Which would you choose and a winner!

Hi there, hard to believe its already Friday! I hope you have had a great week, mine has been incredibly busy with hardly a free minute but no complaints, it was a great combination of productivity with some fun thrown in for good measure! First off, lets announce the lucky winner of the darling Sailormade bracelet giveaway. Chosen using random.org, congratulations goes to……
?

Prize ID Winner ID Public Info Private Info Random Sorting ID Weight
1: bracelet 3307263 3 peanuts ? 01AD26B6-A863-43DF-B9EF-4DF4A56AD138 1

Please email me with your choice of one of the two bracelets shown yesterday and tell me which size, S, M or L.?



Today’s Which would you choose is all about the perfect patio. With summers end just around the corner, lets pretend you are going for one last hurrah….inviting a few friends over for drinks and cocktails, and are going to be given the most spectacular weather and glorious sunset you can imagine. Which patio setting just “does it for you”? I look forward as always, to seeing which takes the top prize….lots of beauties here each with their own unique style. Lets get going……









CHOICE 1


Giulani Bibbulei



CHOICE 2

Elle Decor
CHOICE 3
CHOICE 4
Architectural Digest
CHOICE 5
Pinterest
CHOICE 6
AD
CHOICE 7
CHOICE 8
Johnny Valiant
CHOICE 9
BHG
CHOICE 10
Victoria Pearson’s home
CHIOCE 11
Mary McDonald
CHOICE 12
Kelly Hoppen
CHOICE 13
Cottage Living
CHOICE 14
CHOICE 15
Elle Decor
CHOICE 16
Marble of the world
So….does this have you dreaming of a beautiful outdoor space in which to entertain? It sure has me thinking about how I would love to furnish all our outdoor spaces and is reminding me of how much work there is to be done and of course how you need buckets of money and a money tree to make it happen. ??But with outdoor spaces being bigger than ever, and in most places in our country, seeing you ?can use them at least 60% of the year…I say go for it! I love being in the outdoors and eating al fresco is my absolute favorite way to dine. So….you know its now your turn to choose your favorite! Enjoy your day and thanks fro stopping in!
PS So many of you asked that I feel obligated to ‘fess up” on ?my amazing florettes for my bathroom mirror. I was looking high and lo for a pretty delicate crystal (Venetian glass) or “lacey” looking silver rosette. Shockingly they were very hard to find, closest i found was something on the west coast that is custom made and he wanted to charge me 39.00 per rosette, which I would have even considered given my desperation but I didn’t want to wait 6 weeks! So….I started brainstorming and when I brainstorm, miracles can happen (on rare occasions) I marched into Michaels…yes, that Michaels as in arts and crafts home of the cheesy plastic flower arrangements and every color and pattern paper known to mankind.. Went over to the novelty/arts and crafts section, furiously scanned every row for a possibility and lo and behold there it was……3 of them get this 3.99!!!!!!!!!! I kid you not, I bought what they had came home and tacked them up. The rest as they say is history….waiting for a few more packages to come in the mail, grabbing my hot glue gun and I promise you will be impressed. Amazing what a little imagination, a little desperation to finish something and an open mind can do…..don’t you think?

The bottom left was not the right color, just trying a different shape but preferred the right one

A blurry close up……
So there now you know my secret! But too good to not share, plus its a great example of “high and low”. So…wishing you a fabulous day and a super weekend!! Thanks for stopping in.



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Which would you choose and a winner!

Hi there, hard to believe its already Friday! I hope you have had a great week, mine has been incredibly busy with hardly a free minute but no complaints, it was a great combination of productivity with some fun thrown in for good measure! First off, lets announce the lucky winner of the darling Sailormade bracelet giveaway. Chosen using random.org, congratulations goes to……
 

Prize ID Winner ID Public Info Private Info Random Sorting ID Weight
1: bracelet 3307263 3 peanuts   01AD26B6-A863-43DF-B9EF-4DF4A56AD138 1

Please email me with your choice of one of the two bracelets shown yesterday and tell me which size, S, M or L. 
Today’s Which would you choose is all about the perfect patio. With summers end just around the corner, lets pretend you are going for one last hurrah….inviting a few friends over for drinks and cocktails, and are going to be given the most spectacular weather and glorious sunset you can imagine. Which patio setting just “does it for you”? I look forward as always, to seeing which takes the top prize….lots of beauties here each with their own unique style. Lets get going……
CHOICE 1

Giulani Bibbulei
CHOICE 2

Elle Decor
CHOICE 3
CHOICE 4
Architectural Digest
CHOICE 5
Pinterest
CHOICE 6
AD
CHOICE 7
CHOICE 8
Johnny Valiant
CHOICE 9
BHG
CHOICE 10
Victoria Pearson’s home
CHIOCE 11
Mary McDonald
CHOICE 12
Kelly Hoppen
CHOICE 13
Cottage Living
CHOICE 14
CHOICE 15
Elle Decor
CHOICE 16
Marble of the world
So….does this have you dreaming of a beautiful outdoor space in which to entertain? It sure has me thinking about how I would love to furnish all our outdoor spaces and is reminding me of how much work there is to be done and of course how you need buckets of money and a money tree to make it happen.   But with outdoor spaces being bigger than ever, and in most places in our country, seeing you  can use them at least 60% of the year…I say go for it! I love being in the outdoors and eating al fresco is my absolute favorite way to dine. So….you know its now your turn to choose your favorite! Enjoy your day and thanks fro stopping in!
PS So many of you asked that I feel obligated to ‘fess up” on  my amazing florettes for my bathroom mirror. I was looking high and lo for a pretty delicate crystal (Venetian glass) or “lacey” looking silver rosette. Shockingly they were very hard to find, closest i found was something on the west coast that is custom made and he wanted to charge me 39.00 per rosette, which I would have even considered given my desperation but I didn’t want to wait 6 weeks! So….I started brainstorming and when I brainstorm, miracles can happen (on rare occasions) I marched into Michaels…yes, that Michaels as in arts and crafts home of the cheesy plastic flower arrangements and every color and pattern paper known to mankind.. Went over to the novelty/arts and crafts section, furiously scanned every row for a possibility and lo and behold there it was……3 of them get this 3.99!!!!!!!!!! I kid you not, I bought what they had came home and tacked them up. The rest as they say is history….waiting for a few more packages to come in the mail, grabbing my hot glue gun and I promise you will be impressed. Amazing what a little imagination, a little desperation to finish something and an open mind can do…..don’t you think?

The bottom left was not the right color, just trying a different shape but preferred the right one

A blurry close up……
So there now you know my secret! But too good to not share, plus its a great example of “high and low”. So…wishing you a fabulous day and a super weekend!! Thanks for stopping in.

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Mid week musings and a Sailormade giveaway!

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

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





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

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

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

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

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






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

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

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

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

Heres the wallpaper

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

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

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

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

Ingredients

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

Preparation Instructions

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

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

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

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

Another mini new style

A current style, beautiful classic urn

Another current style, elegant lacey crystal

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



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Mid week musings and a Sailormade giveaway!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Heres the wallpaper

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

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

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

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

Ingredients

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

Preparation Instructions

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

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

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

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

Another mini new style

A current style, beautiful classic urn

Another current style, elegant lacey crystal

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

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End of the week musings…..

Forewarning..….this might be the longest random musings post ever and I am kind of all over the map on this one. Sit down, relax and stop the clock for a few extra minutes! This is what happens when I am cooped up,for 5 days, having been sick and have only the computer as my entertainment:) Alas after ALL this reading there is a special “treat” for each and every one of you at the end!

Hello and happy Thursday! ?Phew…what a week. Spending most of it sick was not exactly what I think of as a great way to pass a precious week of summer. One major perk was having no appetite for 5 days, unheard of for me (uncharted territory) ?and getting lots of computer time to visit all my favorite blogs! ?I am well rested and ?90% better, hopefully filled my “sick dues” and won’t get sick for awhile! Hope you have had a great week and I don’t know about you…but I am floored that we are already in August. Wheres the pause button? I mean don’t get me wrong, fall is my favorite season, I think of walking amidst crisp colorful leaves, big vats of yummy soups brewing, cool mornings with fresh morning frost on the ground, and of course chunky cashmere sweaters and scarves but seriously the summer is flying!!!!!! ?So as usual I choose to talk about random things on this musings posts so lets get started shall we?






I LOVE LOVE LOVE hearing from my readers and am fortunate to get lots of mail from you, its the ultimate validation for me as a blogger to?hear from you! I also love to get pictures from you showcasing various things you have bought from my shop and how you are displaying them. This is such a treat for me, you have no idea!! In fact if you haven’t had a look at “Your Enchanted Homes” page on my online store, you must take a peek, I am like a proud mama but seriously my buyers have AMAZING taste!!!!!!! Click here to take a look! So please keep them coming, because you never know when I might announce a contest! Email me with your picture of your enchanted home to theenchantedhome@gmail.com. ?Here’s a sneak peek ?at some of the beauties gracing the page of “Your Enchanted Homes”…..


What can I say…I am just so proud! Want to see more….click here!?



So…….have been on a reading binge lately which is how I seem to do it. Either go through a dry spell and read nothing or read five books in a month. Finished reading The Red Book (thought it was fair) and read The Devils Den which was fascinating if you enjoy reading about wall street (I do). The next two books on my agenda are The Darlings and ?An Unexpected guest, both recommended to me. Anything good on your nightstand that is worth?sharing? I loved The Paris Wife, for anyone who is considering reading it.






Remember, how I was asking you your opinions last week about changing out the hardware for the island? Well, what I decided to do was to order a few pieces to try it out, its expensive and I want to absolutey love it before I commit to ordering nearly 30 pieces (lots of drawers and doors). So many of you wanted to know the source its Gado Gado, a small hardware company that makes beautiful unique things. Click here to visit.Thank you for your overwhelming “vote of approval”..i have a feeling its going to look really great, and if so I am going for it. Incidentally a friend is remodeling her kitchen and loves the oil rubbed bronze so I am going to pass these along to her if so. So all is not lost. Heres a pic as a reminder.





Are you a skin care junkie? If so let me pick your brain, if you dont’ mind. I have been ?pretty blessed with having good skin, I guess its genetics, thanks Mom and Dad:) That said, I baked in the sun when I was a kid living on the west coast and I still do not take care of my skin as I should, I would be embarrassed to share my skin care regimen or lack of with you but suffice to say its really simple. Simple as water and soap. However being in my 40’s I am ready to start committing to taking better care and needless to say there is an entire universe of skin care products with which to choose. Its overwhelming! So….here it goes, what do you use that you absolutely LOVE? I mean something you just cannot live with out? Do tell! I have dryer skin, just in case you are wondering. I cannot wait to hear what you come up with?you, you always have perfect advice. I did try a few products from Jurlique and must say the moisture replenishing cream is off the charts amazing, smells amazing and is super duper moist, its like a moisture bath for your skin and leaves it very dewy (which I love) so…that’s a keeper.?




I like to buy a few pair of really special costume jewelry earrings every year. We do have a few events coming up in the fall so this is a great excuse for me to go ahead and indulge. What do you think about these contenders? ?Have a fave or two? I love them all…a problem:)

Tory Burch
These are all from Alexis Bittar whose things I love…..

Lots of pretties, eh? You can see why I am having a hard time, and Alexis?or Tory, if you are reading this and need a live person to “test out” your earrings to be sure they are wearable, I am ready willing and able;)
Speaking of fun and chic jewelry, are you familiar with the chic nautically inspired brand, Sailormade? Very cute. I have one of the triple bracelets and have since given a few as gifts. With names like Chillmark, Winch, and Camden you are bound to feel like a sailor with or without your own boat! Check them out….

You know what I miss more than just about anything? My beloved monthly arrival of Southern Accents…anyone with me on that? Man, they were the greatest! To me, there is no magazine that holds a candle to them out there, though several are stepping it up. One of my readers knowing that I had really loved one particular show house that Southern Accents featured, sent me an entire binder on pages she had photocopied. SO SWEET!! Unfortunately by the time we got the box (after moving it was found amidst several other boxes) and one of my kids had opened it and I never found out her name to properly acknowledge the kindness. So if you are reading this, email me please so I can properly thank you. I love that you did that for me…and its right on my desk for whenever I am having Southern Accents withdrawals! (often). Thankfully I never threw away a copy, learned that from my mom……thanks Mom!
I am so proud of my friend Debby of Inspired Design for launching Project Strength whose mission it is to raise awareness for domestic violence. One victim is one too many and kudos to Debby for having the courage to be a voice that needs to be heard. I hope you might consider visiting her and showing your support, chances are we have all known someone (whether or not we know it) that has been a victim, sad as it is to say. Please visit her blog and show your support, in addition she is running a wonderful giveaway for a gorgeous necklace, click here to visit. And thank you Debby!
Last home tidbit…..you know that feeling of sheer elation when you find just the right fabric for a room you are working on? Well……I am thrilled to have found the perfect fabric for my guest room. I didn’t have to even think twice, it is perfect. Goes beautifully with the carpeting, the painted nightstands and I can totally envision it. So have already ordered it, now looking for the perfect check and we are going to be on our way!!!!! Woo hoo! I may have to move to this room:)

As August starts winding down, I am going to start revving up in my online shop. I was trying to take it easy a bit over the summer in terms of adding new product. I am going to be making some changes, adding some exciting new products while phasing out of the candles, only a few left. (shipping is very high). In addition the response?to my “loot delivery” last week was overwhelming and I almost immediately sold everything, however one of my good customers who intended to buy several items ended up having an emergency and cannot buy them so they are up for grabs and many of you had emailed me about these items and were told they were sold. I am not listing them online since I only have one of each, so if you are interested please contact me at theenchantedhome@gmail.com. Here is what is left…….

One more thing worth?sharing because I am a sucker for anything monogrammed. Found out about these amazing custom and very affordable notebooks called Mays Books over at Sadie and Stella, ordered one for myself and a number for gifts. You get to pick the background, a custom ?monogram and style and you get your very own notebook! How cute are they and what desk wouldn’t thank you for gracing one of these beauties with it? Click here to visit the website of Mays Books.

These are sooo chic, love them!
Featured in In Style! They know a good thing when they see it!
Finally saving the best for last….a little “prize” for each of you! Safavieh has graciously decided to offer all of The Enchanted Home’s readers a special limited time 20% discount off of any item they sell! This is beyond generous and a great way to take advantage of their already incredibly low prices on the most magnificent furniture, accessories, lighting and rugs! The code is “Enchanted” when checking out. THANK YOU SAFAVIEH! Click here to visit their site (warning it will keep you busy for hours)!!
OK OK, ?think I have rambled more than enough and taken enough of your time! ?Can’t say I didn’t warn you that this was all over the map and very lengthy. I am sure you have places to go and people to see…and I have a boatload of things to do myself having been out of commission for 5 days. Doubt I will be back over the weekend, so let me wish you now a happy and relaxing weekend…cannot believe its the first weekend of August……yowza! ?See you on Monday:)





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End of the week musings…..

Forewarning..….this might be the longest random musings post ever and I am kind of all over the map on this one. Sit down, relax and stop the clock for a few extra minutes! This is what happens when I am cooped up,for 5 days, having been sick and have only the computer as my entertainment:) Alas after ALL this reading there is a special “treat” for each and every one of you at the end!

Hello and happy Thursday!  Phew…what a week. Spending most of it sick was not exactly what I think of as a great way to pass a precious week of summer. One major perk was having no appetite for 5 days, unheard of for me (uncharted territory)  and getting lots of computer time to visit all my favorite blogs!  I am well rested and  90% better, hopefully filled my “sick dues” and won’t get sick for awhile! Hope you have had a great week and I don’t know about you…but I am floored that we are already in August. Wheres the pause button? I mean don’t get me wrong, fall is my favorite season, I think of walking amidst crisp colorful leaves, big vats of yummy soups brewing, cool mornings with fresh morning frost on the ground, and of course chunky cashmere sweaters and scarves but seriously the summer is flying!!!!!!  So as usual I choose to talk about random things on this musings posts so lets get started shall we?
I LOVE LOVE LOVE hearing from my readers and am fortunate to get lots of mail from you, its the ultimate validation for me as a blogger to hear from you! I also love to get pictures from you showcasing various things you have bought from my shop and how you are displaying them. This is such a treat for me, you have no idea!! In fact if you haven’t had a look at “Your Enchanted Homes” page on my online store, you must take a peek, I am like a proud mama but seriously my buyers have AMAZING taste!!!!!!! Click here to take a look! So please keep them coming, because you never know when I might announce a contest! Email me with your picture of your enchanted home to theenchantedhome@gmail.com.  Here’s a sneak peek  at some of the beauties gracing the page of “Your Enchanted Homes”…..

What can I say…I am just so proud! Want to see more….click here! 

So…….have been on a reading binge lately which is how I seem to do it. Either go through a dry spell and read nothing or read five books in a month. Finished reading The Red Book (thought it was fair) and read The Devils Den which was fascinating if you enjoy reading about wall street (I do). The next two books on my agenda are The Darlings and  An Unexpected guest, both recommended to me. Anything good on your nightstand that is worth sharing? I loved The Paris Wife, for anyone who is considering reading it.

Remember, how I was asking you your opinions last week about changing out the hardware for the island? Well, what I decided to do was to order a few pieces to try it out, its expensive and I want to absolutey love it before I commit to ordering nearly 30 pieces (lots of drawers and doors). So many of you wanted to know the source its Gado Gado, a small hardware company that makes beautiful unique things. Click here to visit.Thank you for your overwhelming “vote of approval”..i have a feeling its going to look really great, and if so I am going for it. Incidentally a friend is remodeling her kitchen and loves the oil rubbed bronze so I am going to pass these along to her if so. So all is not lost. Heres a pic as a reminder.

Are you a skin care junkie? If so let me pick your brain, if you dont’ mind. I have been  pretty blessed with having good skin, I guess its genetics, thanks Mom and Dad:) That said, I baked in the sun when I was a kid living on the west coast and I still do not take care of my skin as I should, I would be embarrassed to share my skin care regimen or lack of with you but suffice to say its really simple. Simple as water and soap. However being in my 40’s I am ready to start committing to taking better care and needless to say there is an entire universe of skin care products with which to choose. Its overwhelming! So….here it goes, what do you use that you absolutely LOVE? I mean something you just cannot live with out? Do tell! I have dryer skin, just in case you are wondering. I cannot wait to hear what you come up with you, you always have perfect advice. I did try a few products from Jurlique and must say the moisture replenishing cream is off the charts amazing, smells amazing and is super duper moist, its like a moisture bath for your skin and leaves it very dewy (which I love) so…that’s a keeper. 

I like to buy a few pair of really special costume jewelry earrings every year. We do have a few events coming up in the fall so this is a great excuse for me to go ahead and indulge. What do you think about these contenders?  Have a fave or two? I love them all…a problem:)

Tory Burch
These are all from Alexis Bittar whose things I love…..

Lots of pretties, eh? You can see why I am having a hard time, and Alexis or Tory, if you are reading this and need a live person to “test out” your earrings to be sure they are wearable, I am ready willing and able;)
Speaking of fun and chic jewelry, are you familiar with the chic nautically inspired brand, Sailormade? Very cute. I have one of the triple bracelets and have since given a few as gifts. With names like Chillmark, Winch, and Camden you are bound to feel like a sailor with or without your own boat! Check them out….

You know what I miss more than just about anything? My beloved monthly arrival of Southern Accents…anyone with me on that? Man, they were the greatest! To me, there is no magazine that holds a candle to them out there, though several are stepping it up. One of my readers knowing that I had really loved one particular show house that Southern Accents featured, sent me an entire binder on pages she had photocopied. SO SWEET!! Unfortunately by the time we got the box (after moving it was found amidst several other boxes) and one of my kids had opened it and I never found out her name to properly acknowledge the kindness. So if you are reading this, email me please so I can properly thank you. I love that you did that for me…and its right on my desk for whenever I am having Southern Accents withdrawals! (often). Thankfully I never threw away a copy, learned that from my mom……thanks Mom!
I am so proud of my friend Debby of Inspired Design for launching Project Strength whose mission it is to raise awareness for domestic violence. One victim is one too many and kudos to Debby for having the courage to be a voice that needs to be heard. I hope you might consider visiting her and showing your support, chances are we have all known someone (whether or not we know it) that has been a victim, sad as it is to say. Please visit her blog and show your support, in addition she is running a wonderful giveaway for a gorgeous necklace, click here to visit. And thank you Debby!
Last home tidbit…..you know that feeling of sheer elation when you find just the right fabric for a room you are working on? Well……I am thrilled to have found the perfect fabric for my guest room. I didn’t have to even think twice, it is perfect. Goes beautifully with the carpeting, the painted nightstands and I can totally envision it. So have already ordered it, now looking for the perfect check and we are going to be on our way!!!!! Woo hoo! I may have to move to this room:)

As August starts winding down, I am going to start revving up in my online shop. I was trying to take it easy a bit over the summer in terms of adding new product. I am going to be making some changes, adding some exciting new products while phasing out of the candles, only a few left. (shipping is very high). In addition the response to my “loot delivery” last week was overwhelming and I almost immediately sold everything, however one of my good customers who intended to buy several items ended up having an emergency and cannot buy them so they are up for grabs and many of you had emailed me about these items and were told they were sold. I am not listing them online since I only have one of each, so if you are interested please contact me at theenchantedhome@gmail.com. Here is what is left…….

One more thing worth sharing because I am a sucker for anything monogrammed. Found out about these amazing custom and very affordable notebooks called Mays Books over at Sadie and Stella, ordered one for myself and a number for gifts. You get to pick the background, a custom  monogram and style and you get your very own notebook! How cute are they and what desk wouldn’t thank you for gracing one of these beauties with it? Click here to visit the website of Mays Books.

These are sooo chic, love them!
Featured in In Style! They know a good thing when they see it!
Finally saving the best for last….a little “prize” for each of you! Safavieh has graciously decided to offer all of The Enchanted Home’s readers a special limited time 20% discount off of any item they sell! This is beyond generous and a great way to take advantage of their already incredibly low prices on the most magnificent furniture, accessories, lighting and rugs! The code is “Enchanted” when checking out. THANK YOU SAFAVIEH! Click here to visit their site (warning it will keep you busy for hours)!!
OK OK,  think I have rambled more than enough and taken enough of your time!  Can’t say I didn’t warn you that this was all over the map and very lengthy. I am sure you have places to go and people to see…and I have a boatload of things to do myself having been out of commission for 5 days. Doubt I will be back over the weekend, so let me wish you now a happy and relaxing weekend…cannot believe its the first weekend of August……yowza!  See you on Monday:)

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