto Bismol. The pink was so incredibly strong that it almost made me faint from the “pinkness”. Needless to say my painter was back the next day, painting the walls a boring white:) I was humbled right back to being a 21 one newbie.


2. ?Which child is your favorite?
KIDDING!!!!!! ?Just wanted to make sure you were paying attention.

Funny! However on pondering this question…..on some days the scary thing is I might actually be able to answer this question….lol



2. ?What is your favorite movie and song of all time??

Honestly I do not have one, are you kidding? One???? Sorry! But a few- yes,? I can manage that…..The English Patient, Sense and Sensability, It’s Complicated, Horse Whisperer, Sabrina and Roman Holiday, Atonement, The Devil wears Prada, Somethings Gotta Give, Anna Karenia, Doctor Zvhivago, geez…I could go on.


Songs- When I need a good cry “Everybody hurts” by R.E.M or “Hurt” by Christina Aguilera, both hauntingly beautiful songs.? I love Ava Maria, enjoy my fair share of current pop music, most music by Coldplay, Midnight Sonata….love Bossa Nova, what can I say with my musical genius I love and embrace it all (sad thing is I am the only one who thinks I am a good singer)



3. ?If you wrote a memoir, what would the title be??

How about “An Enchanted life”??


4. ?What has been one of your most embarrassing moments??

?Wow I have a lot of those :)? One recent one was one morning frantically trying to get my son to school on time, I could not find my keys (I know you all can relate) so we decided to take my sons nifty little car. Yes as in one that is so high tech I have no idea how to turn it on and freak out when I think its stalling at lights by turning off when in fact its supposed to do that:)?

So we pull up to his school, (private conservative school that is) and he runs out to class and the car goes off with yours truly sitting behind the wheel. Somehow I press a button and the ignition shuts off. I have no idea how to get the car going and as I am trying hard to not look like too much of an idiot, the school headmaster walks by with a group of administrators and as they pass I hit the magic button and the car goes on but not without the preprogrammed music (rap music) my son has set to come on automatically when the car starts so loud I am certain those in the next county can hear it. So deafening, it obviously caused them to turn around and stare at little ‘ol me in this car with this music so loud and the saddest thing was I didn’t know how to turn it off, that was the worst part of all! So not only did I look like a 40 something year old loser having a serious identity crisis but I? was a surly “in your face” one too….by not turning it down. I was dying of embarrassment! Finally figured it out, slouched into? my seat and drove away with my tail between my legs:)?


5. ?What is your biggest regret? ?I don’t mind hearing juicy details. ?

Not having had a fourth child. I know, I know its crazy to some but since I am still in my 40’s I feel too young to become an empty nester next year (boo hoo) and would sooooo love to have a younger child right now.?



6. ?If you were awarded an all expenses paid vacation for two weeks where would you go? ?Don’t get any ideas… this is not tied into a give away. ?

Thanks Kate, your treat? Well…….I do want to go to Greece, Turkey and Tuscany. So how about all three….no worries I can manage to take off a little extra time to make it happen 🙂



7. ?How many homes have you lived in? ?Which one was your favorite??

I have lived in 1 apartment and 4 homes including this one. (have to say this one is my favorite) but I do have some really fabulous memories in each of my others of a time when my? kids were younger, and the house felt “fuller” (translates to louder and messier)? etc…….but it’s all good.



8. ?If you could sit next to any famous celebrity on a 5-hour flight, who would it be??

Well,? maybe Nancy Meyers because I just know after a 5 hour flight she would want me to become her partner in her next movie, no make that she would be begging me to become her partner, hey give her credit for recognizing sheer genius when she meets it. If I were a producer…seriously she is the one I would most like to be. I love her style, aesthetic and take on “feel good” movies….Somethings Gotta Give, Its complicated, The Parent trap, The holiday, need I go on?


9. ?What would your friends say are your 3 best qualities??

Kindness, generosity and humility. Of course I am most inspired to be all those things to my friends who make it so worth the effort (you? know I love you)!


10. ?Why do you blog??

Because I so enjoy the personal connections I make with so many that I would otherwise likely not meet. It is a creative outlet for me to express my love for design and its opened up so many wonderful doors. and I of course, have to admit, I also love the free loot.?


Blogging has become my happy place (I call it cheap therapy) . Even when I am having a rough day, the world seems right again when I enter blogland…..its filled with so many amazing like minded people. Its been wonderful and is a virtual classroom, cannot tell you how it has opened my eyes and taught me to much.

The biggest perk you ask? Of course we all know….meeting Kate. (you can send me the money via Paypal Kate) lol..

?Kate being coy………


Thank you Kate! Now it my turn to come up with 10 juicy questions and pass them along however instead of selecting 10 bloggers I am opening them up to any blogger that wants to participate (there are so many great ones), the more the merrier!! Here are my questions for you……..


1. If you had to move to another country for a year, where would you go? Why?

2.You are having a dinner party with a table of? famous people (past and present). Who will be lucky enough to sit on either side of you?

3. What are two things in this world that are “must do’s”on your bucket list?

4, What is one of your weaknesses and one strength? (comfort and junk food included)!

5. One of your most dreaded household chores?

6. Something most of us don’t know about you…..

7. Fill in the blank, I wouldn’t be caught dead wearing……….

8. Have you ever won a trophy? If so for what, do tell!

9. What is your best dish? (feel free to brag)!

10. Be honest…have you ever faked an accent?

I do hope whoever this appeals to will participate and let me know if you do! I love reading more about my favorite bloggers:) Thanks Kate!?

Thanks for stopping in, wishing you a wonderful and relaxing Sunday. Many thanks once again to all those who sent in their beautiful fall pictures! They were so enjoyed and I will no doubt go back to that post again and again to enjoy all the beauty and inspiration. I cannot wait to get in your blue and white pictures! Until tomorrow……

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A winner of fall fabulous, a new contest and an award!!

Good Sunday morning to you! Hope you are having a nice weekend…the weather turned out spectacular here which kind of disappointed me because i had plans to go to Vermont and originally they were calling for Sat. to be a bit of a washout…boy they were wrong,  it turned out to be an incredible weather day. Only upside is I was able to catch my sons game! So all was not lost, may head up there next week really want to catch the tail end of the magnificent one and only fall foliage, to me it just doesn’t get any prettier than fall in New England.

So first thanks a million to all of those who participated in my “Fall fabulous contest”. It was overwhelming to get so many incredible images!! I truly wish I had a prize for everyone. As most of you know, I had difficulty with not one but two of the polls, both which had to be removed and therefore the votes canceled. Then I resorted to the old fashioned way by having everyone leave a comment with their choices. It was a pain, yes I know (for both of us) but it made things as fair as they can be. Promise by next contest to hopefully have an accurate glitch free poll up and running!

Without further ado, here is the unmistakable winner with over 70 votes, congratulations to……

Cannell Dillard, this is picture perfect indeed and really does say “fall fabulous”! Congratulations on a spectacular shot!
A close second with over 50 votes was this glorious shot….
And a few honorable mentions in order of votes….

Cannell Dillard, please contact me with your information to claim your prize. I am offering either the gorgeous wood and pewter nut bowl or a monogrammed carving board bearing your name! Email me at theenchantedhome@gmail.com

or

Moving along…..I think its a great time to announce my November contest, this way it will give you a few weeks to send in your pictures. My contest theme for November is not surprisingly “Blue and white love“. You know what that means..send in your pictures of your blue and white anything…however you love to display it or use it in your home, your favorite vignette, a beautifully displayed ginger jar, your plate collection….whatever it may be.

Max. 2 pictures per entrant, please in subject line of email put “Blue and white love”. I will collect pictures up until Nov. 1st . The contest will run on Nov. 4th for 2 days. Thanks in advance and I cannot wait to start receiving your pictures…I  know they will be fabulous! Email me your pictures to theenchantedhome@gmail.com.

Finally I had posted this wonderful Sunshine award post bestowed upon me by the wonderful Kate from Preppy Empty Nester but unfortunately had to remove it the same day (and unfortunately all comments attached to it)  to repost the fall contest (it was a crazy few days) so here it is again…….

I was so delighted to receive the Sunshine award last week, so much so that I treated myself to a pasta lunch with a little dessert to celebrate of course!!!!  What made it even sweeter was that it was bestowed upon me by power blogger, glamour woman, queen of funny….yes I am talking about the infamous Kate of Preppy Empty Nester, the one and only. The idea behind it is to answer the 10 questions  she asked of me and pass it along to ten other bloggers with my own set of 10 questions. It took some time and thinking to get this done but it was a fun exercise and I am happy to present my portion of this award as well as  my list of questions I am passing along…

Hope you will participate (at your leisure) and pass it along, its fun and a creative way to get to know more about other bloggers……

So here is what Kate asked me-

1.  You ladies are all creative and talented.  What was the biggest blooper that you made while decorating?

 Way back when I was a newlywed, I had decided, because I had a “revelation” that we just had to have our master bedroom (all 25 sq feet of it, living in NYC)  painted “blush” (relative word). However my little swatch of “delicate pink” proved to explode when on the walls. I left in the morning handing the paint can to the painter as I trotted off to work all smug about my design finesse at 21, and came home literally walking into a bottle of Pepto Bismol. The pink was so incredibly strong that it almost made me faint from the “pinkness”. Needless to say my painter was back the next day, painting the walls a boring white:) I was humbled right back to being a 21 one newbie.


2.  Which child is your favorite?
KIDDING!!!!!!  Just wanted to make sure you were paying attention.

Funny! However on pondering this question…..on some days the scary thing is I might actually be able to answer this question….lol



2.  What is your favorite movie and song of all time? 

Honestly I do not have one, are you kidding? One???? Sorry! But a few- yes,  I can manage that…..The English Patient, Sense and Sensability, It’s Complicated, Horse Whisperer, Sabrina and Roman Holiday, Atonement, The Devil wears Prada, Somethings Gotta Give, Anna Karenia, Doctor Zvhivago, geez…I could go on.


Songs- When I need a good cry “Everybody hurts” by R.E.M or “Hurt” by Christina Aguilera, both hauntingly beautiful songs.  I love Ava Maria, enjoy my fair share of current pop music, most music by Coldplay, Midnight Sonata….love Bossa Nova, what can I say with my musical genius I love and embrace it all (sad thing is I am the only one who thinks I am a good singer)



3.  If you wrote a memoir, what would the title be? 

How about “An Enchanted life”? 


4.  What has been one of your most embarrassing moments? 

 Wow I have a lot of those 🙂  One recent one was one morning frantically trying to get my son to school on time, I could not find my keys (I know you all can relate) so we decided to take my sons nifty little car. Yes as in one that is so high tech I have no idea how to turn it on and freak out when I think its stalling at lights by turning off when in fact its supposed to do that:) 

So we pull up to his school, (private conservative school that is) and he runs out to class and the car goes off with yours truly sitting behind the wheel. Somehow I press a button and the ignition shuts off. I have no idea how to get the car going and as I am trying hard to not look like too much of an idiot, the school headmaster walks by with a group of administrators and as they pass I hit the magic button and the car goes on but not without the preprogrammed music (rap music) my son has set to come on automatically when the car starts so loud I am certain those in the next county can hear it. So deafening, it obviously caused them to turn around and stare at little ‘ol me in this car with this music so loud and the saddest thing was I didn’t know how to turn it off, that was the worst part of all! So not only did I look like a 40 something year old loser having a serious identity crisis but I  was a surly “in your face” one too….by not turning it down. I was dying of embarrassment! Finally figured it out, slouched into  my seat and drove away with my tail between my legs:) 


5.  What is your biggest regret?  I don’t mind hearing juicy details.  

Not having had a fourth child. I know, I know its crazy to some but since I am still in my 40’s I feel too young to become an empty nester next year (boo hoo) and would sooooo love to have a younger child right now. 



6.  If you were awarded an all expenses paid vacation for two weeks where would you go?  Don’t get any ideas… this is not tied into a give away.  

Thanks Kate, your treat? Well…….I do want to go to Greece, Turkey and Tuscany. So how about all three….no worries I can manage to take off a little extra time to make it happen 🙂



7.  How many homes have you lived in?  Which one was your favorite? 

I have lived in 1 apartment and 4 homes including this one. (have to say this one is my favorite) but I do have some really fabulous memories in each of my others of a time when my  kids were younger, and the house felt “fuller” (translates to louder and messier)  etc…….but it’s all good.


8.  If you could sit next to any famous celebrity on a 5-hour flight, who would it be? 

Well,  maybe Nancy Meyers because I just know after a 5 hour flight she would want me to become her partner in her next movie, no make that she would be begging me to become her partner, hey give her credit for recognizing sheer genius when she meets it. If I were a producer…seriously she is the one I would most like to be. I love her style, aesthetic and take on “feel good” movies….Somethings Gotta Give, Its complicated, The Parent trap, The holiday, need I go on?


9.  What would your friends say are your 3 best qualities? 

Kindness, generosity and humility. Of course I am most inspired to be all those things to my friends who make it so worth the effort (you  know I love you)!


10.  Why do you blog? 

Because I so enjoy the personal connections I make with so many that I would otherwise likely not meet. It is a creative outlet for me to express my love for design and its opened up so many wonderful doors. and I of course, have to admit, I also love the free loot. 

Blogging has become my happy place (I call it cheap therapy) . Even when I am having a rough day, the world seems right again when I enter blogland…..its filled with so many amazing like minded people. Its been wonderful and is a virtual classroom, cannot tell you how it has opened my eyes and taught me to much.

The biggest perk you ask? Of course we all know….meeting Kate. (you can send me the money via Paypal Kate) lol..

 Kate being coy………

Thank you Kate! Now it my turn to come up with 10 juicy questions and pass them along however instead of selecting 10 bloggers I am opening them up to any blogger that wants to participate (there are so many great ones), the more the merrier!! Here are my questions for you……..


1. If you had to move to another country for a year, where would you go? Why?

2.You are having a dinner party with a table of  famous people (past and present). Who will be lucky enough to sit on either side of you?

3. What are two things in this world that are “must do’s”on your bucket list?

4, What is one of your weaknesses and one strength? (comfort and junk food included)!

5. One of your most dreaded household chores?

6. Something most of us don’t know about you…..

7. Fill in the blank, I wouldn’t be caught dead wearing……….

8. Have you ever won a trophy? If so for what, do tell!

9. What is your best dish? (feel free to brag)!

10. Be honest…have you ever faked an accent?

I do hope whoever this appeals to will participate and let me know if you do! I love reading more about my favorite bloggers:) Thanks Kate! 

Thanks for stopping in, wishing you a wonderful and relaxing Sunday. Many thanks once again to all those who sent in their beautiful fall pictures! They were so enjoyed and I will no doubt go back to that post again and again to enjoy all the beauty and inspiration. I cannot wait to get in your blue and white pictures! Until tomorrow……

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