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!

Decorating with plates and another wonderful giveaway!!

Hi there. First things first….happy to announce the lucky winner of the Safavieh shoe ottoman! Here’s the lucky person….

Result: 19

Susan Snavely Kohr Came over to this site from Tina at The Enchanted Home… Beautiful giveaway!
Congrats Susan!  Contact me here with your shipping details.

The giveaways are not over, another amazing one from Nancy’s daily dish  (aka queen of transferware) at the end of this post so stay tuned!  I loved putting this post together…….I have always loved the look of a plate or porcelain platter collection on a wall. It is at once, charming, beautiful and warm. It exudes elegance while really lending a certain warmth and charm to a space. Do you agree?  Ironically, this look is applicable towards virtually any style room, not just traditional as you will see. Though I have always admired the look, I have admittedly not actually used a plate collection on my own walls, it does not mean I won’t. In fact I am really hoping to sooner than later.

For such a large home, we have few blank walls….but I am determined to find a little nook to try my hand at this and in the meantime, have so enjoyed my “research”  which serves as further confirmation why I love the look so much. And if that’s not enough, super talented Nancy of Nancy’s daily dish fame…has so generously offered a giveaway AND a discount code to anything on her site!! Does it get better? All details to follow on the bottom…..

Peggy Stone nailed this fabulous setting with all that gorgeous blue and white!! Love it……

Just adore the colors in this room, its inviting and rich and elegant……and got a great idea of adding plates to  a small interior wall (yes even atop wood)!

 Wow….the impact of the gorgeous blue and white and dried hydrangea is spellbinding!

 This gorgeous collection of plates looks right at home in this elegant hutch

I like the rustic country feel of the plates and antlers in this charming home……….
Love how Nancy used plates alongside art and brackets….so beautiful! Nancy’s daily dish

Blue and white…..always works!

 Nancy’s stunning wall, love how the blue and white pops!! Such a wow factor here…..

Cathy Kincaid completed this incredible room (one of my all time faves) with a collection of plates and porcelains to adorn the wall….who needs wallpaper when you have this!

 Wow! Talk about adding a serious dose of drama ( wouldn’t want to be there during an earthquake) Alberto Pinto

 Andrea O’Meara knocked it out of the park with this simple but elegant vignette using plates

Love the idea of a monochromatic look as shown here, Shelterness
 Gorgeous brown transferware looks fabulous here, Jennifer Jordan
Beautiful plates adorn this gorgeous pantry’s walls, Traditional Homes

 The warmth of the rich woods is the perfect backdrop to this exquisite collection,  Nancy’s daily dish

 They add a lot of cheeriness to this pretty eating nook, Country Living

 Think this is such a great idea! Using a collection in a space that you see all the time, above a hall console table…..stunning!

 Two really unique ideas here….framed plates and plates on brackets, love it! Anita Meek

 Love the idea of using the same pattern but different sizes and grouping them around a mirror!

Think this setting done entirely in black and white is spectacular, Camille Styles

 I also think the idea of adding assorted plate sizes and shapes all in the same color is particularly great for a more transitional space, House Beautiful

Love the gorgeous collection of blue and white plates in this wonderful nook of shelves, Trad Home

 Looove this room……so stunning! French Country Home
 Even sometimes a strategically placed platter or platter is all that is needed!

 This space is so beautiful….its monochromatic and the plates just warm up the space so well!

Positive proof that this look works for any top of space beautifully including this eclectic one, Daydecor

 Isnt’ this pop of color and texture fabulous! Love it! Camelot Art
 Gorgeous!!!!! Love the colors, wish I could remember where I got this……anyone?

Stunner of a room with this giant hutch filled with creamy colored plates! Southern Accents

Does this have you wanting to try your hand at decorating with plates? My mind is working a mile a minute as we speak! Love the way it warms up a wall and a room….have you used plates to decorate a space? Tell me all about it!

Now for the giveaway.…..lovely Nancy has offered a winner a $50.00 gift certificate towards anything in her online shop which is brimming with all kinds of gorgeous plates and dishes. Take a look at some of the beautiful tables capes Nancy has created and a few current pieces on her online store……….

And some of the stunning pieces currently for sale…….

  If you are not familiar with Nancy you are missing out big time.  Click here to visit her positively gorgeous blog that is  always brimming with inspiration. Her personal collection and collection for sale is just beyond breathtaking! ! She is definitely the queen of transferware in my book!

To enter, just visit her online store, click here  come back here and tell us your favorite item.


To boot Nancy has been so kind and generous to offer all my readers a special discount off of anything in her online shop! It is for a limited time and all you need to do is use the code “Enchanted Home” when checking out to get your extra 15%. Fantastic!

Want a second chance? Then visit her on Facebook and like her or leave a comment. Click here to go to her Facebook page.  I will announce a winner on Friday morning!! Thank you Nancy and to Safavieh for their generous giveaways  and to everyone else for stopping in.  Wishing you a wonderful day.

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Decorating with plates and another wonderful giveaway!!

Hi there. First things first….happy to announce the lucky winner of the Safavieh shoe ottoman! Here’s the lucky person….

Result: 19

Susan Snavely Kohr Came over to this site from Tina at The Enchanted Home… Beautiful giveaway!
Congrats Susan!? Contact me here with your shipping details.

The giveaways are not over, another amazing one from Nancy’s daily dish? (aka queen of transferware) at the end of this post so stay tuned!? I loved putting this post together…….I have always loved the look of a plate or porcelain platter collection on a wall. It is at once, charming, beautiful and warm. It exudes elegance while really lending a certain warmth and charm to a space. Do you agree?? Ironically, this look is applicable towards virtually any style room, not just traditional as you will see. Though I have always admired the look, I have admittedly not actually used a plate collection on my own walls, it does not mean I won’t. In fact I am really hoping to sooner than later.

For such a large home, we have few blank walls….but I am determined to find a little nook to try my hand at this and in the meantime, have so enjoyed my “research”? which serves as further confirmation why I love the look so much. And if that’s not enough, super talented Nancy of Nancy’s daily dish fame…has so generously offered a giveaway AND a discount code to anything on her site!! Does it get better? All details to follow on the bottom…..

Peggy Stone nailed this fabulous setting with all that gorgeous blue and white!! Love it……

Just adore the colors in this room, its inviting and rich and elegant……and got a great idea of adding plates to? a small interior wall (yes even atop wood)!

?Wow….the impact of the gorgeous blue and white and dried hydrangea is spellbinding!

?This gorgeous collection of plates looks right at home in this elegant hutch

I like the rustic country feel of the plates and antlers in this charming home……….
Love how Nancy used plates alongside art and brackets….so beautiful! Nancy’s daily dish

Blue and white…..always works!

?Nancy’s stunning wall, love how the blue and white pops!! Such a wow factor here…..

Cathy Kincaid completed this incredible room (one of my all time faves) with a collection of plates and porcelains to adorn the wall….who needs wallpaper when you have this!

?Wow! Talk about adding a serious dose of drama ( wouldn’t want to be there during an earthquake) Alberto Pinto

?Andrea O’Meara knocked it out of the park with this simple but elegant vignette using plates

Love the idea of a monochromatic look as shown here, Shelterness
?Gorgeous brown transferware looks fabulous here, Jennifer Jordan
Beautiful plates adorn this gorgeous pantry’s walls, Traditional Homes

?The warmth of the rich woods is the perfect backdrop to this exquisite collection,? Nancy’s daily dish

?They add a lot of cheeriness to this pretty eating nook, Country Living

?Think this is such a great idea! Using a collection in a space that you see all the time, above a hall console table…..stunning!

?Two really unique ideas here….framed plates and plates on brackets, love it! Anita Meek

?Love the idea of using the same pattern but different sizes and grouping them around a mirror!

Think this setting done entirely in black and white is spectacular, Camille Styles

?I also think the idea of adding assorted plate sizes and shapes all in the same color is particularly great for a more transitional space, House Beautiful

Love the gorgeous collection of blue and white plates in this wonderful nook of shelves, Trad Home

?Looove this room……so stunning! French Country Home
?Even sometimes a strategically placed platter or platter is all that is needed!

?This space is so beautiful….its monochromatic and the plates just warm up the space so well!

Positive proof that this look works for any top of space beautifully including this eclectic one, Daydecor

?Isnt’ this pop of color and texture fabulous! Love it! Camelot Art
?Gorgeous!!!!! Love the colors, wish I could remember where I got this……anyone?

Stunner of a room with this giant hutch filled with creamy colored plates! Southern Accents

Does this have you wanting to try your hand at decorating with plates? My mind is working a mile a minute as we speak! Love the way it warms up a wall and a room….have you used plates to decorate a space? Tell me all about it!

Now for the giveaway.…..lovely Nancy has offered a winner a $50.00 gift certificate towards anything in her online shop which is brimming with all kinds of gorgeous plates and dishes. Take a look at some of the beautiful tables capes Nancy has created and a few current pieces on her online store……….

And some of the stunning pieces currently for sale…….

? If you are not familiar with Nancy you are missing out big time.? Click here to visit her positively gorgeous blog that is? always brimming with inspiration. Her personal collection and collection for sale is just beyond breathtaking! ! She is definitely the queen of transferware in my book!

To enter, just visit her online store, click here? come back here and tell us your favorite item.


To boot Nancy has been so kind and generous to offer all my readers a special discount off of anything in her online shop! It is for a limited time and all you need to do is use the code “Enchanted Home” when checking out to get your extra 15%. Fantastic!

Want a second chance? Then visit her on Facebook and like her or leave a comment. Click here to go to her Facebook page.? I will announce a winner on Friday morning!! Thank you Nancy and to Safavieh for their generous giveaways? and to everyone else for stopping in.? Wishing you a wonderful day.

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Bloggers beautiful abodes…..Elizabeth of Pretty Pink Tulips!

Good Monday morning to you! Hope you had a wonderful weekend. Ours was very relaxing, a lot of downtime which was  a nice treat.  And finally for the first time, I can say I actually tasted a tiny bit of spring this weekend….at last I think its arrived and I am hearing we might hit 70 degrees tomorrow!! So excited to be here today, featuring a dear blogging friend who is super stylish and someone I know many of us follow and adore. Please welcome the lovely………
 
Elizabeth of Pretty Pink Tulips
 
 
Pretty Pink Tulips is like one stop shopping for all things beautiful. Whether she is introducing us to a new artist, a fabulous new line of stationary, updating us on something gorgeous she is doing to her home, offering up a beautiful party favor idea,  or giving us an inside peek into a wonderful event she has attended……it is guaranteed that whatever Elizabeth is talking about, it’s worth the listen! I love her wonderful, effortless, elegant style and so was so happy she is joining us here today.  I really enjoyed seeing all these gorgeous pictures of her home (some new things that most have  not yet seen) and hearing her words of wisdom, so get your pen and paper ready and let Elizabeth take the stage……
 
 
 

1. How long have you been in your present home?  Is this it for the long haul? Anything you would care to change if you could?

 We have lived in this house for 6 years. Even though I love our home, I only see us staying here until our 2 boys are finished with high school. After that, I think I would enjoy downsizing and living somewhere in the South. I kind of feel like I am “caretaking” this house for the next family. Our neighborhood is ideal for young children, so once mine are gone, I think it will be time to leave. Of course, most of my plans have a way of changing….so you never know!
There is a lot I like about this house, but I think the lot is a little odd. It’s a rectangle and the house is situated with yard on the sides and not much in the back. I would love a larger back yard and a larger kitchen. I have “island” envy, since I don’t have one.
 
Luckily, we recently finished a renovation which enabled me to fix many of the things I did want to change. Such as, no covered entry into the house, a teeny tiny laundry room, no mudroom, a lack of a play space for my boys and their friends, peeling siding and a leaky roof!
Our new mudroom

2. If you could only live in two rooms of your house, which two would they be?

First, I think I would choose my bedroom because it feels cozy and I can see the tree tops. I find it very calming.  Second, the kitchen/family room as it is open space where I can cook, work at my desk, the kids can do their homework, we can watch t.v. It is literally in the center of the house and where I begin and end every day.
Master bedroom
Kitchen/Family room
The kitchen, family room is currently undergoing a transition to beach colors…sky, sand and ocean. Here’s a peek at the fabrics I’m using.

3. How would you describe your decorating style?

 I think my style has loosened up since I’ve lived in this house. (Perhaps because I’m raising young boys?!) I used to like things more formal. Now, I’m more interested in comfort and usability. Although, I still like things to look elegant and chic. So….”soothing and sophisticated”, might be a good description.  My color preferences are also shifting. Less beige and leanings toward gray and greige.

Landing and powder bath outside the new upstairs playroom

4. Do you have a favorite color scheme? What is it?

I find that I consistently like neutral colors for major pieces and then I can add color and texture with my accessories. For example, in the living room the accents are hot pink and chocolate brown. 
Living Room
 I recently wallpapered our center hall with a neutral but busy print.  I have a tapestry that we bought for the living room of our old home…but it just seemed to be the perfect large scale work of art for our narrow hallway. And, it pulls the colors from each of the rooms that feed into it.
My antelope stair runner is one of my favorite things in the house.

5. Favorite room of your house and why?

My favorite room is the one we call “the brown room” (because it’s painted a dark brown). It’s a great room for cocktails and conversation or just curling up with a magazine or watching t.v.

6. Best two tips you can give to anyone looking to tackle the decorating of their own home? Best two things to NOT do?

I think one of the most important things to consider is the “flow” of a home. Not only the physical flow, but the connection rooms have to one another. Tying the rooms together with paint colors or wallpapers that relate to one another is a great way to create a cohesive feeling. 

I also think “layering” is a way to add interest and personality to your home. Stack the books, top them with a candle or object with some texture or reflection. Make sure things are not at the same level….vary things. Some high, some low…and then leaving breathing room.

What you shouldn’t do is try or expect that you can decorate a house in a day, a week, a month or even a year. Sure, you can get the basics down, but it takes time to create a home….so enjoy the journey and let it continually evolve.




7. What do you think are the most important features for a kitchen?

I’ve had every size kitchen…large, small and in-between. You can cook a great meal in any size, but there are things that are “nice” to have. In my opinion, a farmhouse sink not only looks great, but just makes doing the dishes so much easier. I also have come to love a really great gas stove. Basically, you need a space with some light and enough counter space to spread out a little.

8. How do you like to dress up a cocktail table and console in a living room?

I think these are great opportunities to use a tray and corral things. Start with a stack of favorite coffee table books – the subjects will give your guests a peek at your interests. Then, layer in candles, objects and either something metal or glass. 
Coffee table in my living room – more formal
A bench in my family room…more rustic and informal
Coffee table in the family room


   
 9. Any advice on the subject of lighting?

I love lighting…but I think it pays to mix it up. Recessed lighting is fine if it’s on dimmers. Chandeliers can give heft to a space. Lamps allow you to bring in color and eye level lighting. And, then candles….lots and lots of candles. Everyone looks better in candlelight!

Dining room chandelier…set early in the day for a dinner party
Dining room chandelier..and candlelight (taken just before we sat down).
Some of my favorite new light fixtures are in my boys’ playroom. It still needs some work…so this is definitely “in process”. 


10. Have a favorite paint color? Do tell!

My new favorite paint color is Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray (HC-173). We recently used this color in my kitchen/family room/mudroom/laundry room to create a cohesive feeling. It is a beige with a tinge of gray…so one of those “greiges”. It is calming, warm and yet gives a little depth.

11. What are a couple of really simple inexpensive things you can do in your home to make it feel “homey” and inviting?

I think some of the things that can make your home feel “homey” and inviting are things you’ve seen above. First….the welcome mat begins at the front door. Make sure your entry is inviting. Pots of flowers, freshly painted front door, update your actual welcome mat. Next, get rid of the clutter and make sure things are straightened up. Sounds simple, but just having things in their place is calming. Finally, fresh flowers and aromatic candles enlist the senses. What I’ve learned is that all the things that make your home enjoyable to others are the very things that make it enjoyable for YOU. So, whether you’re expecting guests are not….have your house “guest ready” and you will enjoy the benefits.


12. Fill in the blank- If money was no object, the very first thing I would buy for my home would be………..

OK…since this is a fantasy, I’m going to go for the very impractical dream idea of a swimming pool. I love the calming affect of water and would love nothing more than to sit by the pool relaxing and have a place for my boys to play. I love being outside when the weather is nice and perhaps winter has gotten the best of me. Umbrella  drinks, anyone?!

Tina, this has been so much fun. I hope you and your readers have enjoyed the tour of my home!! 

 
 
 

 
 
Told you she was fabulous! I loved learning what goes on in her head behind the process, and thought her advice and pointers were excellent and worth noting/ So agree Elizabeth, about the power of dimmers, gas stoves, candelight,  farmhouse sinks and how much of an impact a welcome mat, flowers and a pretty painted door can have! Love your brown room…so cozy and looove that antelope stair runner! Every one of those wonderful details in her home is so beautifully and thoughtfully done.
 
I love to brag a little about my various blogging friends that I feature and one area where Elizabeth shines, amongst many others is flowers and entertaining! And you know I too love my flowers…..take a look at some of the wonderful creations she has done over the years in her picture perfect yard, rest assured something beautiful is always blooming over there!
 

 
And she always has the best and most chic ideas for party favors,gifts and fun party ideas…..
 

 

 
So be sure to stop over at Pretty Pink Tulips to get your “pretty fix” by signing up, if you aren’t a follower already! Click here to visit.  Thank you so much Elizabeth for sharing your beautiful home with us and to everyone else for stopping in….wishing everyone a fabulous day!
 
 
 
Don’t forget only one more day to be eligible for the fabulous Safavieh shoe ottoman! If you missed it click here for details (you must comment on that post to be in the drawing) I will announce a winner tomorrow morning!! 
 





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Bloggers beautiful abodes…..Elizabeth of Pretty Pink Tulips!

Good Monday morning to you! Hope you had a wonderful weekend. Ours was very relaxing, a lot of downtime which was? a nice treat.? And finally for the first time, I can say I actually tasted a tiny bit of spring this weekend….at last I think its arrived and I am hearing we might hit 70 degrees tomorrow!! So excited to be here today, featuring a dear blogging friend who is super stylish and someone I know many of us follow and adore. Please welcome the lovely………

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Elizabeth of Pretty Pink Tulips

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Pretty Pink Tulips is like one stop shopping for all things beautiful. Whether she is introducing us to a new artist, a fabulous new line of stationary, updating us on something gorgeous she is doing to her home, offering up a beautiful party favor idea,? or giving us an inside peek into a wonderful event she has attended……it is guaranteed that whatever Elizabeth is talking about, it’s worth the listen! I love her wonderful, effortless, elegant style and so was so happy she is joining us here today.? I really enjoyed seeing all these gorgeous pictures of her home (some new things that most have? not yet seen) and hearing her words of wisdom, so get your pen and paper ready and let Elizabeth take the stage……

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1. How long have you been in your present home?? Is this it for the long haul? Anything you would care to change if you could?

?We have lived in this house for 6 years. Even though I love our home, I only see us staying here until our 2 boys are finished with high school. After that, I think I would enjoy downsizing and living somewhere in the South. I kind of feel like I am “caretaking” this house for the next family. Our neighborhood is ideal for young children, so once mine are gone, I think it will be time to leave. Of course, most of my plans have a way of changing….so you never know!
There is a lot I like about this house, but I think the lot is a little odd. It’s a rectangle and the house is situated with yard on the sides and not much in the back. I would love a larger back yard and a larger kitchen. I have “island” envy, since I don’t have one.
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Luckily, we recently finished a renovation which enabled me to fix many of the things I did want to change. Such as, no covered entry into the house, a teeny tiny laundry room, no mudroom, a lack of a play space for my boys and their friends, peeling siding and a leaky roof!

Our new mudroom

2.?If you could only live in two rooms of your house, which two would?they be?

First, I think I would choose my bedroom because it feels cozy and I can see the tree tops. I find it very calming. ?Second, the kitchen/family room as it is open space where I can cook, work at my desk, the kids can do their homework, we can watch t.v. It is literally in the center of the house and where I begin and end every day.
Master bedroom
Kitchen/Family room
The kitchen, family room is currently undergoing a transition to beach colors…sky, sand and ocean. Here’s a peek at the fabrics I’m using.

3. How would you describe your decorating style?

?I think my style has loosened up since I’ve lived in this house. (Perhaps because I’m raising young boys?!) I used to like things more formal. Now, I’m more interested in comfort and usability. Although, I still like things to look elegant and chic. So….”soothing and sophisticated”, might be a good description. ?My color preferences are also shifting. Less beige and leanings toward gray and greige.

Landing and powder bath outside the new upstairs playroom


4. Do you have a favorite color scheme? What is it?

I find that I consistently like neutral colors for major pieces and then I can add color and texture with my accessories. For example, in the living room the accents are hot pink and chocolate brown.?
Living Room
?I recently wallpapered our center hall with a neutral but busy print. ?I have a tapestry that we bought for the living room of our old home…but it just seemed to be the perfect large scale work of art for our narrow hallway. And, it pulls the colors from each of the rooms that feed into it.
My antelope stair runner is one of my favorite things in the house.


5. Favorite room of your house and why?

My favorite?room is the one we call “the brown room” (because it’s painted a dark brown). It’s a great room for cocktails and conversation or just curling up with a magazine or watching t.v.


6. Best two tips you can give to anyone looking to tackle the decorating of their own home? Best two things to NOT do?

I think one of the most important things to consider is the “flow” of a home. Not only the physical flow, but the connection rooms have to one another. Tying the rooms together with paint colors or wallpapers that relate to one another is a great way to create a cohesive feeling.?

I also think “layering” is a way to add interest and personality to your home. Stack the books, top them with a candle or object with some texture or reflection. Make sure things are not at the same level….vary things. Some high, some low…and then leaving breathing room.

What you shouldn’t do is try or expect that you can decorate a house in a day, a week, a month or even a year. Sure, you can get the basics down, but it takes time to create a home….so enjoy the journey and let it continually evolve.




7. What do you think are the most important features for a kitchen?

I’ve had every size kitchen…large, small and in-between. You can cook a great meal in any size, but there are things that are “nice” to have. In my opinion, a farmhouse sink not only looks great, but just makes doing the dishes so much easier. I also have come to love a really great gas stove. Basically, you need a space with some light and enough counter space to spread out a little.

8. How do you like to dress up a cocktail table and console in a living room?

I think these are great opportunities to use a tray and corral things. Start with a stack of favorite coffee table books – the subjects will give your guests a peek at your interests. Then, layer in candles, objects and either something metal or glass.?
Coffee table in my living room – more formal
A bench in my family room…more rustic and informal
Coffee table in the family room


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?9. Any advice on the subject of lighting?

I love lighting…but I think it pays to mix it up. Recessed lighting is fine if it’s on dimmers. Chandeliers can give heft to a space. Lamps allow you to bring in color and eye level lighting. And, then candles….lots and lots of candles. Everyone looks better in candlelight!

Dining room chandelier…set early in the day for a dinner party
Dining room chandelier..and candlelight (taken just before we sat down).
Some of my favorite new light fixtures are in my boys’ playroom. It still needs some work…so this is definitely “in process”.?


10. Have a favorite paint color? Do tell!

My new favorite paint color is Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray (HC-173). We recently used this color in my kitchen/family room/mudroom/laundry room to create a cohesive feeling. It is a beige with a tinge of gray…so one of those “greiges”. It is calming, warm and yet gives a little depth.


11. What are a couple of really simple inexpensive things you can do in your home to make it?feel “homey” and inviting?

I think some of the things that can make your home feel “homey” and inviting are things you’ve seen above. First….the welcome mat begins at the front door. Make sure your entry is inviting. Pots of flowers, freshly painted front door, update your actual welcome mat. Next, get rid of the clutter and make sure things are straightened up. Sounds simple, but just having things in their place is calming. Finally, fresh flowers and aromatic candles enlist the senses. What I’ve learned is that all the things that make your home enjoyable to others are the very things that make it enjoyable for YOU. So, whether you’re expecting guests are not….have your house “guest ready” and you will enjoy the benefits.


12.?Fill in the blank- If money was no object, the very first thing?I would buy for my home would be………..


OK…since this is a fantasy, I’m going to go for the very impractical dream idea of a swimming pool. I love the calming affect of water and would love nothing more than to sit by the pool relaxing and have a place for my boys to play. I love being outside when the weather is nice and perhaps winter has gotten the best of me. Umbrella ?drinks, anyone?!

Tina, this has been so much fun. I hope you and your readers have enjoyed the tour of my home!!?

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Told you she was fabulous! I loved learning what goes on in her head behind the process, and thought her advice and pointers were excellent and worth noting/ So agree Elizabeth, about the power of dimmers, gas stoves, candelight,? farmhouse sinks and how much of an impact a welcome mat, flowers and a pretty painted door can have! Love your brown room…so cozy and looove that antelope stair runner! Every one of those wonderful details in her home is so beautifully and thoughtfully done.

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I love to brag a little about my various blogging friends that I feature and one area where Elizabeth shines, amongst many others is flowers and entertaining! And you know I too love my flowers…..take a look at some of the wonderful creations she has done over the years in her picture perfect yard, rest assured something beautiful is always blooming over there!

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And she always has the best and most chic ideas for party favors,gifts and fun party ideas…..

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So be sure to stop over at Pretty Pink Tulips to get your “pretty fix” by signing up, if you aren’t a follower already! Click here to visit.? Thank you so much Elizabeth for sharing your beautiful home with us and to everyone else for stopping in….wishing everyone a fabulous day!

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Don’t forget only one more day to be eligible for the fabulous Safavieh shoe ottoman! If you missed it click here for details (you must comment on that post to be in the drawing) I will announce a winner tomorrow morning!!?

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Guest posting over at Haus Design-“My last supper”

Hi and happy Monday  and Martin Luther King day to you. Hope you had a great weekend. Ours was quite relaxing, dinners with friends, had some friends over for drinks, a little retail therapy, a few movies. My kind of weekend! And to boot, my wish is finally coming true…we are getting snow, woo hoo! We are also getting frigid temps, that could be record setting (not part of my deal but nothing I can do) however I am sooo excited about getting snow, a bit tonight and possibly a lot on Friday……
 
 I am delighted to be over at one of my blogging buddies blogs today, Haus Design. I know many of you know stylsih sweet Barbara and her beautiful blog that always has something beautiful to share, espeically her “al fresco” pictures, they are bar none and I have gotten oodles of inspiration from her blog!  I was so excited about her idea to have different bloggers post about what they would do for their ” Last supper”. It made for a really interesting post and I so enjoyed putting it together. So….please do stop over and visit us!  I promise its really fun and entertaining. Hope to see you over there! Click here to visit. A few hints of my post……….
 

 
 
And reminder….one more day to enter the shoe ottoman giveaway from Safavieh. 

 
Click here to go to Sundays post to leave a comment and be eligible. I will announce a lucky winner tomorrow. Have a wonderful Monday and a fabulous start to your week!
 
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Guest posting over at Haus Design-"My last supper"

Hi and happy Monday? and Martin Luther King day to you. Hope you had a great weekend. Ours was quite relaxing, dinners with friends, had some friends over for drinks, a little retail therapy, a few movies. My kind of weekend! And to boot, my wish is finally coming true…we are getting snow, woo hoo! We are also getting frigid temps, that could be record setting (not part of my deal but nothing I can do) however I am sooo excited about getting snow, a bit tonight and possibly a lot on Friday……

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?I am delighted to be over at one of my blogging buddies blogs today, Haus Design. I know many of you know stylsih sweet Barbara and her beautiful blog that always has something beautiful to share, espeically her “al fresco” pictures, they are bar none and I have gotten oodles of inspiration from her blog!? I was so excited about her idea to have different bloggers post about what they would do for their ” Last supper”. It made for a really interesting post and I so enjoyed putting it together. So….please do stop over and visit us!? I promise its really fun and entertaining. Hope to see you over there! Click here to visit. A few hints of my post……….

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And reminder….one more day to enter the shoe ottoman giveaway from Safavieh.?

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Click here to go to Sundays post to leave a comment and be eligible. I will announce a lucky winner tomorrow. Have a wonderful Monday and a fabulous start to your week!

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One word with Tina from The Enchanted Home and a Safavieh giveaway!!

Was cleaning out my files of old posts, and I came across this post that I somehow never posted! I had done this quite a while ago and thought I might as well post it as several had asked me to do one on myself way back when.? Giveaway details on bottom So here it goes….

OK I am going to spare you a sappy intro because well, that would be well just really strange since it is about moi! However many people asked me to do one on myself so I figured why not. What the heck…..it will give my brain a chance to focus on something else other than fabrics, wallpaper, and lighting fixtures. So here we go………say hello to Tina from The Enchanted Home!



One quality I love in people is:?Authenticity?(no phonies or social climbers please)

If my house could only be furnished in one color it would definitely have to be:?White


One luxury I cannot live without: clean water and my computer


If I had to have one designer decorate my entire house with 0 input from me it would have to be: This is so hard….there are so many talents out there!It would be a “cocktail”of a heaping teaspoon of? Kathy Kincaid, a pinch of Charles Faudree, a dab of Phoebe Howard, a smidgeon of Dan Carithers and a sprinkle of Bunny Williams. There!



If I had to choose coffee or tea it would be: Coffee! Though lately I am enjoying and drinking more tea, especially many wonderful flavored teas like peach mango and pomegranate…yum!



One place I have been that I would love to go back to: Italy (hoping to go to Positano, The Amalfi coast and Tuscany SOON)



One place I am longing to visit is: China and Greece, oops that’s two!


One talent I wish I had was: sing (even better than I do- if that is possible…totally kidding )


I think most people would agree I am very: friendly and funny?

If I could change one quality about myself it would be: to be less impatient and more tolerant.


One career I could see myself having would be: a screenwriter or producer

If food is therapy, when stressed I indulge in: chocolate, preferably with nuts and tons of caramel?


One of my favorite brands for clothing is: Tory Burch

If my life were a book, the title would be:?An Enchanted Life



My favorite flower is: Peonies ( tied with orchids, hydrangeas and French tulips)



I would love to have coffee and a chat session with this famous person: Princess Diana

A favorite TV show I can’t miss: If I am to be honest….Top Chef, Million dollar decorators, any of the “housewives” shows on Bravo (guilty pleasure)Hey, at least I am being honest:)They are fun and its kind of hard to believe they are “for real”! Bravo rocks! But on the flip side, I am also a serial news junkie.

Hollywood is:?Too superficial for my taste but do love a great movie so am indebted to what they do!

Tuscany or Provence? Tuscany. No Provence. No Tuscany. No Provence. Sorry either one is a dream!


The next presidential election will be:?The typical explosion of fireworks and finger pointing right up until election night.

The one best thing about blogging is: the incredible friendships and connections I have made and continue to make



A guilty pleasure for me is: indulging in good food and retail therapy

A clothing designer I think that has great style: Ralph Lauren or Tory Burch



My strongest quality would have to be:?That I am a loyal, devoted friend

The best restaurant I have ever been to was: A few come to mind but in recent years, dining at Le Meurice in Paris was pretty spectacular (and decadently delicious)!


Most overrated actor/actress is: Alive: Kim Kardashian (if you can even call her an actress)


If my life were a documentary, I could see this actress playing me: Possibly ?Charlize Theron



One thing I like about my appearance is: my eyes



One thing I can honestly say I love about myself is: That I am very generous and love to live in the moment


Town or country: country (but having a small city place for weekend jaunts would be quite nice)



One person I admire: I have to say three, my husband and my parents. Awesome in every way.

Pick a decade to live in, any decade: 20’s, flapper dresses, amazing headdresses,crazy parties,good manners, chivalry, champagne….need I say more! Always say I was born in the wrong era!



My favorite room of my house is: my kitchen, where it all goes down!

If I were an animal I would be a…dog, Teddy of course.

A book I would recommend to everyone would be…
Cutting for Stone or The Help?

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If I were planning a huge family reunion, this is where I would want to have it: On a beautiful beach in a oceanfront home in Hawaii or in a vineyard in the heart of Napa Valley!


One thing I wish everyone could be more of: compassionate and accepting. Oops…there I go again, I said two not one! Those two things could change our world.

In one word life is…thrilling!
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? Ism’t she great!! JUST KIDDING!! I love these kinds of things, a fun and interesting way to get to know what makes people tick.? Thank you for reading and stopping by to hear what I have to say.?

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Now onto this fabulous giveaway from Safavieh…… Check out this amazing shoe ottoman! How clever…. it is an ottoman that double as shoe storage. I love this thing! It has pockets for several pairs of shoes…and we know us girls can never have too much space for shoes!!?

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All you need to do to be eligible is to leave a comment here after visiting Safavieh’s website (click here)? and come back and tell me an item you just love (besides this wonderful little ottoman of course). Want a second chance to win? Leave a comment on Safavieh’s Facebook page telling them an itme you love and be sure you mention you are from The Enchanted Home (click here).?

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I will announce a winner on Tuesday morning,? Anonymous commenters,? you must leave a name and first name initial in your comment.

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? Thanks for taking the time to swing by and thank you Safavieh.? Wishing you all a fabulous weekend!!

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One word with Tina from The Enchanted Home and a Safavieh giveaway!!

Was cleaning out my files of old posts, and I came across this post that I somehow never posted! I had done this quite a while ago and thought I might as well post it as several had asked me to do one on myself way back when.  Giveaway details on bottom So here it goes….

OK I am going to spare you a sappy intro because well, that would be well just really strange since it is about moi! However many people asked me to do one on myself so I figured why not. What the heck…..it will give my brain a chance to focus on something else other than fabrics, wallpaper, and lighting fixtures. So here we go………say hello to Tina from The Enchanted Home!

One quality I love in people is: Authenticity (no phonies or social climbers please)

If my house could only be furnished in one color it would definitely have to be: White


One luxury I cannot live without: clean water and my computer


If I had to have one designer decorate my entire house with 0 input from me it would have to be: This is so hard….there are so many talents out there!It would be a “cocktail”of a heaping teaspoon of  Kathy Kincaid, a pinch of Charles Faudree, a dab of Phoebe Howard, a smidgeon of Dan Carithers and a sprinkle of Bunny Williams. There!



If I had to choose coffee or tea it would be: Coffee! Though lately I am enjoying and drinking more tea, especially many wonderful flavored teas like peach mango and pomegranate…yum!



One place I have been that I would love to go back to: Italy (hoping to go to Positano, The Amalfi coast and Tuscany SOON)



One place I am longing to visit is: China and Greece, oops that’s two!


One talent I wish I had was: sing (even better than I do- if that is possible…totally kidding )


I think most people would agree I am very: friendly and funny 

If I could change one quality about myself it would be: to be less impatient and more tolerant.


One career I could see myself having would be: a screenwriter or producer

If food is therapy, when stressed I indulge in: chocolate, preferably with nuts and tons of caramel 


One of my favorite brands for clothing is: Tory Burch

If my life were a book, the title would be: An Enchanted Life



My favorite flower is: Peonies ( tied with orchids, hydrangeas and French tulips)



I would love to have coffee and a chat session with this famous person: Princess Diana

A favorite TV show I can’t miss: If I am to be honest….Top Chef, Million dollar decorators, any of the “housewives” shows on Bravo (guilty pleasure)Hey, at least I am being honest:)They are fun and its kind of hard to believe they are “for real”! Bravo rocks! But on the flip side, I am also a serial news junkie.

Hollywood is: Too superficial for my taste but do love a great movie so am indebted to what they do!

Tuscany or Provence? Tuscany. No Provence. No Tuscany. No Provence. Sorry either one is a dream!


The next presidential election will be: The typical explosion of fireworks and finger pointing right up until election night.

The one best thing about blogging is: the incredible friendships and connections I have made and continue to make



A guilty pleasure for me is: indulging in good food and retail therapy

A clothing designer I think that has great style: Ralph Lauren or Tory Burch



My strongest quality would have to be: That I am a loyal, devoted friend

The best restaurant I have ever been to was: A few come to mind but in recent years, dining at Le Meurice in Paris was pretty spectacular (and decadently delicious)!


Most overrated actor/actress is: Alive: Kim Kardashian (if you can even call her an actress)


If my life were a documentary, I could see this actress playing me: Possibly  Charlize Theron



One thing I like about my appearance is: my eyes



One thing I can honestly say I love about myself is: That I am very generous and love to live in the moment


Town or country: country (but having a small city place for weekend jaunts would be quite nice)



One person I admire: I have to say three, my husband and my parents. Awesome in every way.

Pick a decade to live in, any decade: 20’s, flapper dresses, amazing headdresses,crazy parties,good manners, chivalry, champagne….need I say more! Always say I was born in the wrong era!



My favorite room of my house is: my kitchen, where it all goes down!

If I were an animal I would be a…dog, Teddy of course.

A book I would recommend to everyone would be…
Cutting for Stone or The Help 

                                     



If I were planning a huge family reunion, this is where I would want to have it: On a beautiful beach in a oceanfront home in Hawaii or in a vineyard in the heart of Napa Valley!


One thing I wish everyone could be more of: compassionate and accepting. Oops…there I go again, I said two not one! Those two things could change our world.

In one word life is…thrilling!
                                 

  Ism’t she great!! JUST KIDDING!! I love these kinds of things, a fun and interesting way to get to know what makes people tick.  Thank you for reading and stopping by to hear what I have to say. 
 
Now onto this fabulous giveaway from Safavieh…… Check out this amazing shoe ottoman! How clever…. it is an ottoman that double as shoe storage. I love this thing! It has pockets for several pairs of shoes…and we know us girls can never have too much space for shoes!! 
 
All you need to do to be eligible is to leave a comment here after visiting Safavieh’s website (click here)  and come back and tell me an item you just love (besides this wonderful little ottoman of course). Want a second chance to win? Leave a comment on Safavieh’s Facebook page telling them an itme you love and be sure you mention you are from The Enchanted Home (click here). 
 
I will announce a winner on Tuesday morning,  Anonymous commenters,  you must leave a name and first name initial in your comment.

 

 
  Thanks for taking the time to swing by and thank you Safavieh.  Wishing you all a fabulous weekend!!
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