Pinterest pretties part 2

Good evening…..ever have one of those weeks where you are trying (in vain) to catch up but feel like that gerbil on the wheel who is huffing and puffing with all his might? That is me lately!! I am juggling many balls but things should settle down soon….and it cannot happen a moment too soon!

This post, I had prepared about a month or so ago (when I was home bound being sick), then it got put back in my draft box and forgotten about (temporarily).? I said I would share with you periodically? a board that I am really loving and no week does it feel more appropriate to share pictures from my Pinterest “Food fun“? than this week coming off the heels of being home bound due to ridiculously cold, icy, snowy weather.

I cannot look at this post however, on an empty stomach otherwise I am doomed! I forewarn you now, if you are hungry, walk away, just walk away NOW. If you are full and can look with amusement then you must feast your eyes on all of these delectable goodies. Some are just so beautiful and creative, others are just down and dirty deliciously decadent. Whatever they are…life is too short to not enjoy great food!

So without further ado may I present to you my board, Food fun…….

A masterpiece that I bet is heavenly too!

This is downright cruel….they are called Salted Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Snickers Bars! Think they are dietetic:)

?Hot crab dip with crostinis….come to mama!
?Can you believe these are cookies!! Works of art
?White Christmas sangria…..love it!
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Love this elegant appetizer…
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This has my name all over it….peanut butter ice cream and brownie cookies? Hello!34ca4135a4752a0ed005c74a1ad9b73d
This looks good AND is healthy!
?This is nothing short of a masterpiece…..the ultimate holiday dessert, so elegant
Warm fennel and Parmesan dip…..oh boy!
Chocolate chip cheesecake parfaits, as pretty as they are I am sure divine!

Give me a slab of a cured meat, olive,? some fig jam, cheese and bread and I am? happy happy girl!

Grape and ricotta crostini..you know it has to be good
?How gorgeous is this cake!!
?A beautiful basket of heirloom tomatoes…yummy

How clever is this? Spider cookies for Halloween (just take a toothpick and draw legs from melted chocolate..brilliant)!

?Cast skillet nachos….perfect for the big game day!
?I love this, a log cabin made out of pretzel rods…so clever and darling!
?So beautiful flowers petals frozen in ice cubes chilling with a bottle of champagne, gorgeous
One of my favorite things…..rock shrimp cerviche, so delicious
Love a big basket of cheese, salami and fruits..who needs a meal!

So gorgeous!

?Rock candy cupcakes…pretty and I bet so yummy too!
My own spaghetti carbonara recipe…and yes it is ridiculously good!
Bring on the? milk…Lady Baltimore cake…decadent!
Broad bean brushetta, have to try this one
If I were having an Oscar party, I would have to get these, so cute!
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Hungry yet? Me too! I love cooking, creating and mostly eating great food:)? But I am sure,? like me, you are now craving something delicious and I certainly don’t want to be responsible for any binges out there! And come to think of it, I am craving an evening snack:) If you want to see more of this board or any of my other boards click here.
(I often get emails from people asking me for recipes of things I feature, if you go to the Food fun board and click on picture of item you are interested in it will take you to original site with recipes)
Happy eating! Have a wonderful day and thanks for stopping in , hope you enjoy your week!
If you missed my post on current Steals and Deals click here. There is not much left but a few things, I have updated the to reflect what is still for sale.
And do not forget to send in your dining room pictures!! Contest rules below-

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  • Accepting entries as of today through April 2nd
  • Maximum 2 pictures per entrant
  • Must be your pictures (not to be taken from magazine or online)
  • In subject line of email you must put Dining Room Love (I get a lot of email and without this distinction it could get lost)

I look forward to getting them up until April 2nd, then the contest will start on April 3rd

Midweek random musings……

 

Hi and good morning. Wow, its been actually chilly over here. Yesterday we woke up to a nippy 48 degrees! OK weather gods you can stop right there…no need to show us how low you can go. But in truth its kind of exciting to have worn my very first sweater of the season yesterday and get this…..boots!  How about you, feeling fall yet?

Moving along. Been a busy and productive week around here. I still cannot believe summer is over and in fact the cool crisp weather is indeed pushing its way in. No complaints from me other than its a reminder of how fast time flies. Hope your week is going well. As always a bunch of random thoughts here. Ready to get started? Let’s go……..

HOUSE. Not a whole lot going on this week but one exciting thing is that the loggia lanterns came in and are being put up today, so I am very happy about that…..have waited a long time! It will complete the space and the only other thing are to put 2 ceiling fans but obviously we can now wait until summer to take care of that.  Waiting on a big sample for the chinoiserie for my dining which is very exciting but a slooooow process. My first touch of fall was placing some white mums into a container, hey its a start!

A few readers wanted to see my lights that we put into the family room, so here they are. Thank you Currey and Co. for making such beauties! I have to say I had not even considered them, were going with Arte De Mexico but it was another grueling almost 3 month wait which we did not want to do then I found these and there they were all along…the perfect choice!

SOMETHING I REALLY WANT TO TRY. I LOVE apple crisp. And of course with the beautiful cooler weather moving in..its comfort food season (my fave). But it has to be just the right blend of a not too mushy apple, enough of the sugary goodness, just the perfect crisp, and this recipe promised to be all of those. What is better than a generous helping of warm apple crisp ala mode (of course)! So this is something I will be trying sooner than later, yum! Click here for the recipe which promises to be the best!

Any recipe that starts out like this, gets my attention……

Yes, I’m a fan of hyperbole. Yes, I realize that apple crisp in general is pretty delicious. But this – this was out of this world. Otherworldly. Ridonkulous. Addictive. I’ll stop with the adjectives

GORGEOUS STATIONERY. Beautiful stationery…….I am always like a kid in a candy shop when I discover a new fabulous stationery line. There are not enough reasons in the world to have a party for the amount of gorgeous stationery that abounds. We got an invitiaion from this company and I was immediately enchanted, fit for a princess! Atelier Isebey is very special indeedy…..absolutely worth sharing and you know I am loving that first one (but the pink and gold is exquisite too)

Click here to visit Atelier Isebey...exquisite!

 A few more beauties….

 The details are so exquisite!

BLUE AND WHITE LOVE. And speaking of blue and white….. just in case you are wondering how to add a little blue and white love into your life…let me count the ways. No let me show you the ways. I made up this little board filled with a bunch of blue and white goodness…whether you wear it, sleep in it, decorate with it or talk on it…its always fabulous!

A WONDERFUL SKINCARE SURPRISE!! I love getting gifts in the mail and when I got this gorgeous box…it was almost too pretty to open. But of course I did and the products so far are fabulous… I will absolutely follow up with you on them once I have given them a few weeks. So far I can say they feel wonderful on my skin and the creator, wrote me a very kind email explaining the different products. No expense was spared in creating these wonderful creams and I am very exicted about starting this new skin care regimen! I think we are going to start hearing more about this line….its worth checking out! Will be sure to follow up with a “report” in a week or two……

I even love the name Avery Graham! Click here to visit them and find out more about this wonderful and very special line of skincare.

MY PINTEREST BOARDS. I am not boasting but I have to say I am really loving how  my boards are shaping up and now finally after all these months of so much talk about Pinterest, finally I “get it’. I am careful as to how much time I spend because if I could easily see,  morning easily turning to afternoon and then to evening……so as with all great things, in moderation (easier said than done).  I decided to highlight a board of mine every now and then. Here is what I am loving this week…..my “Dining rooms to die for” board. Here is a preview, if you want to see more click here.

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SHOP NEWS. As always something good to talk about:) I am gearing up for the holidays slowly but surely and have some exciting things in the works.  The buzz words this last week has been the beautiful handbags, the stunning boxwood and a few new goodies on the horizon…..

 These items coming in…..

 Gorgeous crystal obelilsks, 21.5″ x 4.5″…stunning!

 This fabulous tray also bought by Ralph himself has just come back in stock……

Gorgeous gallery tray, unique size 19.5″ x 16″

Also dough bowls…..finally the new batch is coming, I have been waiting 6 long months! I am getting them in two batches, one coming in next week a small batch of the hard to find round bowls, and in about two weeks a bigger shipment of larger sizes. If you are interested in reserving one, email me...they go fast once they get here! (especially the round as they are hard to get)

 And some very sad news. The Staffordshire dog factory is closing:( This is such sad news as these cute doggies have been a top seller for me. So its whats left and that is it. I am looking for a new supplier but so far what I have found either the quality is subpar or the prices are much  higher.So if you have been thinking of purchasing these wonderful accessories, don’t wait too long! Click here to see the porcelains….

As always if you want to purchase any of the above, contact me at theenchantedhome@gmail.com.

So that my dear readers is a wrap of whats happening so far this week,. I thank you for stopping in and hope you are well and having a great week. Be back on Friday and will announce the winner of the boxwood giveaway! If you haven’t entered, click here to be eligible!  Wishing you a wonderful Wednesday!

Midweek random musings……

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Hi and good morning. Wow, its been actually chilly over here. Yesterday we woke up to a nippy 48 degrees! OK weather gods you can stop right there…no need to show us how low you can go. But in truth its kind of exciting to have worn my very first sweater of the season yesterday and get this…..boots!? How about you, feeling fall yet?

Moving along. Been a busy and productive week around here. I still cannot believe summer is over and in fact the cool crisp weather is indeed pushing its way in. No complaints from me other than its a reminder of how fast time flies. Hope your week is going well. As always a bunch of random thoughts here. Ready to get started? Let’s go……..

HOUSE. Not a whole lot going on this week but one exciting thing is that the loggia lanterns came in and are being put up today, so I am very happy about that…..have waited a long time! It will complete the space and the only other thing are to put 2 ceiling fans but obviously we can now wait until summer to take care of that.? Waiting on a big sample for the chinoiserie for my dining which is very exciting but a slooooow process. My first touch of fall was placing some white mums into a container, hey its a start!

A few readers wanted to see my lights that we put into the family room, so here they are. Thank you Currey and Co. for making such beauties! I have to say I had not even considered them, were going with Arte De Mexico but it was another grueling almost 3 month wait which we did not want to do then I found these and there they were all along…the perfect choice!

SOMETHING I REALLY WANT TO TRY. I LOVE apple crisp. And of course with the beautiful cooler weather moving in..its comfort food season (my fave). But it has to be just the right blend of a not too mushy apple, enough of the sugary goodness, just the perfect crisp, and this recipe promised to be all of those. What is better than a generous helping of warm apple crisp ala mode (of course)! So this is something I will be trying sooner than later, yum! Click here for the recipe which promises to be the best!

Any recipe that starts out like this, gets my attention……

Yes, I’m a fan of hyperbole. Yes, I realize that apple crisp in general is pretty delicious. But this – this was out of this world. Otherworldly. Ridonkulous. Addictive. I’ll stop with the adjectives

GORGEOUS STATIONERY. Beautiful stationery…….I am always like a kid in a candy shop when I discover a new fabulous stationery line. There are not enough reasons in the world to have a party for the amount of gorgeous stationery that abounds. We got an invitiaion from this company and I was immediately enchanted, fit for a princess! Atelier Isebey is very special indeedy…..absolutely worth sharing and you know I am loving that first one (but the pink and gold is exquisite too)

Click here to visit Atelier Isebey...exquisite!

?A few more beauties….

?The details are so exquisite!

BLUE AND WHITE LOVE. And speaking of blue and white….. just in case you are wondering how to add a little blue and white love into your life…let me count the ways. No let me show you the ways. I made up this little board filled with a bunch of blue and white goodness…whether you wear it, sleep in it, decorate with it or talk on it…its always fabulous!

A WONDERFUL SKINCARE SURPRISE!! I love getting gifts in the mail and when I got this gorgeous box…it was almost too pretty to open. But of course I did and the products so far are fabulous… I will absolutely follow up with you on them once I have given them a few weeks. So far I can say they feel wonderful on my skin and the creator, wrote me a very kind email explaining the different products. No expense was spared in creating these wonderful creams and I am very exicted about starting this new skin care regimen! I think we are going to start hearing more about this line….its worth checking out! Will be sure to follow up with a “report” in a week or two……

I even love the name Avery Graham! Click here to visit them and find out more about this wonderful and very special line of skincare.

MY PINTEREST BOARDS. I am not boasting but I have to say I am really loving how? my boards are shaping up and now finally after all these months of so much talk about Pinterest, finally I “get it’. I am careful as to how much time I spend because if I could easily see,? morning easily turning to afternoon and then to evening……so as with all great things, in moderation (easier said than done).? I decided to highlight a board of mine every now and then. Here is what I am loving this week…..my “Dining rooms to die for” board. Here is a preview, if you want to see more click here.

Photobucket

SHOP NEWS. As always something good to talk about:) I am gearing up for the holidays slowly but surely and have some exciting things in the works.? The buzz words this last week has been the beautiful handbags, the stunning boxwood and a few new goodies on the horizon…..

?These items coming in…..

?Gorgeous crystal obelilsks, 21.5″ x 4.5″…stunning!

?This fabulous tray also bought by Ralph himself has just come back in stock……

Gorgeous gallery tray, unique size 19.5″ x 16″

Also dough bowls…..finally the new batch is coming, I have been waiting 6 long months! I am getting them in two batches, one coming in next week a small batch of the hard to find round bowls, and in about two weeks a bigger shipment of larger sizes. If you are interested in reserving one, email me...they go fast once they get here! (especially the round as they are hard to get)

?And some very sad news. The Staffordshire dog factory is closing:( This is such sad news as these cute doggies have been a top seller for me. So its whats left and that is it. I am looking for a new supplier but so far what I have found either the quality is subpar or the prices are much? higher.So if you have been thinking of purchasing these wonderful accessories, don’t wait too long! Click here to see the porcelains….

As always if you want to purchase any of the above, contact me at theenchantedhome@gmail.com.

So that my dear readers is a wrap of whats happening so far this week,. I thank you for stopping in and hope you are well and having a great week. Be back on Friday and will announce the winner of the boxwood giveaway! If you haven’t entered, click here to be eligible!? Wishing you a wonderful Wednesday!

Early week musings and 2 winners!

 This is a rather long photo heavy random musings post. This will be it until Thursday…………..

Hi there…and how was your weekend? If you missed my beach dream house that has been found at long last, you must must see it. Click here to hop on over for a visit.  I hope you had a great weekend, ours  was a good one. It was finally a relaxing one (much needed) had dinner with friends even included a few pics because the setting was so pretty, reminded me of being away. Got together with some old friends we haven’t seen for a long time for drinks and spent some quite time at home which was a wonderful decadent treat.

First order of business is to announce two  lucky winners of the signed special edition Monograms by Victoria Magazine. Here they are…..

Result:

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I added some great black and white towels to our twins’ bathroom (link below) and they might be my favorite things in the room! Love a monogram….and LOVING your blog!:)

http://simplymodernhome.com/our-kids-bath/

Susan

and

Result:

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Monogram anything!

I too so enjoyed the Victoria Magazine “monogram “
Something so regal about monograming, even when you have them displayed is a rustic cottage home. They are timeless.

Xx
Thank you for sharing your grace and beauty.

Dor?

Please email me here to provide your shipping details!

If you want to get your copy of this limited edition MUST HAVE magazine (a must if you are a monogram lover) click here to order your copy.

As I always do, this is a random post with a little bit of everything. Ready to get started? Here we go…..

Home front. I have ordered a bunch of pillows for the back patio. I am excited to put it all together. In the meantime took the pillows form the loggia to “play” and though the size is a little small, I ordered 22″ pillows vs. 20″ I do love the way the navy looks. I decided to keep the back patio clean and crisp, so am going with solid navy pillows in a monogram along with some trellis pillows and a few squares. I do love the Chiang Mai but decided for now at least to keep it on the loggia and do this a bit differently, all the while tying in the navy. I threw in a few other pictures of random things around here too….

 The white is a bit too “white” but these are not for this grouping, I was just playing, I do love the solid navy and trellis patterns…..

 The pool area, its separate from the house (original site and original pool house). We do have plans to redo it at some point but cannot say its a priority. With older kids who basically never use it, it just doesn’t see a lot of use but I must say when  I do go down there, it is so relaxing and serene and “removed”…..need to visit more often!

 The landscaping is coming in nicely..the hedges and grass finally looking almost done! The flowers and trees took a real beating however with the heat, so I am not showing you those:)

 A few readers asked to see the back stairs and the limed oak finish…so here it is!

Yes that is Teddy, that is HIS spot…just so he doesn’t miss a thing!

And look what came in this last week….my bar stools! I was so excited, I am glad I decided to keep them simple in a pretty linen/cotton ivory fabric with ant. brass nailheads, I may have some small lumbar pillows made for them out of the pretty curtain fabric. I was thinking they would have been taller but they still look great and are super duper comfy! 

I really like the way blue and white porcelain looks next to browns, it really makes it pop

Added an orchid and urn to this vignette, and really like the way it looks……

A gorgeous sunset. One of summers simplest pleasures.  Sat. night we went out to dinner to a beautiful waterfront restaurant and had the most beautiful weather, and sunset which warranted whipping out my iPhone (of course)! It looks more like the view you  might see while on a Caribbean island as palm trees around these parts are most unusual!

The restaurant itself, called Ocean.

Pillows! And speaking of great pillows, I must give a “shout out” (kids are cringing if they read this) to Michele of Calico Daisy, my new pillow “go to” person. If you love monograms and monograms done really well, her work is flawless. She is amazing and her prices are quite fair especially given what some charge for appliqued monogrammed pillows, a pretty penny!  I love the way an entire bed can be transformed with even the addition of one or two monogrammed pillows and some of these would make amazing gifts too.  Here’s a look at some of what Michele offers…..click here to visit her.

A few great posts worth sharing. I like to save/bookmark posts that I really enjoyed and want to be able to go back to. A few worth sharing are below……

Excellent post on a recent trip to the renowned Blackberry Farm…. a beautiful post! Click here to visit

For anyone who has dreamt of taking a can of spray paint to an outdated piece of furniture (but like hasn’t had the guts or needs some encouragement, myself included) this wonderful post is for you……

A great robe.  I am a believer that we should all be able to go about life in our pjs and robe (as long as they are pretty)! I mean think about, we would all be soooo much  more comfy, no miserable woman trying to act happy while they are absolutely miserable in shoes that kill and pinch their toes, no men stuck in heavy warm suits and cumbersome ties…we would all be so much happier!

 But seeing that that particular trend is not likely to catch on anytime soon, I do enjoy slipping into my pjs and robes pretty much the minute i get home and know I am home for the day. So when I see a great robe, I buy it, because I loooove my pjs and robes. Thought this was from Malarbay Bay was great looking! So chic and available in navy and green….love it! Click here to visit them.

A scrumptious recipe. I know this is cruel. Believe me its torturous to me too, I feel like I am gaining 5 lbs just looking at this picture!  But this looks sooooo amazingly good. I just need to try it. I am an apple crisp girl (ala mode of course) all the way but think I could make an exception for this beautiful baked pear with none other than caramel sauce! Hello…..come to mama. Click here to be taken to Brooklyn Ragazza for the lowdown on how to make it. It is as beautiful as I am sure it is delicious…doubt mine will come out nearly this pretty but I bet it will taste divine, what a perfect dessert for a fall dinner! Come fall, this is going to be baking my kitchen.


A great new movie. Yes, he is “different”,  but I must say I really enjoy Woody’s movies. In fact some of his movies are some of all time favorites. This one promises to be a good one. Definitely on my list to see sooner than later…Blue Jasmine at the very least looks super entertaining and I love Cate and Alec!

Shop News. Remember when I announced my Enchanted steals and deals last week? Where i will offer a beautiful item or two at deeply discounted prices? I only get to buy 4-8 of each item so they will not be up on my online shop or I might get a one shot deal at getting something for a great price so pass the savings on. Here are this weeks items…..

Have five pair of these beautiful classic Staffordshire dogs. $75.00, this is a rockbottom price!! (7 pair available)

Got a bunch of gorgeous tole pieces…..all at excellent prices (at least 35% off retail)

Beautiful  tole (dark red and black) container measures 8′ x 12″ $50.00 (4 available)

Matching decorative plate 12″ round, $ 33.00, 8 available
Beautiful songbirds plate 12″ round $33.00 (5 available)

And matching songbird decorative box/canister, measures 7″ x 5″ x 8.5″$42.00 (4 available)

Gorgeous tole floral/bird tray 14″ x 9″ x 2″ $48.00

Matching decorative plate $33.00 (6 available)

Rooster decorative tray 14″ x 9″ x 2″ $48.00 (3 available)

Matching plate $38.00 12.5″round (4 available)

And beautiful tole planter 11″ x 10″ x 7″ $64.00 (4 available)

You know the drill…want any of the above, just email me here. First come first serve:)

Thanks as always for stopping in to see whats happening over on this end. Hope you have a magnificent Monday and great start to your week!

Early week musings and 2 winners!

?This is a rather long photo heavy random musings post. This will be it until Thursday…………..

Hi there…and how was your weekend? If you missed my beach dream house that has been found at long last, you must must see it. Click here to hop on over for a visit.? I hope you had a great weekend, ours? was a good one. It was finally a relaxing one (much needed) had dinner with friends even included a few pics because the setting was so pretty, reminded me of being away. Got together with some old friends we haven’t seen for a long time for drinks and spent some quite time at home which was a wonderful decadent treat.

First order of business is to announce two? lucky winners of the signed special edition Monograms by Victoria Magazine. Here they are…..

Result:

68

I added some great black and white towels to our twins’ bathroom (link below) and they might be my favorite things in the room! Love a monogram….and LOVING your blog!:)

http://simplymodernhome.com/our-kids-bath/

Susan

and

Result:

45

Monogram anything!

I too so enjoyed the Victoria Magazine “monogram “
Something so regal about monograming, even when you have them displayed is a rustic cottage home. They are timeless.

Xx
Thank you for sharing your grace and beauty.

Dor?

Please email me here to provide your shipping details!

If you want to get your copy of this limited edition MUST HAVE magazine (a must if you are a monogram lover) click here to order your copy.

As I always do, this is a random post with a little bit of everything. Ready to get started? Here we go…..

Home front. I have ordered a bunch of pillows for the back patio. I am excited to put it all together. In the meantime took the pillows form the loggia to “play” and though the size is a little small, I ordered 22″ pillows vs. 20″ I do love the way the navy looks. I decided to keep the back patio clean and crisp, so am going with solid navy pillows in a monogram along with some trellis pillows and a few squares. I do love the Chiang Mai but decided for now at least to keep it on the loggia and do this a bit differently, all the while tying in the navy. I threw in a few other pictures of random things around here too….

?The white is a bit too “white” but these are not for this grouping, I was just playing, I do love the solid navy and trellis patterns…..

?The pool area, its separate from the house (original site and original pool house). We do have plans to redo it at some point but cannot say its a priority. With older kids who basically never use it, it just doesn’t see a lot of use but I must say when? I do go down there, it is so relaxing and serene and “removed”…..need to visit more often!

?The landscaping is coming in nicely..the hedges and grass finally looking almost done! The flowers and trees took a real beating however with the heat, so I am not showing you those:)

?A few readers asked to see the back stairs and the limed oak finish…so here it is!

Yes that is Teddy, that is HIS spot…just so he doesn’t miss a thing!

And look what came in this last week….my bar stools! I was so excited, I am glad I decided to keep them simple in a pretty linen/cotton ivory fabric with ant. brass nailheads, I may have some small lumbar pillows made for them out of the pretty curtain fabric. I was thinking they would have been taller but they still look great and are super duper comfy!?

I really like the way blue and white porcelain looks next to browns, it really makes it pop

Added an orchid and urn to this vignette, and really like the way it looks……

A gorgeous sunset. One of summers simplest pleasures.? Sat. night we went out to dinner to a beautiful waterfront restaurant and had the most beautiful weather, and sunset which warranted whipping out my iPhone (of course)! It looks more like the view you? might see while on a Caribbean island as palm trees around these parts are most unusual!

The restaurant itself, called Ocean.

Pillows! And speaking of great pillows, I must give a “shout out” (kids are cringing if they read this) to Michele of Calico Daisy, my new pillow “go to” person. If you love monograms and monograms done really well, her work is flawless. She is amazing and her prices are quite fair especially given what some charge for appliqued monogrammed pillows, a pretty penny!? I love the way an entire bed can be transformed with even the addition of one or two monogrammed pillows and some of these would make amazing gifts too.? Here’s a look at some of what Michele offers…..click here to visit her.

A few great posts worth sharing. I like to save/bookmark posts that I really enjoyed and want to be able to go back to. A few worth sharing are below……

Excellent post on a recent trip to the renowned Blackberry Farm…. a beautiful post! Click here to visit

For anyone who has dreamt of taking a can of spray paint to an outdated piece of furniture (but like hasn’t had the guts or needs some encouragement, myself included) this wonderful post is for you……

A great robe.? I am a believer that we should all be able to go about life in our pjs and robe (as long as they are pretty)! I mean think about, we would all be soooo much? more comfy, no miserable woman trying to act happy while they are absolutely miserable in shoes that kill and pinch their toes, no men stuck in heavy warm suits and cumbersome ties…we would all be so much happier!

?But seeing that that particular trend is not likely to catch on anytime soon, I do enjoy slipping into my pjs and robes pretty much the minute i get home and know I am home for the day. So when I see a great robe, I buy it, because I loooove my pjs and robes. Thought this was from Malarbay Bay was great looking! So chic and available in navy and green….love it! Click here to visit them.

A scrumptious recipe. I know this is cruel. Believe me its torturous to me too, I feel like I am gaining 5 lbs just looking at this picture!? But this looks sooooo amazingly good. I just need to try it. I am an apple crisp girl (ala mode of course) all the way but think I could make an exception for this beautiful baked pear with none other than caramel sauce! Hello…..come to mama. Click here to be taken to Brooklyn Ragazza for the lowdown on how to make it. It is as beautiful as I am sure it is delicious…doubt mine will come out nearly this pretty but I bet it will taste divine, what a perfect dessert for a fall dinner! Come fall, this is going to be baking my kitchen.


A great new movie. Yes, he is “different”,? but I must say I really enjoy Woody’s movies. In fact some of his movies are some of all time favorites. This one promises to be a good one. Definitely on my list to see sooner than later…Blue Jasmine at the very least looks super entertaining and I love Cate and Alec!

Shop News. Remember when I announced my Enchanted steals and deals last week? Where i will offer a beautiful item or two at deeply discounted prices? I only get to buy 4-8 of each item so they will not be up on my online shop or I might get a one shot deal at getting something for a great price so pass the savings on. Here are this weeks items…..

Have five pair of these beautiful classic Staffordshire dogs. $75.00, this is a rockbottom price!! (7 pair available)

Got a bunch of gorgeous tole pieces…..all at excellent prices (at least 35% off retail)

Beautiful? tole (dark red and black) container measures 8′ x 12″ $50.00 (4 available)

Matching decorative plate 12″ round, $ 33.00, 8 available
Beautiful songbirds plate 12″ round $33.00 (5 available)

And matching songbird decorative box/canister, measures 7″ x 5″ x 8.5″$42.00 (4 available)

Gorgeous tole floral/bird tray 14″ x 9″ x 2″ $48.00

Matching decorative plate $33.00 (6 available)

Rooster decorative tray 14″ x 9″ x 2″ $48.00 (3 available)

Matching plate $38.00 12.5″round (4 available)

And beautiful tole planter 11″ x 10″ x 7″ $64.00 (4 available)

You know the drill…want any of the above, just email me here. First come first serve:)

Thanks as always for stopping in to see whats happening over on this end. Hope you have a magnificent Monday and great start to your week!

My patio, flowers, BBQ’s and The Hamptons!

Hello and happy Tuesday night to you……this post is a bit of this and a bit of that, all about my favorite things- flowers, cooking, decorating, the great outdoors and The Hamptons!

Got my patio furniture for the back patio..was so excited! It is beautiful, very comfortable and beautifully made. Now I have to get busy deciding on pillows (again) and various accessories, and will naturally add my trademark blue and white to the mix!

Have been out to the Hamptons and the North Fork quite a bit lately and am sharing some of those highlights too. Had a casual BBQ on Sunday and love nothing more than visiting a local farm stand and picking up fresh vegetables and fruits……I get so inspired. Also visited a sunflower farm and found the most sensational sunflowers. They are enormous  and are well over 2 feet tall….talk about impact! So its a little of this and a bit of that around here. Let’s get rolling……

Warning- VERY picture heavy, you might want to see this post sitting!

 Outdoor furniture!! Its a beautiful line from Woodard (the Landgrave division)  and I really love it, we have to now get busy figuring out pillows and accessories to add to the setting

This is just the start but I will be sure to share things as we go along……

The furniture is from Woodard Landgrave, a beautiful elegant beautifully built line of outdoor furniture

 Love taking pictures late in the day, that late day sun is my absolute favorite

 Love the elegant clean lines, now need to figure out pillows and accessories (the fun part)…..

 Tried out my loggia pillows, they are a little small but think the blues look beautiful…….

Meanwhile back inside getting ready for a casual BBQ on Sunday……

 The sunflowers looked so perfect with my beautiful melamine outdoor dishes from my online shop

 Love my sunflowers! They are HUGE, towering about 2 and a half feet!

 The spinach Greek salad that is fast becoming  a regular around here

 Hard to tell here but these scallions were almost 2 feet long! The basil was enormous too…..

 My delicious pistachio ice cream sandwiches. So easy and always a HUGE hit. I buy vanilla pizelles and get pistachio ice cream and open it up and then slice it, I add extra pistachios ground up…this is light, delicious, pretty and a perfect summer dessert!

 Tossing in the baked almonds to the salad
 Yummy peaches with fresh mint chilling for my trademark peach sangria, the perfect summer drink!

 Easy peasy, the wine doesn’t need to be expensive just a light dry white wine and Peach Schnapps, fresh peaches and mint, and then the ginger ale is added at the end…..so light and refreshing!

 Love a beautiful fruit platter…..found figs which was so exciting, they add a lot to any plate of fruit!

 Yum, let me do a “taste test”

 Am I the only one who gets excited over pretty tomatoes?
 The “sous chef” has decided he has earned a  much needed nap!
All the fixings for my crostini…a regular in this house!

Table getting set up

Veges ready to be thrown on the grill (I added sea salt and pepper and drizzled them with olive oil and they were fantastic)!

Meanwhile our driveway is getting done, its a mess but the end result will be wonderful…..

And to The Hamptons……

Sorry… I know this is cruel, espeically if you are hungry (which I am right now) and suddenly am craving a fresh lobster roll on squishy bread!

All of my favorite flowers at one of my favorite garden centers……

These orchids were AMAZING. Four stems…and HUGE!

And yes, of course one had to come home with me, it was begging to be picked and brought home!
If you are a hydrangea fan…you would have gone mad, they were there in every color!

Though I am not a big hibiscus fan, this pretty purple color got my attention…..

Loved this large boxwood globe (36″ round)

More flowers getting stuffed into the car…..
Never met a sunflower I didn’t love!
Beautiful Mecox Gardens
And the orchid beauty just continued to wow me!
Loooove farm stands, but I am sure you know that by now:)

And how gorgeous of a picture did these make? It made me want to plan a party around a sunflower theme!

 Love the farm stands…..they almost excite me more than a great clothing boutique (almost)!

 Beautiful vineyards…..
 An abundance of fresh fruit and flowers………
 Love coming home and “playing”….
 Charm galore!

 Even the storage sheds have blooming hydrangeas!

 And once again my backseat is loaded up with as much as I can squeeze into it
 Duckwalk is a wonderful conveniently located vineyard…..

 Another beautiful nursery…..
 Windmills to me are synonymous with The Hamptons
 As are roadside farm stands….
 And gorgeous sunflowers just waiting for a new home

 White hydrangeas always stop me in my tracks!!

Back at home put together a pretty casual arrangement  in one of my favorite blue and white bud vases

And the huge sunflowers in this large blue and white vase…love the color combination

And finally put my huge orchid in the centerpiece bowl on my island in the kitchen, love the effect
And my hydrangea in its rightful home……love this planter from my online shop
So that is a wrap of what’s going on around here. Trying to get into the summer groove and have to say this week it finally feels like I am. Love nothing more than a trip to the beach, a visit to my local farmstand, a car filled with fresh veges and fruits, flowers to come home and arrange, it’s all part of what makes summer so amazing and an equally good reminder to stop and smell the roses along the way!

 Some girls need diamonds and other expensive accoutrements (and believe me I won’t turn them down) but I realized the older I get the more I appreciate the simple pleasures in life………how about you? Whats your summer pleasure? Thanks as always for stopping in!

My patio, flowers, BBQ’s and The Hamptons!

Hello and happy Tuesday night to you……this post is a bit of this and a bit of that, all about my favorite things- flowers, cooking, decorating, the great outdoors and The Hamptons!

Got my patio furniture for the back patio..was so excited! It is beautiful, very comfortable and beautifully made. Now I have to get busy deciding on pillows (again) and various accessories, and will naturally add my trademark blue and white to the mix!

Have been out to the Hamptons and the North Fork quite a bit lately and am sharing some of those highlights too. Had a casual BBQ on Sunday and love nothing more than visiting a local farm stand and picking up fresh vegetables and fruits……I get so inspired. Also visited a sunflower farm and found the most sensational sunflowers. They are enormous? and are well over 2 feet tall….talk about impact! So its a little of this and a bit of that around here. Let’s get rolling……

Warning- VERY picture heavy, you might want to see this post sitting!

?Outdoor furniture!! Its a beautiful line from Woodard (the Landgrave division)? and I really love it, we have to now get busy figuring out pillows and accessories to add to the setting

This is just the start but I will be sure to share things as we go along……

The furniture is from Woodard Landgrave, a beautiful elegant beautifully built line of outdoor furniture

?Love taking pictures late in the day, that late day sun is my absolute favorite

?Love the elegant clean lines, now need to figure out pillows and accessories (the fun part)…..

?Tried out my loggia pillows, they are a little small but think the blues look beautiful…….

Meanwhile back inside getting ready for a casual BBQ on Sunday……

?The sunflowers looked so perfect with my beautiful melamine outdoor dishes from my online shop

?Love my sunflowers! They are HUGE, towering about 2 and a half feet!

?The spinach Greek salad that is fast becoming? a regular around here

?Hard to tell here but these scallions were almost 2 feet long! The basil was enormous too…..

?My delicious pistachio ice cream sandwiches. So easy and always a HUGE hit. I buy vanilla pizelles and get pistachio ice cream and open it up and then slice it, I add extra pistachios ground up…this is light, delicious, pretty and a perfect summer dessert!

?Tossing in the baked almonds to the salad
?Yummy peaches with fresh mint chilling for my trademark peach sangria, the perfect summer drink!

?Easy peasy, the wine doesn’t need to be expensive just a light dry white wine and Peach Schnapps, fresh peaches and mint, and then the ginger ale is added at the end…..so light and refreshing!

?Love a beautiful fruit platter…..found figs which was so exciting, they add a lot to any plate of fruit!

?Yum, let me do a “taste test”

?Am I the only one who gets excited over pretty tomatoes?
?The “sous chef” has decided he has earned a? much needed nap!
All the fixings for my crostini…a regular in this house!

Table getting set up

Veges ready to be thrown on the grill (I added sea salt and pepper and drizzled them with olive oil and they were fantastic)!

Meanwhile our driveway is getting done, its a mess but the end result will be wonderful…..

And to The Hamptons……

Sorry… I know this is cruel, espeically if you are hungry (which I am right now) and suddenly am craving a fresh lobster roll on squishy bread!

All of my favorite flowers at one of my favorite garden centers……

These orchids were AMAZING. Four stems…and HUGE!

And yes, of course one had to come home with me, it was begging to be picked and brought home!
If you are a hydrangea fan…you would have gone mad, they were there in every color!

Though I am not a big hibiscus fan, this pretty purple color got my attention…..

Loved this large boxwood globe (36″ round)

More flowers getting stuffed into the car…..
Never met a sunflower I didn’t love!
Beautiful Mecox Gardens
And the orchid beauty just continued to wow me!
Loooove farm stands, but I am sure you know that by now:)

And how gorgeous of a picture did these make? It made me want to plan a party around a sunflower theme!

?Love the farm stands…..they almost excite me more than a great clothing boutique (almost)!

?Beautiful vineyards…..
?An abundance of fresh fruit and flowers………
?Love coming home and “playing”….
?Charm galore!

?Even the storage sheds have blooming hydrangeas!

?And once again my backseat is loaded up with as much as I can squeeze into it
?Duckwalk is a wonderful conveniently located vineyard…..

?Another beautiful nursery…..
?Windmills to me are synonymous with The Hamptons
?As are roadside farm stands….
?And gorgeous sunflowers just waiting for a new home

?White hydrangeas always stop me in my tracks!!

Back at home put together a pretty casual arrangement? in one of my favorite blue and white bud vases

And the huge sunflowers in this large blue and white vase…love the color combination

And finally put my huge orchid in the centerpiece bowl on my island in the kitchen, love the effect
And my hydrangea in its rightful home……love this planter from my online shop
So that is a wrap of what’s going on around here. Trying to get into the summer groove and have to say this week it finally feels like I am. Love nothing more than a trip to the beach, a visit to my local farmstand, a car filled with fresh veges and fruits, flowers to come home and arrange, it’s all part of what makes summer so amazing and an equally good reminder to stop and smell the roses along the way!

?Some girls need diamonds and other expensive accoutrements (and believe me I won’t turn them down) but I realized the older I get the more I appreciate the simple pleasures in life………how about you? Whats your summer pleasure? Thanks as always for stopping in!

My weekend as seen through my iphone…..

 REMINDER- Last day to enter the giveaway from The Enchanted Home over at Art by Karena. Click here to enter!

This is a short fun post. Hope you are having a wonderful and enjoyable weekend. Ours is going well…..my son ended up not going to his tournament  which secretly was kind of amazing to me so it allowed me a little extra free downtime, always a huge treat! We enjoyed having friends over, a beautiful dinner out, a trip to a favorite garden center,  a visit to a local farmstand that just opened and today we are going to a few more garden centers and then a graduation party later in the day.

 Since my poor camera (heavily abused) is now officially “in retirement”  I have to rely on my iphone. Just got the new iPhone 5 a few days ago and will concede that the camera is much better than the 4. I did not like the quality of the pictures from my old phone so this one is a step up. Anywho….as I love to take pictures of just about anything and can rival any Japanese tourist I took various pictures that kind of tell a story of my happenings in the last few days. Thought it would make a fun and “quickie” post (quick by my standards). Ready? Here we go…..

A wonderful event at Safavieh…a table too pretty to not take a picture of, love the crudite “trunk”…

 My local farm stand finally opened….what a treat!
Fresh bread getting sliced up for crostinis I am making for appetizers……….
 Basil, parsley and fresh tomatoes….doesn’t get better!

 Fresh strawberries..yum!

 Baby carrots….

Cut up bellpepper in half to serve as “bowls” for my dip

Add a little lighting for some ambiance…..

Light the candles outside on the loggia……
Loving my pillows!! A post on this to come in the next week or two…..

Adding my finishing touches, love the look of baby carrots and a yummy healthy spinach dip made with Greek yogurt…..

 Aren’t these glasses beautiful? Bought them at an antique shop in CT. a while back……

I bought a large lot of them….it was like a crystal glass jackpot, love them!

And of course every get together in my home must include some kind of crostini (we were having friends over)….could easily make a meal of these plus they are so pretty!

 And I got the best fresh figs with the fresh strawberries…they were soooo good.

Bought five of these very large white “Annabelle”  hydrangea flower bushes….going to have them planted today

Spent a little time by the pool……

This was the original pool house which we have done nothing to other than clean it up, it still has a lot of charm but eventually hope to give it a “facelift”

This extra large lattice planter, (think playhouse size) over 4′ x 4′ x 4′ is getting planted on Sunday

 So excited! These gardenia topiaries that were dying I was able to bring back to life and they just sprouted their very first blooms in months!! This was a thrill:)

 And hydrangeas are bloomimg in my yard, not to say this is my favorite color but they are pretty

 Visited a local nursery………..

 This darling scultpure is of a girl and boy swinging to be hung from a tree….so cute!

 Aren’t these pretty? The beautiful flowers our friends brought us over when they came over last night

 Raised my window treatment in my bathroom to make it a little fuller and I like it!

Finally finished the floor of the small powder room off the library….now waiting for the wallpaper…..

This paper I have had in that little bathroom for nearly a year! I am finally taking the plunge…still love it as much as the day I found it!
  So that’s a wrap of my weekend as seen through my trusty iPhone. Today we have a graduation party and hoping it doesn’t rain! Hope you are enjoying a wonderful and relaxing weekend…hard to believe next week is July 4th! Summer is flying…….

My weekend as seen through my iphone…..

?REMINDER- Last day to enter the giveaway from The Enchanted Home over at Art by Karena. Click here to enter!

This is a short fun post. Hope you are having a wonderful and enjoyable weekend. Ours is going well…..my son ended up not going to his tournament ?which secretly was kind of amazing to me so it allowed me a little extra free downtime, always a huge treat! We enjoyed having friends over, a beautiful dinner out, a trip to a favorite garden center,? a visit to a local farmstand that just opened and today we are going to a few more garden centers and then a graduation party later in the day.

?Since my poor camera (heavily abused) is now officially “in retirement”? I have to rely on my iphone. Just got the new iPhone 5 a few days ago and will concede that the camera is much better than the 4. I did not like the quality of the pictures from my old phone so this one is a step up. Anywho….as I love to take pictures of just about anything and can rival any Japanese tourist I took various pictures that kind of tell a story of my happenings in the last few days. Thought it would make a fun and “quickie” post (quick by my standards). Ready? Here we go…..

A wonderful event at Safavieh…a table too pretty to not take a picture of, love the crudite “trunk”…

?My local farm stand finally opened….what a treat!
Fresh bread getting sliced up for crostinis I am making for appetizers……….
?Basil, parsley and fresh tomatoes….doesn’t get better!

?Fresh strawberries..yum!

?Baby carrots….

Cut up bellpepper in half to serve as “bowls” for my dip

Add a little lighting for some ambiance…..

Light the candles outside on the loggia……
Loving my pillows!! A post on this to come in the next week or two…..

Adding my finishing touches, love the look of baby carrots and a yummy healthy spinach dip made with Greek yogurt…..

?Aren’t these glasses beautiful? Bought them at an antique shop in CT. a while back……

I bought a large lot of them….it was like a crystal glass jackpot, love them!

And of course every get together in my home must include some kind of crostini (we were having friends over)….could easily make a meal of these plus they are so pretty!

?And I got the best fresh figs with the fresh strawberries…they were soooo good.

Bought five of these very large white “Annabelle” ?hydrangea flower bushes….going to have them planted today

Spent a little time by the pool……

This was the original pool house which we have done nothing to other than clean it up, it still has a lot of charm but eventually hope to give it a “facelift”

This extra large lattice planter, (think playhouse size) over 4′ x 4′ x 4′ is getting planted on Sunday

?So excited! These gardenia topiaries that were dying I was able to bring back to life and they just sprouted their very first blooms in months!! This was a thrill:)

?And hydrangeas are bloomimg in my yard, not to say this is my favorite color but they are pretty

?Visited a local nursery………..

?This darling scultpure is of a girl and boy swinging to be hung from a tree….so cute!

?Aren’t these pretty? The beautiful flowers our friends brought us over when they came over last night

?Raised my window treatment in my bathroom to make it a little fuller and I like it!

Finally finished the floor of the small powder room off the library….now waiting for the wallpaper…..

This paper I have had in that little bathroom for nearly a year! I am finally taking the plunge…still love it as much as the day I found it!
? So that’s a wrap of my weekend as seen through my trusty iPhone. Today we have a graduation party and hoping it doesn’t rain! Hope you are enjoying a wonderful and relaxing weekend…hard to believe next week is July 4th! Summer is flying…….

Party central part I

Hi there…well as I had spoken about I had two parties here this week and phew am I wiped! I have decided to break this into two parts because I took a lot of pictures and frankly it would be too much for one post (even by my standards)!  Before we get busy..I want to announce the lucky winner of Soiree, Danielle Rollins new book aka bible on entertaining, congratulations goes to……

Result: 57 

Every picture had me oohing and aahing! I just love gazing at all of these settings. They really sent my imagination into overdrive. I have immensely enjoyed your posts and this one was like the cherry on top of the whipped cream, on top so much yumminess! Goodness Gracious…
And thanks for another chance to win a book on my favorite subject! Entertaining!
Please email me with your shipping information so this can get on it’s way to you!

By the time you read this I will be off on a little trip for just 3 days but a much needed break:) I enjoyed all the prep (as I always do) getting ready for these little shindigs but as I put a lot of effort into the details….I must say two in one week is a lot. The first get together was a luncheon for one of my best friends for 14 girls. The weather was not cooperative so we had drinks and appetizers on the loggia which I must say was so cozy and fun…then we moved indoors for lunch.

Every time I entertain I always try to add a new dish, I love experimenting and you never know unless you try, right? I kept the menu light which is appropriate for summer. A few light appetizers,  three different salads and Mediterranean pitas…..light, guilt free but no skimping no taste!  Then it was topped off with a sinfully good Weight Watchers Carrot cake, no you are not reading this wrong…it’s Weight Watchers!! So a guilt free meal that tastes good? My kind of menu! Hope you enjoy this recap.

Here is a recap from before, during and after…………

My pretty glasses in their wicker holders awaiting the peach sangria….love these for summer!
Prepping for the Greek baby spinach salad…yum!
Dip for tex mex salad and peach sangria marinating…

The birthday girls’ gift….all wrapped and ready to wow her!

We gave this beautiful orchid as part of her gift…she loves orchids and this planter from my online shop

The yummy peach sangria..heavenly good, light and perfect for a summer luncheon (or dinner) I make a double portion in a big plastic bowl and then transfer to either a punch bowl or pretty pitchers

My Chinese chicken salad is a staple in my house……
This really really good spinach/basil Greek salad…..excellent!

Of course, flowers and blue and whites are always part of the deal for anything I do!

 One set of the pillows!! Love them, will be doing a separate post on my two sets of pillows……added the hurricanes and the garden seat and I just love the way it came out……

 Even though it was raining it was so cozy to sit here while we heard the rain falling……

 Dining room table ready to serve as a buffet table…buffets are so much easier!
Meanwhile…more prep going on inside the kitchen:)
 More salads at the ready…..
My Tex Mex salad getting all the fixings……..

 Yum! Crostinis with brushetta and shredded fresh parmigiano…my fave! Served on my Vagabond gorgeous cheese/carving board

 The table getting set up..I even wrote out what each item was and put them in small silver frames.

 Beautiful flowers always make a table…..well that and good food:)

 The mini Mediterranean pitas…filled with olive tapenade, hummus and feta cheese

 I had a big bowl filled with wine and Pellegrino…………..

 And of course carried over my blue and white theme to the napkins and plates…….

 My friend always make this delicious Weight Watchers carrot cake for dessert, heavenly and sinfully good is understating it, it is so hard to believe its Weight Watchers!!Thankfully there was a bit left for leftovers..ice cold carrot cake and a big glass of milk the next morning is awfully hard to beat:)

So that’s my recap of the birthday lunch. When its a labor of love for someone you  care about…it doesn’t feel like work at all. I always get a lot of requests for recipes (totally flattered) if you click on keywords recipes, you will see all posts that featured them, only recipe not on there is the Greek salad which is new to my repertoire but I will be sure to include it in my next random musings post…promise! I enjoyed putting it together and tapping into my inner Martha Stewart and Carolyne Roehm! 
Hope you enjoyed the recap…thanks as always for stopping in, stay tuned for party central part 2- I think you are going to loooove it, it’s one party I really have to say where my vision came alive and even surpassed my own expectations and that was a total thrill! Here is a sneak peek-

Until Thursday, hope you have a wonderful next few days…..will be back soon! Thanks for stopping in, am always happy that you do:)