2 winners and a final Christmas giveaway………..

Before I begin-  The beautiful and stylish Debby that we all know and love from Inspired Design was so kind to feature my home decorated for the holidays today! Be sure to stop over by clicking here and take a peek…she did such a beautiful job. Thank you Debby!

Hi there, such busy days this week. I am sure its the same for you. Exciting, adrenaline rushing, maddening and chaotic all rolled into one. I think the bulk of my “elf duties” is done but now I am concentrating on the final details for our annual Christmas family party this weekend. So that is what I will be busy doing these next few days……it all gets done so I am not sweating it (or at least trying not to). Also have out of town guests coming in, so it’s going to get really busy around here. First things first! I want to announce the two lucky winners from last weeks contest. Congratulations goes to…..

For the Judith August book and product, the winner is……

Result: 42

Happy Birthday, Tina! Your house is looking festive and ready for the holidays. As always, no one does a better job than you. Thank you for the great giveaway. For make-up, I’d choose everything to cover under eye dark circles. For sweets, it is the holiday gift set — you get to taste everything.

Reply

And for the sweets from Sucre, the winner is………(from Facebook)

Result: 1

I’m visiting from the enchanted home and love any of the nuts and the macaroons.

Like ? ? December 15 at 9:16am


Please contact me here to provide your shipping details.

I promised a giveaway a week in November and I have to say there have been some really amazing giveaways which I have had a lot of fun giving away! Today’s is a whopper..one could argue the best for last or at least one of the bests for last!

 I think just about everyone knows Safavieh Home. A mecca for the best brands at the best prices. Period. There is no getting around it….they have everything, including all the very best brands and their prices cannot be beat. So they have generously offered this amazingly beautiful bench, I LOVE this piece and doubt anyone would be hard pressed to find a place for this beauty.

 I adore the pickled wood and the neutral cotton like velvet fabric, a great neutral, and such an elegant piece!

I thought it would be fun to look at some of my favorite things from Safavieh and there are indeed a ton of things to admire,  then details follow on how to enter!

Kind of gets you in the mood to decorate, doesn’t it? OK to enter, all you need to do is visit Safavieh Home by clicking here, check out all the goodies, come back here and tell me a favorite item. That is it..you are in the running!

If you want a second chance, leave them a comment on Facebook by clicking here telling them you are from The Enchanted Home and what your favorite item is. I will announce a lucky winner on Monday morning! Thanks as always for stopping in, wishing you a wonderful day.

Three more tidbits to remember-

1. The gift buying, decorating, gift giving, food prepping, and all the festive fun is so wonderful but this post singlehandedly reminds us all of how precious life is and what the real meaning of the holidays is. I think its impossible to read this and not get choked up, but let me tell you it was one of the most touching and beautiful posts I have read about Christmas all season long. Talk about putting it in perspective, I strongly advise you to take a look. Click here on Preppy Princess to visit.

http://preppyprincessblog.com/2013/12/18/avoiding-little-miss-crankypants/

2. Don’t forget to send in your Christmas related pictures as the holiday gets underway! Now accepting pictures for my “Christmas magic” contest and already getting in some beauties!!

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

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

Please email your pictures to theenchantedhome@gmail.com 

3. If you missed the most amazing gingerbread houses, you must click here to see!

That’s it I promise! Wishing you a fabulous and productive day! Don’t forget to take little breathers and to take good care of yourself. I am practicing what I preach and doing things like indulging in a little chocolate or getting a pedicure…..something that feels good:) Thanks for stopping in!

2 winners and a final Christmas giveaway………..

Before I begin-? The beautiful and stylish Debby that we all know and love from Inspired Design was so kind to feature my home decorated for the holidays today! Be sure to stop over by clicking here and take a peek…she did such a beautiful job. Thank you Debby!

Hi there, such busy days this week. I am sure its the same for you. Exciting, adrenaline rushing, maddening and chaotic all rolled into one. I think the bulk of my “elf duties” is done but now I am concentrating on the final details for our annual Christmas family party this weekend. So that is what I will be busy doing these next few days……it all gets done so I am not sweating it (or at least trying not to). Also have out of town guests coming in, so it’s going to get really busy around here. First things first! I want to announce the two lucky winners from last weeks contest. Congratulations goes to…..

For the Judith August book and product, the winner is……

Result: 42

Happy Birthday, Tina! Your house is looking festive and ready for the holidays. As always, no one does a better job than you. Thank you for the great giveaway. For make-up, I’d choose everything to cover under eye dark circles. For sweets, it is the holiday gift set — you get to taste everything.

Reply

And for the sweets from Sucre, the winner is………(from Facebook)

Result: 1

I’m visiting from the enchanted home and love any of the nuts and the macaroons.

December 15 at 9:16am


Please contact me here to provide your shipping details.

I promised a giveaway a week in November and I have to say there have been some really amazing giveaways which I have had a lot of fun giving away! Today’s is a whopper..one could argue the best for last or at least one of the bests for last!

?I think just about everyone knows Safavieh Home. A mecca for the best brands at the best prices. Period. There is no getting around it….they have everything, including all the very best brands and their prices cannot be beat. So they have generously offered this amazingly beautiful bench, I LOVE this piece and doubt anyone would be hard pressed to find a place for this beauty.

?I adore the pickled wood and the neutral cotton like velvet fabric, a great neutral, and such an elegant piece!

I thought it would be fun to look at some of my favorite things from Safavieh and there are indeed a ton of things to admire,? then details follow on how to enter!

Kind of gets you in the mood to decorate, doesn’t it? OK to enter, all you need to do is visit Safavieh Home by clicking here, check out all the goodies, come back here and tell me a favorite item. That is it..you are in the running!

If you want a second chance, leave them a comment on Facebook by clicking here telling them you are from The Enchanted Home and what your favorite item is. I will announce a lucky winner on Monday morning! Thanks as always for stopping in, wishing you a wonderful day.

Three more tidbits to remember-

1. The gift buying, decorating, gift giving, food prepping, and all the festive fun is so wonderful but this post singlehandedly reminds us all of how precious life is and what the real meaning of the holidays is. I think its impossible to read this and not get choked up, but let me tell you it was one of the most touching and beautiful posts I have read about Christmas all season long. Talk about putting it in perspective, I strongly advise you to take a look. Click here on Preppy Princess to visit.

http://preppyprincessblog.com/2013/12/18/avoiding-little-miss-crankypants/

2. Don’t forget to send in your Christmas related pictures as the holiday gets underway! Now accepting pictures for my “Christmas magic” contest and already getting in some beauties!!

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

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

Please email your pictures to theenchantedhome@gmail.com?

3. If you missed the most amazing gingerbread houses, you must click here to see!

That’s it I promise! Wishing you a fabulous and productive day! Don’t forget to take little breathers and to take good care of yourself. I am practicing what I preach and doing things like indulging in a little chocolate or getting a pedicure…..something that feels good:) Thanks for stopping in!

Which would you choose? And a fabulous Safavieh giveaway!

Good Saturday morning to you! Can’t believe it’s the weekend…this week really flew for me,  I am looking forward to a low key relaxing kind of weekend….after the pace I have been keeping its a welcome relief.  One wonderful giveaway comes to an end and another fabulous one arrives!! First let me announce the winner of the beautiful gardening gloves and kneepads from Angela’s Garden. Congratulations goes to…..

Result: 117

Barbara P from MA April 4, 2013 at 8:00 PM

Thanks for introducing us to Angela’s Garden. The gloves are so pretty and look very comfortable. The Green Garden tote looks like it would be a perfect solution to carry all of my hand tools to my garden beds that are a distance from the house. Loved this post!!! I too can’t wait to get outside and start working in my gardens!
Please contact me here to provide your shipping details!

Moving on, I think its safe to say we all have a few things in common………we all love beautiful furniture, we all love a great discount and who doesn’t love a great giveaway! Thanks to the generosity of Safavieh Home,  and their celebration of their 35 years going strong…they are offering up not only a super generous 20% discount code for Enchanted readers  off of ANYTHING on their online store but they are also offering a wonderful giveaway!!

Safavieh Home is known far and wide for their truly incredible selection of every major brand of furniture, as well as their own exquisite private label, a vast collection of rugs, every kind of accessory, from the most traditional to ultra modern, lighting, you name it……they have it! They ship worldwide, offer the absolute best customer service and will beat any price…… can you ask for more? All details on the bottom of this post.

 So thought to kick things off, it would be fun to imagine the furniture fairy has paid you a visit and granted you one wish for one of these Safavieh beauties to  make their way through  your front door. So its your turn….which would you choose?

CHOICE 1
 CHOICE 2

CHOICE 3

CHOICE 4

CHOICE 5
CHOICE 6
CHOICE 7


CHOICE 8

CHOICE 9
CHOICE 10
CHOICE 11
CHOICE 12

CHOICE 13
CHOICE 14


CHOICE 15

Candace Bookcase

CHOICE 16

Decatur coffee table

CHOICE 17

 Sabine balloon chair

CHOICE 18

Union Jack chair

Are you in furniture nirvana? Me too……gets me dreaming. Now about  the delightful giveaway! I love this ottoman, and who can’t use a practical ottoman? Best part….its a shoe ottoman! That’s right, this beauty holds several pair of shoes….simply awesome.

 So next time you go on a shoe buying splurge and need to “hide the goods” you have the perfect place 🙂 So to be eligible, all you need to do is visit Safavieh Home and come back here and tell us a favorite item on their site. Click here to visit them.

If you want a second chance to win, visit them on Facebook (click here)
Leave a comment and don’t forget to mention you are from The Enchanted Home

Its also the perfect time to finally splurge on that item you have had your eye on, with a very generous 20% off of anything on their site. For my readers only use the code “enchanted” at checkout. Good for 2 weeks. Happy shopping!

Remember anonymous, you must leave a first name and last name initial in body of comment otherwise I have no way of knowing who you are!
Good luck everyone..so your turn, which would you choose? Inquiring minds want to know! Happy weekend to everyone, thank you  for stopping in and  a big thank you to Safavieh Home for your generosity!

Which would you choose? And a fabulous Safavieh giveaway!

Good Saturday morning to you! Can’t believe it’s the weekend…this week really flew for me,? I am looking forward to a low key relaxing kind of weekend….after the pace I have been keeping its a welcome relief.? One wonderful giveaway comes to an end and another fabulous one arrives!! First let me announce the winner of the beautiful gardening gloves and kneepads from Angela’s Garden. Congratulations goes to…..

Result: 117

Barbara P from MA April 4, 2013 at 8:00 PM

Thanks for introducing us to Angela’s Garden. The gloves are so pretty and look very comfortable. The Green Garden tote looks like it would be a perfect solution to carry all of my hand tools to my garden beds that are a distance from the house. Loved this post!!! I too can’t wait to get outside and start working in my gardens!
Please contact me here to provide your shipping details!

Moving on, I think its safe to say we all have a few things in common………we all love beautiful furniture, we all love a great discount and who doesn’t love a great giveaway! Thanks to the generosity of Safavieh Home,? and their celebration of their 35 years going strong…they are offering up not only a super generous 20% discount code for Enchanted readers? off of ANYTHING on their online store but they are also offering a wonderful giveaway!!

Safavieh Home is known far and wide for their truly incredible selection of every major brand of furniture, as well as their own exquisite private label, a vast collection of rugs, every kind of accessory, from the most traditional to ultra modern, lighting, you name it……they have it! They ship worldwide, offer the absolute best customer service and will beat any price…… can you ask for more? All details on the bottom of this post.

?So thought to kick things off, it would be fun to imagine the furniture fairy has paid you a visit and granted you one wish for one of these Safavieh beauties to? make their way through? your front door. So its your turn….which would you choose?

CHOICE 1

?CHOICE 2

CHOICE 3

CHOICE 4

CHOICE 5
CHOICE 6
CHOICE 7


CHOICE 8

CHOICE 9
CHOICE 10
CHOICE 11
CHOICE 12

CHOICE 13
CHOICE 14


CHOICE 15

Candace Bookcase

CHOICE 16

Decatur coffee table

CHOICE 17

?Sabine balloon chair

CHOICE 18

Union Jack chair

Are you in furniture nirvana? Me too……gets me dreaming. Now about? the delightful giveaway! I love this ottoman, and who can’t use a practical ottoman? Best part….its a shoe ottoman! That’s right, this beauty holds several pair of shoes….simply awesome.

?So next time you go on a shoe buying splurge and need to “hide the goods” you have the perfect place 🙂 So to be eligible, all you need to do is visit Safavieh Home and come back here and tell us a favorite item on their site. Click here to visit them.

If you want a second chance to win, visit them on Facebook (click here)
Leave a comment and don’t forget to mention you are from The Enchanted Home

Its also the perfect time to finally splurge on that item you have had your eye on, with a very generous 20% off of anything on their site. For my readers only use the code “enchanted” at checkout. Good for 2 weeks. Happy shopping!

Remember anonymous, you must leave a first name and last name initial in body of comment otherwise I have no way of knowing who you are!
Good luck everyone..so your turn, which would you choose? Inquiring minds want to know! Happy weekend to everyone, thank you? for stopping in and? a big thank you to Safavieh Home for your generosity!

Bits and pieces I am loving……chapter 1

Good Saturday morning. As we continue to settle in, I am slowly thinking about furnishing this place! Right now I am concentrating on getting the kitchen, family room and breakfast room done. I have ordered bedding for my bedroom as well as my sons and will start working on window treatments. I am excited about the dining and living room and unlike my last house, where I took my time so much so that by the time we sold it after seven years after building it, I had just finished the dining room. I am determined this time to be much more expeditious in getting this house done! So in my travels, just some odds and ends that I am enjoying and liking very much. Thought I would share…..this will be a likely occurrence as I continue to scour the market for furnishings, fabrics and such hence the “chapter 1”. 

Also I was so happy to discover a simple button on my camera had not been set (auto light) and voila when I pressed it, I finally got the natural light in the pictures I had been wanting! Phew….I was starting to get annoyed as that meant I was going to have to read the manual and anyone who knows me knows how I hate reading manuals more than anything next to assembling something:) So here’s a picture of my kitchen with the new setting….much better!!

SO much better, right?


Now onto bits and pieces I am loving……..

Safavieh Home. Love their new Dutch Collection. I absolutely love every single piece in this entire collection! What beauty, all made of reclaimed wood and then painted and antiqued, whats not to love. Talk about statement pieces!!! Click here to visit.

Williams Sonoma…I don’t think they have ever looked better. Love all their monogrammed goodies as much for myself as for gift giving. And they have some fabulous lighting as well as beautiful high thread count bedding, monogrammed of course! Click here to visit them.


Decorative Crafts Lighting.I have spoken often about how much I like Decorative Crafts lighting. Their things are very well made, most made in Italy and are simply stunning. We used many of their things in our old home and are using sconces and lanterns from them in our new home. Click here to visit them.

PINK PAGODA I showed a few from Thursdays post…but they are so darn cute!! I love the statement this chic little case makes! Click here to visit!

So thats my bits and pieces for today. Anything exciting over on your end? Hope everyone has a great weekend, we have dinner plans, son left for a ski trip to Utah early this morning and hopefully tomorrow is going to be that long awaited lazy Sunday I have been longing for!!

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Bits and pieces I am loving……chapter 1

Good Saturday morning. As we continue to settle in, I am slowly thinking about furnishing this place! Right now I am concentrating on getting the kitchen, family room and breakfast room done. I have ordered bedding for my bedroom as well as my sons and will start working on window treatments. I am excited about the dining and living room and unlike my last house, where I took my time so much so that by the time we sold it after seven years after building it, I had just finished the dining room. I am determined this time to be much more expeditious in getting this house done! So in my travels, just some odds and ends that I am enjoying and liking very much. Thought I would share…..this will be a likely occurrence as I continue to scour the market for furnishings, fabrics and such hence the “chapter 1”.?



Also I was so happy to discover a simple button on my camera had not been set (auto light) and voila when I pressed it, I finally got the natural light in the pictures I had been wanting! Phew….I was starting to get annoyed as that meant I was going to have to read the manual and anyone who knows me knows how I hate reading manuals more than anything next to assembling something:) So here’s a picture of my kitchen with the new setting….much better!!

SO much better, right?



Now onto bits and pieces I am loving……..




Safavieh Home. Love their?new Dutch Collection. I absolutely love every single piece in this entire collection! What beauty, all made of reclaimed wood and then painted and antiqued, whats not to love. Talk about statement pieces!!! Click here to visit.




Williams Sonoma…I don’t think they have ever looked better. Love all their monogrammed goodies as much for myself as for gift giving. And they have some fabulous lighting as well as beautiful high thread count bedding, monogrammed of course! Click here to visit them.


Decorative Crafts Lighting.I have spoken often about how much I like Decorative Crafts lighting. Their things are very well made, most made in Italy and are simply stunning. We used many of their things in our old home and are using sconces and lanterns from them in our new home. Click here to visit them.

PINK PAGODA I showed a few from Thursdays post…but they are so darn cute!! I love the statement this chic little case makes! Click here to visit!

So thats my bits and pieces for today. Anything exciting over on your end? Hope everyone has a great weekend, we have dinner plans, son left for a ski trip to Utah early this morning and hopefully tomorrow is going to be that long awaited lazy Sunday I have been longing for!!

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Things I am loving Thursday and house updates!

Good morning, hope everyone is having a good week, hard to believe we are practically in October! Don’t know about where you are, but around here, its been raining cats and dogs. Humidity off the charts, NOT a good hair day lately! My hats have been seeing lots of use. My week has been busy and overwhelming. Lots of decisions still being made, and now that we are at last starting to tackle the decorating end, I REALLY feel overwhelmed! There has been non stop work going on over at the house but I don’t feel the pictures of this weeks progress will fully reflect that so I am just enclosing less than the usual amount of pictures as well as a few things I am loving this week, next week promises to be a full mega packed post of things as many things are happening next week! We are still aiming to move in by late October, so we are forging ahead fast and furious! Here we go…….

HOUSE UPDATES. Though there has been a lot going on this week, the pictures might not fairly show the progress being made. Come next week however, there are going to be big changes on the horizon. For one the countertops start getting put in, the biggest though is that the limestone..yes that LONG awaited limestone for the front entrance that we have been waiting on for many months is coming!!! Due here on Tuesday and cannot wait! You can be sure I will be snapping away. So this round might appear a little light, I dont’ want to bore you with more repetitious pictures so just trying to capture whats new…..

Awaiting counterops coming in next week, and cannot wait to lift the covering on the floor!

Refrigerator/freezer handles…woo hoo!

This is the display cabinet that is between the kitchen and butlers
Breakfast room done!
TV unit above fireplace in family room done!
Vestibule leading from family room to dining room

Beautiful herringbone floors upstairs
Sons vanity done and countertop in place!

New finish for my bathroom cabinetry, think we are almost there, this is whiter, has less yellow
We are still tweaking it…..
Bathroom starting to shape up…..

The reeding detail under the chair rail

A little peek at the stair rail, the only part that’s not covered…..

The curved wall detailing is completed, waiting for paint (and not to worry that’s a temporary sconce)

TOPIARIES. Long been a fan of them, always have a few in the house and outside by my front door. There is no limit as to what you can do with a topiary….you are only limited by your imagination as you will see here with some most unusual ones. I love green on black, don’t you? This first picture is so pretty, of this trio of topiaries on a black metal tray. Here are a few that I found particularly inspiring….



A topiary gazebo? WOW!


The Beatles? Imagine!
The circus has come to town…….

A GREAT BAKING ITEM. A baker I am not, but you hardly have to be a genius to figure out how to make a banana bread or pumpkin bread, and one of these warm out of the oven is pretty hard to beat on a cool crisp fall day. The only thing that could make it any better is to have it look amazingly beautiful and thanks to this nifty and beautiful loaf pan I found from Crate and Barrel of all places, I will oohing and ahhing everyone! I have yet to use it but plan to next week as a trial run and then will make something for the Thanksgiving holidays. Isn’t it neat?

DARKER GROUT ON SUBWAYS. Now that I decided I am going with Calacutta Gold subways for the backsplash in kitchen and butlers pantry,  I have been toying with the idea of giving it that old world touch by going darker with the grout. True, light grout gives it a fresh, clean feel which compliments the white marble beautifully but the darker grout gives it a certain presence, makes it feel instantly older and allows it to stand out a little more. I am going to experiment, but wondering what your thoughts are on using a darker grout with a lighter stone or tile? Here are some examples to show you…..

A MUCH ANTICIPATED BOOK COMING OUT. I LOVE Phoebe Howard, her style is very much like my own and I have yet to see a room of hers that I haven’t just drooled over. So needless to say, I am SUPER excited about her new book coming out spring of 2012. I will be one of the first to line up to get this book….I just know its going to be chock full of amazing interiors and inspiration.  The cover is the ultimate tease to what I can only guess is one heck of a great design book! Are you a Phoebe fan?

CREATING LITTLE VIGNETTES. Oh how I miss doing this! I must be getting really desperate because my poor little overworked to the bone blue and whites are doing serious overtime! I am constantly changing out with seasonal flowers and greenery. I love them but  cannot wait to unpack all my things so I can start “playing”. In the meantime, I played around with the little I do have…..

AN AWESOME GIVEAWAY. Down to the last two days to be eligible for this amazing French table!! Here is the lowdown…..

This giveaway is AMAZING with a capital A! Thanks to the generosity of




Safavieh Home 

It is for a stunning painted black French end table with an antiqued wood top! How beautiful is this? I cannot think of any room that wouldn’t look simply incredible with this wonderful side table!!

So…how to win this amazing giveaway? Simple!Safaviehs Facebook
FIRST…….Click here for their website and then here for theirFacebook page. Good luck and thank you Safavieh!
TO BE CLEAR……
 YOU MUST LEAVE A FACEBOOK COMMENT FOR SAFAVIEH TO BE ELIGIBLE. ONLY THOSE WHO LEAVE A COMMENT ON THEIR FACEBOOK PAGE SAYING THEY CAME FROM THE ENCHANTED HOME WILL BE ENTERED IN THE DRAWING.

So…how about you? Whats exciting you this week? Would love to know! Don’t forget to enter the giveaway from Safavieh by heading to their Facebook page, click here.
Enjoy your day!

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Things I am loving Thursday and house updates!

Good morning, hope everyone is having a good week, hard to believe we are practically in October! Don’t know about where you are, but around here, its been raining cats and dogs. Humidity off the charts, NOT a good hair day lately! My hats have been seeing lots of use. My week has been busy and overwhelming. Lots of decisions still being made, and now that we are at last starting to tackle the decorating end, I REALLY feel overwhelmed! There has been non stop work going on over at the house but I don’t feel the pictures of this weeks progress will fully reflect that so I am just enclosing less than the usual amount of pictures as well as a few things I am loving this week, next week promises to be a full mega packed post of things as many things are happening next week! We are still aiming to move in by late October, so we are forging ahead fast and furious! Here we go…….



HOUSE UPDATES. Though there has been a lot going on this week, the pictures might not fairly show the progress being made. Come next week however, there are going to be big changes on the horizon. For one the countertops start getting put in, the biggest though is that the limestone..yes that LONG awaited limestone for the front entrance that we have been waiting on for many months is coming!!! Due here on Tuesday and cannot wait! You can be sure I will be snapping away. So this round might appear a little light, I dont’ want to bore you with more repetitious pictures so just trying to capture whats new…..

Awaiting counterops coming in next week, and cannot wait to lift the covering on the floor!

Refrigerator/freezer handles…woo hoo!

This is the display cabinet that is between the kitchen and butlers
Breakfast room done!
TV unit above fireplace in family room done!
Vestibule leading from family room to dining room

Beautiful herringbone floors upstairs
Sons vanity done and countertop in place!

New finish for my bathroom cabinetry, think we are almost there, this is whiter, has less yellow
We are still tweaking it…..
Bathroom starting to shape up…..

The reeding detail under the chair rail

A little peek at the stair rail, the only part that’s not covered…..

The curved wall detailing is completed, waiting for paint (and not to worry that’s a temporary sconce)

TOPIARIES. Long been a fan of them, always have a few in the house and outside by my front door. There is no limit as to what you can do with?a topiary….you are only limited by your imagination as you will see here with some most unusual ones. I love green on black, don’t you? This first picture is so pretty, of this trio of topiaries on a black metal tray. Here are a few that I found particularly inspiring….





A topiary gazebo? WOW!



The Beatles? Imagine!
The circus has come to town…….

A GREAT BAKING ITEM. A baker I am not, but you hardly have to be a genius to figure out how to make a banana bread or pumpkin bread, and one of these warm out of the?oven is pretty hard to beat on a cool crisp fall day. The only thing that could make it any better is to have it look amazingly beautiful and thanks to this nifty and beautiful loaf pan I found from Crate and Barrel of all places, I will oohing and ahhing everyone! I have yet to use it but plan to next week as a trial run and then will make something for the Thanksgiving holidays. Isn’t it neat?

DARKER GROUT ON SUBWAYS. Now that I decided I am going with Calacutta Gold subways for the backsplash in kitchen and butlers pantry, ?I have been toying with the idea of giving it that old world touch by going darker with the grout. True, light grout gives it a fresh, clean feel which compliments the white marble beautifully but the darker grout gives it a certain presence, makes it feel instantly older and allows it to stand out a little more. I am going to experiment, but wondering what your thoughts are on using a darker grout with a lighter stone or tile? Here are some examples to show you…..

A MUCH ANTICIPATED BOOK COMING OUT. I LOVE Phoebe Howard, her style is very much like my own and I have yet to see a room of hers that I haven’t just drooled over. So needless to say, I am SUPER excited about her new book coming out spring of 2012. I will be one of the first to line up to get this book….I just know its going to be chock full of amazing interiors and inspiration. ?The cover is the ultimate tease to what I can only guess is one heck of a great design book! Are you a Phoebe fan?

CREATING LITTLE VIGNETTES. Oh how I miss doing this! I must be getting really desperate because my poor little overworked to the bone blue and whites are doing serious overtime! I am constantly changing out with seasonal flowers and greenery. I love them but ?cannot wait to unpack all my things so I can start “playing”. In the meantime, I played around with the little I do have…..

AN AWESOME GIVEAWAY. Down to the last two days to be eligible for this amazing French table!! Here is the lowdown…..

This giveaway is AMAZING with a capital A! Thanks to the generosity of





Safavieh Home?

It is for a stunning painted black French end table with an antiqued wood top! How beautiful is this? I cannot think of any room that wouldn’t look simply incredible with this wonderful side table!!

So…how to win this amazing giveaway? Simple!Safaviehs Facebook.?
FIRST…….Click?here?for their website and then?here?for theirFacebook?page. Good luck and thank you?Safavieh!
TO BE CLEAR……
?YOU MUST LEAVE A FACEBOOK COMMENT FOR SAFAVIEH TO BE ELIGIBLE. ONLY THOSE WHO LEAVE A COMMENT ON THEIR FACEBOOK PAGE SAYING THEY CAME FROM THE ENCHANTED HOME WILL BE ENTERED IN THE DRAWING.

So…how about you? Whats exciting you this week? Would love to know! Don’t forget to enter the giveaway from Safavieh by heading to their Facebook page, click here.
Enjoy your day!

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-LAST DAY TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR GORGEOUS KILIM BENCH GIVEAWAY!! DETAILS AT THE BOTTOM!-



Wow I cannot believe its already another Thursday , the days are going by fast and furious!! Can I just say I found myself ACTUALLY BLUSHING reading all the amazingly sweet and kind comments from yesterdays post. I am so grateful, your thoughts, sentiments and flattery made my day and lets just say it was not a great day so it was truly the sweet, delicious icing on a very flat cake! THANK YOU!!

?I hope all is well and hope you are all participating in the wonderful giveaway I am offering from Safavieh…such a gorgeous bench! All details on the bottom of this post. I start as I always do on house progress. Well, this stage is both exciting and frustrating, they are working every day (except Sunday) but the finishing feels painstakingly slow sometimes. I hate to sound like a chronic complainer but there are days that I go there and though I see progress I instead focus on all that has yet to be done and it overwhelms me. This week is one such week but we forge ahead and hope and pray we really will get to move into at least a part of the house in August. I welcome any and all prayers form you too…lol. You can never have too many of those.

?So here we go….







HOUSE UPDATES. Ok, trimwork is nearly done upstairs in all the bedrooms but the master which will be the last room to be finished as we have more detail in there. I think the trim guys did a great job and I love the sizes of the trim we used, its very substantial but not an overkill. Family room woodworking is humming right along and we are basically done with the breakfast room, just waiting on one more small molding. Kitchen..oh boy sore subject this week. We originally had coffered ceilings done, but over the course of time as my kitchen started to shape up and a clear vision was in sight, I realized no no no, the coffered ceiing is all wrong. So, much to my husbands dismay and wallet, we had it ripped out and the antiqued beams that I was lusting after are in the works. I know we will have no regrets and in the scheme of things its the only mistake so far that we have made that we had to “undo”, I know he will thank me later and I will watch him beam when people compliment US on our kitchen and the stunning antique beams (didn’t even realize I was saying he will be beaming over the beams) Overall this has been a long drawn out somewhat anticlimatic week though the progress is going forward at a good pace……more exciting stages to come!

Family room trucking along…
The ripped out kitchen ceiling now with just sheetrock, but you just wait till those bad boy beams get up there!
Family room
Breakfast room bay windows..love how they finished the ceiling
Breakfast room just about complete

Upstairs trim
Our adorable little shed from original house is coming down tormorrow:( to make way for new driveway
Favorite part of the day….



Part of the hallway done and awaiting paint!

Finished casings and baseboards/crown molding
Sons bath complete!

Close up…love this marble!
Finished very dusty ?beams and the new beams for kitchen
Even the white oak in its natural state is so pretty!
Welcome to our woodmaking shop aka the family room
Paneling coming along
Another view





THE NEW BRILLIANT STORE BY RESTORATION HARDWARE, BABY AND CHILD. I definitely can give credit when due and though I was getting a little bored of Gary Friedman’s “industrial chic” play on furniture and home decor, he has struck yet another pot of gold. No doubt RH has some amazing things, are decently priced and you get a lot of look for the money but its been played out so much that I think it got a little mundane. His newest genius idea is the uber sophisticated gorgeous did I say gorgeous store for “the younger set” and boy if I had a a little one, I might have to splurge on a plane ticket and go to Marin county (Corte Madera) just to visit this amazing store!!! Take a look at the knock your socks up space and its offerings!

A COOKING SCHOOL I CAN REALLY ATTEND! I always talk and fantasize about going to cooking schools that happen to be abroad, hum…maybe its not a total mistake that they happen to ?coincidentally be near some of my favorite cities, Paris, Tuscany, Provence! But seeing that its unlikely I will get to them in the near future, happy to have discovered one that is close enough to where I could actually attend. And its run by someone I like whose books I already own….Lidia Bastianich! Yep, she has started a cooking school at the eponymous Italian megamart,?Eataly that is all the rage in Manhattan! The reviews thus far are very favorable, how could they not be? I have been to 2 of her restaurants many times and was thrilled with my food every time…so may I present La Scuola di Eataly! Click?here to get more information.

Would love to get taught by Lydia!
Do I hear a yum!
Her capable hands will make a pro out of you yet…
Come to mama!
Sorry I should have warned you not to look at this on an hungry stomach..yummy!

If you get lucky you might get a visit from Mario himself!
BLUE AND BROWN. Anyone else like this combination? I have always loved it and been drawn to any space, wallpaper or fabric that uses this oh so pretty palette. Throw in some pretty blue and white china or pottery and you have a sensational looking room. The last wallpaper is Zoffany’s
Gustavius, ?which I love and have the sample of is something I hope to use somewhere!! So a few “inspirations” that I thought were especially pretty. I think this could be a beautiful colorway for a boys room too. Thoughts?
MONOGRAMMED GOODIES. You know how I love my monograms, can never have enough. The Elegant setting whose beautiful things have graced a few of my posts was kind enough to send me some pictures of other things they have been doing….and I thought they were all worth sharing! So many beautifully monogrammed goodies! Love the throws, all the assorted bags and of course great monogrammed towels. They have a great selection of monogram styles. Great gift ideas too and in all price ranges. Hard to pick a favorite..they are all so pretty!?Click here to visit their site.

A FABULOUS GETAWAY. Yes, I do have vacations and getaways on my mind. But for now that’s as far as its going…in my mind! We can’t go away with?so much happening with the house, so for now I travel virtually! ?We were at the One and Only Ocean Club in the gorgeous Bahamas years ago and it was every bit the elegant, beautiful and serene place I wanted it to be. We had a marvelous time. I have a sudden yearning to go back. If you have kids in tow, The nearby Atlantis is the place to go, but if you are fortunate enough to get away as adults for a few days, then this place is heaven. Though there are kids, its a quieter hotel than the circus like but fun, atmosphere of Atlantis and kids might find it boring. Don’t take my word for it, think the pictures say it all!

GORGEOUS FRENCH CHAIRS. Whats the next best thing to a gorgeous French chair? Getting it for a GREAT deal and I do mean GREAT! I ordered a pair of the first chair for my master sitting room, from Safavieh Home and am in love with everything about this chair. Can you believe its $995!! Then I started looking at and drooling over a bunch of their other French chairs…and am am lusting after each one!!?Click here to see more of their amazing deals on not only chairs but so many other incredible things.
Love everything about this chair from the finish to the color!
Love this tufted chair for a dressing room or next to a tub in a bathroom!
Would love a pair for a family room/living room
LOVE this tub chair, would love for a library! (would love to see it in a velvet)
Love this one too! Would be so pretty in front of a window or in a master bedroom
How gorgeous is this with the ottoman? Love the wood finish, would love to have a few of these!
How great looking is this bench? I want two for a small side patio..its only $295!!
NOW GIVEAWAY DETAILS…….LAST DAY!
And speaking of Safavieh, this is THE LAST DAY to be eligible for this amazing gorgeous Kilim bench! The contest ends tonight and a winner will be selected via random. org and be announced on tomorrows post. Heres what you need to do…..

This fabulous Kilim bench from?Safavieh Home and me?

can be yours….



?Love this and could see this in so many places in so many styles of homes….retails for $695.00.?To be eligible, you must do the following:



1.Visit?www.safaviehhome.com?and take a look at their incredible things then visit Safavieh on their facebook page, and leave a comment telling them your favorite item (mention you are from Enchanted home) Click?here?to go to their Facebook page. That’s it!?Your name will automatically be in the drawing once it appears on their facebook page. (1 entry)

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2. Leave a comment here ?(1 entry)



This contest will run though next Thursday night, June 16th and we will announce a winner on?Friday morning, June 17th! Good luck and wishing you an enchanted day!

So those are all the goodies I am loving this week! Anything excite you this week that you care to share? Love to know! Hope you have an enchanted Thursday!

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Things I am loving Thursdays and house updates!!


-LAST DAY TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR GORGEOUS KILIM BENCH GIVEAWAY!! DETAILS AT THE BOTTOM!-

Wow I cannot believe its already another Thursday , the days are going by fast and furious!! Can I just say I found myself ACTUALLY BLUSHING reading all the amazingly sweet and kind comments from yesterdays post. I am so grateful, your thoughts, sentiments and flattery made my day and lets just say it was not a great day so it was truly the sweet, delicious icing on a very flat cake! THANK YOU!!
 I hope all is well and hope you are all participating in the wonderful giveaway I am offering from Safavieh…such a gorgeous bench! All details on the bottom of this post. I start as I always do on house progress. Well, this stage is both exciting and frustrating, they are working every day (except Sunday) but the finishing feels painstakingly slow sometimes. I hate to sound like a chronic complainer but there are days that I go there and though I see progress I instead focus on all that has yet to be done and it overwhelms me. This week is one such week but we forge ahead and hope and pray we really will get to move into at least a part of the house in August. I welcome any and all prayers form you too…lol. You can never have too many of those.
 So here we go….



HOUSE UPDATES. Ok, trimwork is nearly done upstairs in all the bedrooms but the master which will be the last room to be finished as we have more detail in there. I think the trim guys did a great job and I love the sizes of the trim we used, its very substantial but not an overkill. Family room woodworking is humming right along and we are basically done with the breakfast room, just waiting on one more small molding. Kitchen..oh boy sore subject this week. We originally had coffered ceilings done, but over the course of time as my kitchen started to shape up and a clear vision was in sight, I realized no no no, the coffered ceiing is all wrong. So, much to my husbands dismay and wallet, we had it ripped out and the antiqued beams that I was lusting after are in the works. I know we will have no regrets and in the scheme of things its the only mistake so far that we have made that we had to “undo”, I know he will thank me later and I will watch him beam when people compliment US on our kitchen and the stunning antique beams (didn’t even realize I was saying he will be beaming over the beams) Overall this has been a long drawn out somewhat anticlimatic week though the progress is going forward at a good pace……more exciting stages to come!

Family room trucking along…
The ripped out kitchen ceiling now with just sheetrock, but you just wait till those bad boy beams get up there!
Family room
Breakfast room bay windows..love how they finished the ceiling
Breakfast room just about complete

Upstairs trim
Our adorable little shed from original house is coming down tormorrow:( to make way for new driveway
Favorite part of the day….


Part of the hallway done and awaiting paint!

Finished casings and baseboards/crown molding
Sons bath complete!

Close up…love this marble!
Finished very dusty  beams and the new beams for kitchen
Even the white oak in its natural state is so pretty!
Welcome to our woodmaking shop aka the family room
Paneling coming along
Another view



THE NEW BRILLIANT STORE BY RESTORATION HARDWARE, BABY AND CHILD. I definitely can give credit when due and though I was getting a little bored of Gary Friedman’s “industrial chic” play on furniture and home decor, he has struck yet another pot of gold. No doubt RH has some amazing things, are decently priced and you get a lot of look for the money but its been played out so much that I think it got a little mundane. His newest genius idea is the uber sophisticated gorgeous did I say gorgeous store for “the younger set” and boy if I had a a little one, I might have to splurge on a plane ticket and go to Marin county (Corte Madera) just to visit this amazing store!!! Take a look at the knock your socks up space and its offerings!

A COOKING SCHOOL I CAN REALLY ATTEND! I always talk and fantasize about going to cooking schools that happen to be abroad, hum…maybe its not a total mistake that they happen to  coincidentally be near some of my favorite cities, Paris, Tuscany, Provence! But seeing that its unlikely I will get to them in the near future, happy to have discovered one that is close enough to where I could actually attend. And its run by someone I like whose books I already own….Lidia Bastianich! Yep, she has started a cooking school at the eponymous Italian megamart, Eataly that is all the rage in Manhattan! The reviews thus far are very favorable, how could they not be? I have been to 2 of her restaurants many times and was thrilled with my food every time…so may I present La Scuola di Eataly! Click here to get more information.

Would love to get taught by Lydia!
Do I hear a yum!
Her capable hands will make a pro out of you yet…
Come to mama!
Sorry I should have warned you not to look at this on an hungry stomach..yummy!

If you get lucky you might get a visit from Mario himself!
BLUE AND BROWN. Anyone else like this combination? I have always loved it and been drawn to any space, wallpaper or fabric that uses this oh so pretty palette. Throw in some pretty blue and white china or pottery and you have a sensational looking room. The last wallpaper is Zoffany’s
Gustavius,  which I love and have the sample of is something I hope to use somewhere!! So a few “inspirations” that I thought were especially pretty. I think this could be a beautiful colorway for a boys room too. Thoughts?
MONOGRAMMED GOODIES. You know how I love my monograms, can never have enough. The Elegant setting whose beautiful things have graced a few of my posts was kind enough to send me some pictures of other things they have been doing….and I thought they were all worth sharing! So many beautifully monogrammed goodies! Love the throws, all the assorted bags and of course great monogrammed towels. They have a great selection of monogram styles. Great gift ideas too and in all price ranges. Hard to pick a favorite..they are all so pretty! Click here to visit their site.

A FABULOUS GETAWAY. Yes, I do have vacations and getaways on my mind. But for now that’s as far as its going…in my mind! We can’t go away with so much happening with the house, so for now I travel virtually!  We were at the One and Only Ocean Club in the gorgeous Bahamas years ago and it was every bit the elegant, beautiful and serene place I wanted it to be. We had a marvelous time. I have a sudden yearning to go back. If you have kids in tow, The nearby Atlantis is the place to go, but if you are fortunate enough to get away as adults for a few days, then this place is heaven. Though there are kids, its a quieter hotel than the circus like but fun, atmosphere of Atlantis and kids might find it boring. Don’t take my word for it, think the pictures say it all!

GORGEOUS FRENCH CHAIRS. Whats the next best thing to a gorgeous French chair? Getting it for a GREAT deal and I do mean GREAT! I ordered a pair of the first chair for my master sitting room, from Safavieh Home and am in love with everything about this chair. Can you believe its $995!! Then I started looking at and drooling over a bunch of their other French chairs…and am am lusting after each one!! Click here to see more of their amazing deals on not only chairs but so many other incredible things.
Love everything about this chair from the finish to the color!
Love this tufted chair for a dressing room or next to a tub in a bathroom!
Would love a pair for a family room/living room
LOVE this tub chair, would love for a library! (would love to see it in a velvet)
Love this one too! Would be so pretty in front of a window or in a master bedroom
How gorgeous is this with the ottoman? Love the wood finish, would love to have a few of these!
How great looking is this bench? I want two for a small side patio..its only $295!!
NOW GIVEAWAY DETAILS…….LAST DAY!
And speaking of Safavieh, this is THE LAST DAY to be eligible for this amazing gorgeous Kilim bench! The contest ends tonight and a winner will be selected via random. org and be announced on tomorrows post. Heres what you need to do…..

This fabulous Kilim bench from Safavieh Home and me 
can be yours….

 Love this and could see this in so many places in so many styles of homes….retails for $695.00. To be eligible, you must do the following:

1.Visit www.safaviehhome.com and take a look at their incredible things then visit Safavieh on their facebook page, and leave a comment telling them your favorite item (mention you are from Enchanted home) Click here to go to their Facebook page. That’s it! Your name will automatically be in the drawing once it appears on their facebook page. (1 entry)
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2. Leave a comment here  (1 entry)

This contest will run though next Thursday night, June 16th and we will announce a winner on Friday morning, June 17th! Good luck and wishing you an enchanted day!

So those are all the goodies I am loving this week! Anything excite you this week that you care to share? Love to know! Hope you have an enchanted Thursday!

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