Random musings and a blue and white giveaway!

Hello! Hope you had a great weekend…..it really is so hard to believe July 4th has come and gone. Though our big Maine plans not working out was a big disappointment, getting to the Hamptons hardly felt like a consolation prize:) That said in anticipation of Maine, I had my lobster bib ready and envisioned lazy bike rides along the shore, kayak trips with picnic lunches packed,etc…you get the idea. Oh well…..now we are trying? to work it out possibly for later in the summer, we will see.

When it comes to kids (teens and beyond so if you have little ones ENJOY being in charge now)…..seems it’s always a crapshoot until you are actually en route to where you want to go!? Until we are on a plane or in a car together, that’s when I can sit back close my eyes and say “victory at last” 🙂 Moving along…………Today’s post is a random post, kind of all over the place, a little bit of this and a little bit of that. Hope your week is off to a great start…….

Hamptons. Lucky enough to live close enough to go almost as often as I am craving a lobster roll (which would be daily if I were lucky)! Just a few highlights which are always fun to share of my recent trip there with a friend, we had lunch, shopped and did a lot of laughing and mourning over the fact that we will both be empty nesters in a year or so, to me that is totally heartbreaking! This is kind of like a part 2 to the other post where I featured many more Hamptons pictures…..

?Adore all the wonderful colors and patters from Roberta Roller Rabbit, love this store!

?This was taken at the new pop up shop of Serena and Lily, love the crisp white slipcover with navy piped pillows…..great look for The Hamptons!

?Cute tunics and dresses can always be found at charming Gretchen Scott.….
?More fun colorful tunics….
Calypso is always a store I must stop in…great summer clothing

?I am like a kid in a candy shop at Sequin...where they have every colored enamel bracelet one could dream of!

?Had lunch at B Smith in Sag Harbor with a front row seat of all the yachts ready to take their next trip….

?How seriously picturesque is this? GORGEOUS!
Sooooo beautiful…could stare at this all day long!
?I am madly in love with white hydrangeas….just breathtaking!

Random pictures that are floating my boat. I am rarely at a loss to find pictures that inspire me somehow. I am extremely visual and few things get to me the way a pretty picture does especially one that has a beautiful interior, gorgeous flowers, a beautiful party, wonderful food, etc…..so here are a few that are recently inspiring me in a big way.

Kind of loving this first room, how decadent and rich the brown damask walls feel with miles of crown molding, and the blues and whites just totally set it off!

Have a major thing for topiaries of all shapes, sizes and variations…aren’t these just beautiful!

Love this oversized fancy monogram!

And how about this wedding…..kind of reminds me of a glammed up version of my own Fathers Day table

Monograms. Kelly green. Blue and white…need I say more? Fabulous!

And beautiful flowers get me every time……

Especially mounds of peonies stuffed into blue and white vases…….

?Beautiful table setting courtesy of Tory Burch

Has McDonalds “big M” ever and I do mean ever looked so chic as it does in blue and white!!!!!!!

A talented artist. I was contacted? by Juan, a young artist? who so generously offered to send me a few samples of his art. I was totally blown away when I received his box (gift)? all the way from Europe. This is the kind of talent I am insanely jealous of. I mean can you imagine waking up and just being able to paint like this!! I am so in awe of his work and am seriously considering having him paint something for me. I just had to share both his gift to me and his gift of his work with all of you. Click here to see him on Pinterest and his website is www.sanmartin-artscrafts.com. Thank you Juan!

An interesting new book. ? Getting back into reading and loving every page. I have to say I am one of those odd birds that likes reading everything from good fiction, to autobiographies to exploits on Everest, always? enjoy a great cooking book…..and recently discovered this one, about the life and tales of famous sommeliers. Talk about an interesting and fascinating read…if this is remotely interesting to you, go to Amazon I promise you will be entertained!! Click here to purchase……

White hydrangeas. These have always been a favorite. But this summer I am mildly obsessed with them and on a hunt for more more more! Finally planted the cluster of 5 large bushes that i bought and cannot wait to watch them bloom for the rest of the summer….

Aerin…….I am blaming the resurrection of the white hydrangea hunt on you! This picture just did me in and sent me on a wild goose chase one day of finding huge white hydrangea topiary trees!! So I finally found them not yet in bloom which is perfect but they are two hours away and I am trying to figure out a cost effective way of logistically getting them to me..I am determined!!?
Newsflash as of Wednesday night (my local nursery was able to get them)…….look what landed on my back patio!

?They are just starting to open with many many blossoms…..

?Now need to figure out if we are putting them in these blue Provence planters and if so I will want to have 6 across the back of the house..can you visualize it?
Sunflowers. Another summer fave. They are so cheery and uplifting and colorful and these were huge…as in towering over 2 feet huge! I put them in my blue and white jar and loooove the effect. It even got me back into party mode thinking about planning a Tuscan themed dinner party……oh boy! Had a few family members over for a super casual BBQ on Sunday and used my pretty melamine plates with the sunflowers and have to say it made quite a pretty table!

2 great news books I recommend. While we took? our little getaway I finished Beautiful Day by Elin Hidreth and I must say I really enjoyed it, one of her better ones in my humble opinion. It was? a perfect summer read, finished it in 3 days so it was easy (always a plus). On a very different tone, Pain, Parties, Work and is another book I am currently? reading and really enjoying, highlighting Sylvia’s arrival to NY in the glamorous 50’s , its fascinating, tragic and entertaining. (Did you read The Belljar)?

A great new line for monogrammed goodies. You know by now I have a total obsession with monograms, right? The fabulous site of , Mark and Graham has oodles of incredible monogrammed goodies. I was drooling over every single item and found the prices to be more than fair. Great site for personalized special gift ideas. This is going to become a definite regular “go to” for me so had to share! Check out some of the beautiful items….and click here to visit Mark and Graham.

Shop news.??
Very excited to have just gotten in a few new styles of bell jars. The belljars continue to be one of my best selling items. I discount them almost 40% from many online and retailers so my price is impossible to beat. Not to mention they are just gorgeous and add a sense of elegance and beauty to any room they get hung in. Here are some of the new patterns, and to anyone who was waiting on the ever so popular tulip pattern, the container just arrived. They are quick to sell out so be sure to contact me if interested. New styles will be added within a few days but as always if there is anything you want/need or just want to make an inquiry, email me here.

?The tulip now in stock in all sizes including the jumbo

?Love this, double row Greek key…stunning and such a classic!
?Just got the vertical feather in jumbo (as well as other sizes)
?Star and feather….beautiful!
?Diamond cut, very classic
Clover trellis

All are available in the standard oil rubbed bronze, or upgraded finishes of polished nickel and ant. brass.

These gorgeous blue and white bathroom pieces are now back in stock. Love them……..

And very unexpectedly I got in another 80 pieces of these beautiful blue and white dinner plates (replicated for the Vanderbilt family of Newport). I had gotten in 120 pieces a few weeks ago and they literally flew out the door,? so happy to have more. They are sold individually and there is a price break when 10 or more are purchased. As always email me to inquire, theenchantedhome@gmail.com.

Here is a sample of how I put mine to good use……

?Click here to visit my online shop, The Enchanted Home Shop!
Now onto the giveaway….I am giving away a pair of the gorgeous blue and white plates!? They would make a great start to building a collection or even as a pair are highly decorative to use or hang/display. All you need to do to be eligible is visit my porcelain shop and come back here and tell me a favorite item.? Click here to visit.?
I will announce a winner on Tuesday morning.? For a second chance you may leave a comment on The Enchanted Home’s Facebook page by clicking here.? Anonymous leave your first name and last name initial in the body of the paragraph.

So that’s a wrap. Hope your week is going well. It’s been a busy one but one that has included some fun outings and finally feeling like I am getting to enjoy summer, so no complaints. I am taking off on Friday through the weekend for a tournament for my son so this will be it until Sunday. Wishing you a wonderful end to your week and talk to you in a few days. Thanks as always for stopping in!

Random musings and a blue and white giveaway!

Hello! Hope you had a great weekend…..it really is so hard to believe July 4th has come and gone. Though our big Maine plans not working out was a big disappointment, getting to the Hamptons hardly felt like a consolation prize:) That said in anticipation of Maine, I had my lobster bib ready and envisioned lazy bike rides along the shore, kayak trips with picnic lunches packed,etc…you get the idea. Oh well…..now we are trying  to work it out possibly for later in the summer, we will see.

When it comes to kids (teens and beyond so if you have little ones ENJOY being in charge now)…..seems it’s always a crapshoot until you are actually en route to where you want to go!  Until we are on a plane or in a car together, that’s when I can sit back close my eyes and say “victory at last” 🙂 Moving along…………Today’s post is a random post, kind of all over the place, a little bit of this and a little bit of that. Hope your week is off to a great start…….

Hamptons. Lucky enough to live close enough to go almost as often as I am craving a lobster roll (which would be daily if I were lucky)! Just a few highlights which are always fun to share of my recent trip there with a friend, we had lunch, shopped and did a lot of laughing and mourning over the fact that we will both be empty nesters in a year or so, to me that is totally heartbreaking! This is kind of like a part 2 to the other post where I featured many more Hamptons pictures…..

 Adore all the wonderful colors and patters from Roberta Roller Rabbit, love this store!

 This was taken at the new pop up shop of Serena and Lily, love the crisp white slipcover with navy piped pillows…..great look for The Hamptons!

 Cute tunics and dresses can always be found at charming Gretchen Scott.….
 More fun colorful tunics….
Calypso is always a store I must stop in…great summer clothing

 I am like a kid in a candy shop at Sequin...where they have every colored enamel bracelet one could dream of!

 Had lunch at B Smith in Sag Harbor with a front row seat of all the yachts ready to take their next trip….

 How seriously picturesque is this? GORGEOUS!
Sooooo beautiful…could stare at this all day long!
 I am madly in love with white hydrangeas….just breathtaking!

Random pictures that are floating my boat. I am rarely at a loss to find pictures that inspire me somehow. I am extremely visual and few things get to me the way a pretty picture does especially one that has a beautiful interior, gorgeous flowers, a beautiful party, wonderful food, etc…..so here are a few that are recently inspiring me in a big way.

Kind of loving this first room, how decadent and rich the brown damask walls feel with miles of crown molding, and the blues and whites just totally set it off!

Have a major thing for topiaries of all shapes, sizes and variations…aren’t these just beautiful!

Love this oversized fancy monogram!

And how about this wedding…..kind of reminds me of a glammed up version of my own Fathers Day table

Monograms. Kelly green. Blue and white…need I say more? Fabulous!

And beautiful flowers get me every time……

Especially mounds of peonies stuffed into blue and white vases…….

 Beautiful table setting courtesy of Tory Burch

Has McDonalds “big M” ever and I do mean ever looked so chic as it does in blue and white!!!!!!!

A talented artist. I was contacted  by Juan, a young artist  who so generously offered to send me a few samples of his art. I was totally blown away when I received his box (gift)  all the way from Europe. This is the kind of talent I am insanely jealous of. I mean can you imagine waking up and just being able to paint like this!! I am so in awe of his work and am seriously considering having him paint something for me. I just had to share both his gift to me and his gift of his work with all of you. Click here to see him on Pinterest and his website is www.sanmartin-artscrafts.com. Thank you Juan!

An interesting new book.   Getting back into reading and loving every page. I have to say I am one of those odd birds that likes reading everything from good fiction, to autobiographies to exploits on Everest, always  enjoy a great cooking book…..and recently discovered this one, about the life and tales of famous sommeliers. Talk about an interesting and fascinating read…if this is remotely interesting to you, go to Amazon I promise you will be entertained!! Click here to purchase……

White hydrangeas. These have always been a favorite. But this summer I am mildly obsessed with them and on a hunt for more more more! Finally planted the cluster of 5 large bushes that i bought and cannot wait to watch them bloom for the rest of the summer….

Aerin…….I am blaming the resurrection of the white hydrangea hunt on you! This picture just did me in and sent me on a wild goose chase one day of finding huge white hydrangea topiary trees!! So I finally found them not yet in bloom which is perfect but they are two hours away and I am trying to figure out a cost effective way of logistically getting them to me..I am determined!! 
Newsflash as of Wednesday night (my local nursery was able to get them)…….look what landed on my back patio!

 They are just starting to open with many many blossoms…..

 Now need to figure out if we are putting them in these blue Provence planters and if so I will want to have 6 across the back of the house..can you visualize it?
Sunflowers. Another summer fave. They are so cheery and uplifting and colorful and these were huge…as in towering over 2 feet huge! I put them in my blue and white jar and loooove the effect. It even got me back into party mode thinking about planning a Tuscan themed dinner party……oh boy! Had a few family members over for a super casual BBQ on Sunday and used my pretty melamine plates with the sunflowers and have to say it made quite a pretty table!

2 great news books I recommend. While we took  our little getaway I finished Beautiful Day by Elin Hidreth and I must say I really enjoyed it, one of her better ones in my humble opinion. It was  a perfect summer read, finished it in 3 days so it was easy (always a plus). On a very different tone, Pain, Parties, Work and is another book I am currently  reading and really enjoying, highlighting Sylvia’s arrival to NY in the glamorous 50’s , its fascinating, tragic and entertaining. (Did you read The Belljar)?

A great new line for monogrammed goodies. You know by now I have a total obsession with monograms, right? The fabulous site of , Mark and Graham has oodles of incredible monogrammed goodies. I was drooling over every single item and found the prices to be more than fair. Great site for personalized special gift ideas. This is going to become a definite regular “go to” for me so had to share! Check out some of the beautiful items….and click here to visit Mark and Graham.

Shop news.  
Very excited to have just gotten in a few new styles of bell jars. The belljars continue to be one of my best selling items. I discount them almost 40% from many online and retailers so my price is impossible to beat. Not to mention they are just gorgeous and add a sense of elegance and beauty to any room they get hung in. Here are some of the new patterns, and to anyone who was waiting on the ever so popular tulip pattern, the container just arrived. They are quick to sell out so be sure to contact me if interested. New styles will be added within a few days but as always if there is anything you want/need or just want to make an inquiry, email me here.

 The tulip now in stock in all sizes including the jumbo

 Love this, double row Greek key…stunning and such a classic!
 Just got the vertical feather in jumbo (as well as other sizes)
 Star and feather….beautiful!
 Diamond cut, very classic
Clover trellis

All are available in the standard oil rubbed bronze, or upgraded finishes of polished nickel and ant. brass.

These gorgeous blue and white bathroom pieces are now back in stock. Love them……..

And very unexpectedly I got in another 80 pieces of these beautiful blue and white dinner plates (replicated for the Vanderbilt family of Newport). I had gotten in 120 pieces a few weeks ago and they literally flew out the door,  so happy to have more. They are sold individually and there is a price break when 10 or more are purchased. As always email me to inquire, theenchantedhome@gmail.com.

Here is a sample of how I put mine to good use……

 Click here to visit my online shop, The Enchanted Home Shop!
Now onto the giveaway….I am giving away a pair of the gorgeous blue and white plates!  They would make a great start to building a collection or even as a pair are highly decorative to use or hang/display. All you need to do to be eligible is visit my porcelain shop and come back here and tell me a favorite item.  Click here to visit. 
I will announce a winner on Tuesday morning.  For a second chance you may leave a comment on The Enchanted Home’s Facebook page by clicking here.  Anonymous leave your first name and last name initial in the body of the paragraph.

So that’s a wrap. Hope your week is going well. It’s been a busy one but one that has included some fun outings and finally feeling like I am getting to enjoy summer, so no complaints. I am taking off on Friday through the weekend for a tournament for my son so this will be it until Sunday. Wishing you a wonderful end to your week and talk to you in a few days. Thanks as always for stopping in!

Weekend musings…..and a giveaway!

Hi there,? hard to believe its the weekend already…….boy this week flew! I was everywhere from the city to the Hamptons to Greenwich, CT. Busy but fun! Hope you had a wonderful and productive week. Busy weekend ahead too and its been raining like mad over here but it was nice to wake up to clearing skies!? Supposed to clear up by later today,? fingers crossed, my white pants and strappy sandals for a tony dinner party tonight and they won’t cut it in the rain (and I don’t have a backup) so fingers crossed the sun comes out🙂

Ready to hear about my random musings?? Lets go…….


A new designer. I love her style…..this first picture that I found totally got me. Christine Godfredson is one talented gal!? I am sure you can see why she had me at this first picture …exquisite, but then I looked further and it was “wow, wow and wow”…..click here for more Christine.

Books. I do love my books so was thrilled when ? I received a wonderful book in the mail sent by Charisse from Whimsical Homes and gardens…. a newer blog and a beautiful one worth checking out! She knows I love horses and art and she being an avid horsewoman was so kind to send me this amazing book, The Horse, 30,000 years of the horse in art. It is absolutely exquisite.? So thank you Charisse and for any horse/art lover out there, I cannot recommend this highly enough and tell you just how beautiful? it is! Wonderful gift idea too…….Click here to purchase from Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Pillows for loggia. Thank you again for helping me narrow things down. I ended up ordering two groupings…and will surprise you! I will try both groupings and whichever one I don’t use will be used for our main patio. I am so excited! If you missed that post, click here….

Roberta Roller- Roberta Freyman. I have spoken of this label before. Love their prints, to me they scream coastal chic living. I love the robes and lounge clothes and fun tunics that can be dressed up or down. The colors just make me happy! When I was in East Hampton a few days ago, I picked up a few goodies. ? Click here to see more…..

i Phone Apps. This is an area where I am a total “newb” (as my kids like to refer to it). But thanks to my trusty friend, Kate of Preppy empty nester, she gave me the lowdown on all the apps to have to be one of the “cool kids”. (I can see my kids eyes rolling now). But seriously there are some amazing apps here!! This was so worth sharing….you have to see it! Here is one example….but click here to see all of them (so worth the read).

Shazam!


How many times do you hear a song on the radio and wonder what it is?? Well, there’s an app for that …and it’s called Shazam! ?Just hold? your phone up to the radio, press Shazam…and you’ll have the song and artist info in seconds. Then you can purchase the tune on iTunes or check out the concert schedule for that artist (that’s how I found out about JT’s NYC concert schedule…and yes, I’m going!!!) ?


Note… “JT” refers to Justin Timberlake and not my favorite, James Taylor. Guess Dude wants to win the award for “most senior audience member!”

***

Hamptons! One of my favorite places (especially when its not busy and off season)! A good friend and I went for the day and had such a great time. Any day that starts with the best fish tacos is a good day in my book. If ever out that way, you must must try Bostwicks, best fish tacos ever! Here are a few highlights of my day including several pictures of the amazing Restoration Hardware Store in East Hampton, must say they looked exceptional!

Loved the overflowing white hydrangeas in front of the super charming Ralph Lauren store in EH

Every corner has something beautiful to marvel at…..
And check out how good Restoration Hardware in East Hampton looked…….

Loved the antique mirrored panels in the elevator…..

??????????????????????????????????????????????????? Yep it’s official…love the Hamptons as much as ever!

?Shop news. These are the two new oversized jars that were made for Ralph Lauren himself! I snagged 10 of each and let me tell you they are gorgeous with a capital G!? Click here to visit them at my online shop…..

Also very excited, finally after waiting months and months am getting back in the gorgeous chargers, getting in 75 pieces. So if you were one of the ones waiting, email me to reserve them. Truly gorgeous for any table. They are due here next week along with all these beauties…….

Speaking of my online shop..calling all enchanted customers! I want pictures for my online gallery……..please send a few of your beautiful homes/rooms featuring products you have bought from me. Here are some recent ones, the first is one from a customer all the way in Australia..how gorgeous they all are! Email me here with your images so I can add them to my online gallery:)

A wonderful giveaway. Surely you know Betty Lou Phillips! I have every single one of her books and unlike so many design books, hers deliver on every single page! I go back to her books often and reference all kinds of things from beautiful window treatment details to flooring and lighting ideas, she is a true master! Her books literally are like a gift that keeps on giving, can’t say that about too many design books!? Betty Lou is a super duper talented designer heavy on the French accents, which is her trademark and suffice to say,? I am big fan.

I was soooo excited to receive a copy of her latest accomplishment, Interiors by Design. In this wonderful new book/file folder she covers endless design subjects and includes hundreds of photos as well as wonderful “insider” design tips. It’s like having a top designer as your best friend!

And she was generous enough to include a second one as a giveaway. How great is that? This is chock full of all the ‘insiders” information that everyone could want to possibly know. I mean seriously just check out these droolworthy images, tell me who wouldn’t want advice from someone with this much talent!! Click here to visit her site and learn more about this talented dynamo.

So how to win? Easy! Just leave a comment here, and I will announce a lucky winner on Wednesday morning. Remember anonymous readers you must include a first name and last name intial in the body of the comment. Good luck!

Well that’s a wrap! Hope whatever you are doing for the weekend is wonderful and relaxing. We have a fancy schmancy dinner party tonight and a few games,? so it should be fun, not to mention I am knee deep in a few organization projects in my house…..making dents but have a ways to go. Wishing you a wonderful day and a fabulous summer weekend. Hard to believe summer is finally here…woo hoo!


Weekend musings…..and a giveaway!

Hi there,  hard to believe its the weekend already…….boy this week flew! I was everywhere from the city to the Hamptons to Greenwich, CT. Busy but fun! Hope you had a wonderful and productive week. Busy weekend ahead too and its been raining like mad over here but it was nice to wake up to clearing skies!  Supposed to clear up by later today,  fingers crossed, my white pants and strappy sandals for a tony dinner party tonight and they won’t cut it in the rain (and I don’t have a backup) so fingers crossed the sun comes out🙂

Ready to hear about my random musings?  Lets go…….


A new designer. I love her style…..this first picture that I found totally got me. Christine Godfredson is one talented gal!  I am sure you can see why she had me at this first picture …exquisite, but then I looked further and it was “wow, wow and wow”…..click here for more Christine.

Books. I do love my books so was thrilled when   I received a wonderful book in the mail sent by Charisse from Whimsical Homes and gardens…. a newer blog and a beautiful one worth checking out! She knows I love horses and art and she being an avid horsewoman was so kind to send me this amazing book, The Horse, 30,000 years of the horse in art. It is absolutely exquisite.  So thank you Charisse and for any horse/art lover out there, I cannot recommend this highly enough and tell you just how beautiful  it is! Wonderful gift idea too…….Click here to purchase from Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Pillows for loggia. Thank you again for helping me narrow things down. I ended up ordering two groupings…and will surprise you! I will try both groupings and whichever one I don’t use will be used for our main patio. I am so excited! If you missed that post, click here….

Roberta Roller- Roberta Freyman. I have spoken of this label before. Love their prints, to me they scream coastal chic living. I love the robes and lounge clothes and fun tunics that can be dressed up or down. The colors just make me happy! When I was in East Hampton a few days ago, I picked up a few goodies.   Click here to see more…..

i Phone Apps. This is an area where I am a total “newb” (as my kids like to refer to it). But thanks to my trusty friend, Kate of Preppy empty nester, she gave me the lowdown on all the apps to have to be one of the “cool kids”. (I can see my kids eyes rolling now). But seriously there are some amazing apps here!! This was so worth sharing….you have to see it! Here is one example….but click here to see all of them (so worth the read).

Shazam!


How many times do you hear a song on the radio and wonder what it is?  Well, there’s an app for that …and it’s called Shazam!  Just hold  your phone up to the radio, press Shazam…and you’ll have the song and artist info in seconds. Then you can purchase the tune on iTunes or check out the concert schedule for that artist (that’s how I found out about JT’s NYC concert schedule…and yes, I’m going!!!)  


Note… “JT” refers to Justin Timberlake and not my favorite, James Taylor. Guess Dude wants to win the award for “most senior audience member!”

***

Hamptons! One of my favorite places (especially when its not busy and off season)! A good friend and I went for the day and had such a great time. Any day that starts with the best fish tacos is a good day in my book. If ever out that way, you must must try Bostwicks, best fish tacos ever! Here are a few highlights of my day including several pictures of the amazing Restoration Hardware Store in East Hampton, must say they looked exceptional!

Loved the overflowing white hydrangeas in front of the super charming Ralph Lauren store in EH

Every corner has something beautiful to marvel at…..
And check out how good Restoration Hardware in East Hampton looked…….

Loved the antique mirrored panels in the elevator…..

                                                    Yep it’s official…love the Hamptons as much as ever!

 Shop news. These are the two new oversized jars that were made for Ralph Lauren himself! I snagged 10 of each and let me tell you they are gorgeous with a capital G!  Click here to visit them at my online shop…..

Also very excited, finally after waiting months and months am getting back in the gorgeous chargers, getting in 75 pieces. So if you were one of the ones waiting, email me to reserve them. Truly gorgeous for any table. They are due here next week along with all these beauties…….

Speaking of my online shop..calling all enchanted customers! I want pictures for my online gallery……..please send a few of your beautiful homes/rooms featuring products you have bought from me. Here are some recent ones, the first is one from a customer all the way in Australia..how gorgeous they all are! Email me here with your images so I can add them to my online gallery:)

A wonderful giveaway. Surely you know Betty Lou Phillips! I have every single one of her books and unlike so many design books, hers deliver on every single page! I go back to her books often and reference all kinds of things from beautiful window treatment details to flooring and lighting ideas, she is a true master! Her books literally are like a gift that keeps on giving, can’t say that about too many design books!  Betty Lou is a super duper talented designer heavy on the French accents, which is her trademark and suffice to say,  I am big fan.

I was soooo excited to receive a copy of her latest accomplishment, Interiors by Design. In this wonderful new book/file folder she covers endless design subjects and includes hundreds of photos as well as wonderful “insider” design tips. It’s like having a top designer as your best friend!

And she was generous enough to include a second one as a giveaway. How great is that? This is chock full of all the ‘insiders” information that everyone could want to possibly know. I mean seriously just check out these droolworthy images, tell me who wouldn’t want advice from someone with this much talent!! Click here to visit her site and learn more about this talented dynamo.

So how to win? Easy! Just leave a comment here, and I will announce a lucky winner on Wednesday morning. Remember anonymous readers you must include a first name and last name intial in the body of the comment. Good luck!

Well that’s a wrap! Hope whatever you are doing for the weekend is wonderful and relaxing. We have a fancy schmancy dinner party tonight and a few games,  so it should be fun, not to mention I am knee deep in a few organization projects in my house…..making dents but have a ways to go. Wishing you a wonderful day and a fabulous summer weekend. Hard to believe summer is finally here…woo hoo!


Mid week musings and a Sailormade giveaway!

Hi and happy Wednesday afternoon to you! I have been busy, busy, busy between houseguests, fun day trips, lots of work and some aggravation courtesy of Apple……speaking of, ?I almost feel like a bonafide Apple expert. My computer had a total melt down, though Macs never get “viruses” , it doesn’t mean that the files do not get corrupted which is exactly what happened. I took it upon myself to, after being gone all day yesterday to figure things out myself late last night into the wee hours of the morning. Oh boy…..it was quite an experience! The good news is I am back in business without having had to buy a new computer, but have a new operating system, Snow Leopard and being one who does not like change, its going to take a little getting used to.

Moving on…..Busy week for me, had a wonderful visit with my sister and her family, lots of fun things this week…..its a week devoted to “me” and having fun and finally cherishing what little is left of summer! Was out in beautiful Southampton which was a blast, I always fulfill my retail therapy fantasies when in the super chic world of the Hampton’s. Going into the city Friday, heading out to a very special horse farm (will take pictures) with a friend for a fun day trip ?and a few tidbits happening at the house as well as in my shop! So lets get rolling……





Remember the darling Sailormade bracelets I featured a week or so ago? Well guess what…..unbeknowst to me, they read my blog! How cool is that! Going a step further, they are offering a wonderful giveaway…..can you say awesome! The lucky winner will win one of the two brackets below(your choice). To be eligible all you have to do is visit Sailormade, check out their wonderful products, come back here and tell me a fave. The lucky winner will be announced on Friday!

And hot off the presses…check out this SUPER CHIC picture my reader just sent me, telling me she just ordered two Sailormade bracelets after I posted about them last week, does she have style or what! I may need to copy!

Here is a little blurb for you that shares Sailormade’s inspiration for the Brummel Bracelet.

“The Brummel bracelet by Sailormade combines high-performance sailing rope with the ingenious design of a brummel hook as the fastener. This popular hardware has been used for over a century aboard small and large sailing vessels to securely attach lines, sheets and flag halyards. The hook is connected by aligning each opening at a right angle to its mate. When attached and under load, the Brummel hooks remain firmly fastened. This triple-wrap rope bracelet looks great, on your wrist and in the water!

Sailormade is the tangible result of a dream hatched by two friends with a passion for life on the water and a love of great design.”






Speaking of cool things and the Hampton’s, one store I always find something in is Roberta Roller Rabbit, chic colorful and fun tunics that are really affordable. So many wonderful vibrant prints, you feel happier wearing them! ?Click here to visit her wonderful site.Here are a few faves…..

And then of course I always have to get something from Gretchen Scott, long my favorite go to source for great little cotton dresses that double as cover ups and a seemingly endless array of tunics in all kinds of fabulous prints. Here’s a peek at her things….

LOVE this robe…..its soooo soft!
House biz…..got my gorgeous drapes up in my main powder room! Now we are awaiting the countertop/sink/faucet, need to put up the mirror and we are done..woo hoo! I got the best pictures that I could. Really happy with them!

(I know I know lots of pictures you know I get carried away)!
And moving along in the back powder room too….wallpaper not yet up but got the darling gingham silk drapes up and really loving the way it warms up the bathroom. Here’s a sneak peek of the room in progress.

Heres the wallpaper

As?I am waiting for a long long time (hear that Thomas O Brien) for my sconces, which will be antiques by the time they arrive, I am trying to wrap up other small things in my bathroom. One thing that I needed to do was to order florettes/rosettes for the corners of my mirror. I knew what I wanted but couldn’t find it save for the usual glass or crystal florettes you see everywhere. i wanted something silver and old and “lacey” looking. And by golly, I found it!
Take a look……………..

Though I am of course doing silver…..I tried a few different sizes

The little wire is just holding it on temporarily until I decide?

You know I always love to throw in a little something about food, right? Well……this is too good to not share, so I made this the other night and lets just say I was tempted to tell my family it was horrible so they wouldn’t want any and would be content with?a sandwich but I am not that cruel! Next time I know to double up on the recipe however!
Risotto?
You know the key to almost any good risotto is lots of fresh parmesan, yum!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups?Parmesan, Romano, Or Asiago Cheese (or A Mixture Of All Three)
  • 3 cloves?(to 4 Cloves) Garlic
  • 1/2 whole?Large Onion
  • 1 Tablespoon?Olive Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon?Butter
  • 1 pound?Arborio Rice
  • 7 cups?(to 8 Cups) Chicken Broth
  • 1 cup?(to 1 1/2 Cups) Heavy Cream
  • 1 Tablespoon?(to 2 Tablespoons) Chives, Chopped
  • Salt And Pepper, to taste

Preparation Instructions

Grate 2 cups of cheese. Peel and finely dice 3 to 4 cloves of garlic. Dice ? of a large onion.
Heat a large skillet over medium-low heat and add 1 tablespoon of Olive Oil. Then add 1 tablespoon of butter. Throw in the garlic and onion and saut? for a couple of minutes until the onion is translucent.
Add 1 pound of Arborio rice and stir to coat the rice thoroughly. Adding 1 cup at a time, add 7-8 ounces of chicken broth, stirring constantly after each addition. As soon as it appears that the rice has absorbed each helping of broth, add in the next helping. Do not stop stirring. This process will take at least 20 minutes. Rice is done when it no longer has a hard bite.
When more of the broth is absorbed pour in 1 to 1 ? cups of heavy cream. Next add the grated cheese and stir thoroughly. Add in plenty of fresh cracked pepper and about 1 to 2 tablespoons of chopped chives. Add salt to taste.
Make it. Make it now. Eat! Enjoy!

A little store biz….though I am phasing out the Seda France candles, I am going full steam ahead with my crystal hurricane candles with the worlds most heavenly gardenia scent. These are amazing, have extra long burn times, are triple scented which means even one can permeate a room and are simply spectacular to look at! They will all be up and available next week but if you want to order now, as usual just email me to theenchantedhome@gmail.com. A few new shapes/sizes coming in which is very exciting, and here they are
This is the gorgeous 50 oz very large about 12″ and empty its quite a show piece too…..

A new one, even taller and holds 60 oz of gardenia heaven!

A new style for the mini, about 5-6″ tall

Another mini new style

A current style, beautiful classic urn

Another current style, elegant lacey crystal

A new mini style…so pretty!
So that’s about it for today….will be back on Friday with a winner for the darling Sailormade bracelet. Hope you are having a great week and enjoying summers fleeting days…the back to school banter is getting louder and the clothes are getting darker, a sure sign fall is near. Do hope you enjoy these last few weeks of summer! Thanks to Sailormade for their fun giveaway and to all of you for stopping in for a visit! ?Until next time……



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Mid week musings and a Sailormade giveaway!

Hi and happy Wednesday afternoon to you! I have been busy, busy, busy between houseguests, fun day trips, lots of work and some aggravation courtesy of Apple……speaking of,  I almost feel like a bonafide Apple expert. My computer had a total melt down, though Macs never get “viruses” , it doesn’t mean that the files do not get corrupted which is exactly what happened. I took it upon myself to, after being gone all day yesterday to figure things out myself late last night into the wee hours of the morning. Oh boy…..it was quite an experience! The good news is I am back in business without having had to buy a new computer, but have a new operating system, Snow Leopard and being one who does not like change, its going to take a little getting used to.

Moving on…..Busy week for me, had a wonderful visit with my sister and her family, lots of fun things this week…..its a week devoted to “me” and having fun and finally cherishing what little is left of summer! Was out in beautiful Southampton which was a blast, I always fulfill my retail therapy fantasies when in the super chic world of the Hampton’s. Going into the city Friday, heading out to a very special horse farm (will take pictures) with a friend for a fun day trip  and a few tidbits happening at the house as well as in my shop! So lets get rolling……

Remember the darling Sailormade bracelets I featured a week or so ago? Well guess what…..unbeknowst to me, they read my blog! How cool is that! Going a step further, they are offering a wonderful giveaway…..can you say awesome! The lucky winner will win one of the two brackets below(your choice). To be eligible all you have to do is visit Sailormade, check out their wonderful products, come back here and tell me a fave. The lucky winner will be announced on Friday!

And hot off the presses…check out this SUPER CHIC picture my reader just sent me, telling me she just ordered two Sailormade bracelets after I posted about them last week, does she have style or what! I may need to copy!

Here is a little blurb for you that shares Sailormade’s inspiration for the Brummel Bracelet.

“The Brummel bracelet by Sailormade combines high-performance sailing rope with the ingenious design of a brummel hook as the fastener. This popular hardware has been used for over a century aboard small and large sailing vessels to securely attach lines, sheets and flag halyards. The hook is connected by aligning each opening at a right angle to its mate. When attached and under load, the Brummel hooks remain firmly fastened. This triple-wrap rope bracelet looks great, on your wrist and in the water!

Sailormade is the tangible result of a dream hatched by two friends with a passion for life on the water and a love of great design.”

Speaking of cool things and the Hampton’s, one store I always find something in is Roberta Roller Rabbit, chic colorful and fun tunics that are really affordable. So many wonderful vibrant prints, you feel happier wearing them!  Click here to visit her wonderful site.Here are a few faves…..

And then of course I always have to get something from Gretchen Scott, long my favorite go to source for great little cotton dresses that double as cover ups and a seemingly endless array of tunics in all kinds of fabulous prints. Here’s a peek at her things….

LOVE this robe…..its soooo soft!
House biz…..got my gorgeous drapes up in my main powder room! Now we are awaiting the countertop/sink/faucet, need to put up the mirror and we are done..woo hoo! I got the best pictures that I could. Really happy with them!

(I know I know lots of pictures you know I get carried away)!
And moving along in the back powder room too….wallpaper not yet up but got the darling gingham silk drapes up and really loving the way it warms up the bathroom. Here’s a sneak peek of the room in progress.

Heres the wallpaper

As I am waiting for a long long time (hear that Thomas O Brien) for my sconces, which will be antiques by the time they arrive, I am trying to wrap up other small things in my bathroom. One thing that I needed to do was to order florettes/rosettes for the corners of my mirror. I knew what I wanted but couldn’t find it save for the usual glass or crystal florettes you see everywhere. i wanted something silver and old and “lacey” looking. And by golly, I found it!
Take a look……………..

Though I am of course doing silver…..I tried a few different sizes

The little wire is just holding it on temporarily until I decide 

You know I always love to throw in a little something about food, right? Well……this is too good to not share, so I made this the other night and lets just say I was tempted to tell my family it was horrible so they wouldn’t want any and would be content with a sandwich but I am not that cruel! Next time I know to double up on the recipe however!
Risotto 
You know the key to almost any good risotto is lots of fresh parmesan, yum!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Parmesan, Romano, Or Asiago Cheese (or A Mixture Of All Three)
  • 3 cloves (to 4 Cloves) Garlic
  • 1/2 whole Large Onion
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Butter
  • 1 pound Arborio Rice
  • 7 cups (to 8 Cups) Chicken Broth
  • 1 cup (to 1 1/2 Cups) Heavy Cream
  • 1 Tablespoon (to 2 Tablespoons) Chives, Chopped
  • Salt And Pepper, to taste

Preparation Instructions

Grate 2 cups of cheese. Peel and finely dice 3 to 4 cloves of garlic. Dice ? of a large onion.
Heat a large skillet over medium-low heat and add 1 tablespoon of Olive Oil. Then add 1 tablespoon of butter. Throw in the garlic and onion and saut? for a couple of minutes until the onion is translucent.
Add 1 pound of Arborio rice and stir to coat the rice thoroughly. Adding 1 cup at a time, add 7-8 ounces of chicken broth, stirring constantly after each addition. As soon as it appears that the rice has absorbed each helping of broth, add in the next helping. Do not stop stirring. This process will take at least 20 minutes. Rice is done when it no longer has a hard bite.
When more of the broth is absorbed pour in 1 to 1 ? cups of heavy cream. Next add the grated cheese and stir thoroughly. Add in plenty of fresh cracked pepper and about 1 to 2 tablespoons of chopped chives. Add salt to taste.
Make it. Make it now. Eat! Enjoy!

A little store biz….though I am phasing out the Seda France candles, I am going full steam ahead with my crystal hurricane candles with the worlds most heavenly gardenia scent. These are amazing, have extra long burn times, are triple scented which means even one can permeate a room and are simply spectacular to look at! They will all be up and available next week but if you want to order now, as usual just email me to theenchantedhome@gmail.com. A few new shapes/sizes coming in which is very exciting, and here they are
This is the gorgeous 50 oz very large about 12″ and empty its quite a show piece too…..

A new one, even taller and holds 60 oz of gardenia heaven!

A new style for the mini, about 5-6″ tall

Another mini new style

A current style, beautiful classic urn

Another current style, elegant lacey crystal

A new mini style…so pretty!
So that’s about it for today….will be back on Friday with a winner for the darling Sailormade bracelet. Hope you are having a great week and enjoying summers fleeting days…the back to school banter is getting louder and the clothes are getting darker, a sure sign fall is near. Do hope you enjoy these last few weeks of summer! Thanks to Sailormade for their fun giveaway and to all of you for stopping in for a visit!  Until next time……

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