The tale of two showhouses….

Hi there! Don’t forget to enter the pillow giveaway (my weekly giveaway) click here if you missed it. And of course loving all the beautiful “Hooray for the holidays” pictures I am getting and hope you will participate. All details on bottom.

Moving onto one of my favorite subjects…….designer showhouses!? I attended not one but two show houses recently and there were so many lovely things to share that it warranted its very own post:) I love show houses but have to say I have been disappointed in recent years over them and don’t remember going to many that I loved, at least not the way I used to.

?I used to come home and dream of what I saw and felt so inspired to start sprucing up my own house……but that has not been the case in recent years, most have disappointed with a few winning rooms amidst a bunch of underwhelming? and lackluster ones. So these were both a treat…. even if some of these rooms were not exactly my taste they were done really well and I had a definite? appreciation for the attention to detail, the imagination and creativity used and how they went the “extra mile”.? I am excited to share with you some of the beauty today! Ready to come inside?

House (if you can call it that) number one. The first house was done in the most palatial turn of the century masterpieces built for the famed Guggenheim Family in Sands Point, NY. Called Hempstead House, or the Sands Point Preserve, it sits on one of the most prime spots overlooking the Long Island sound, affording it practically a panoramic view. Built in 1917, it is really something to behold!? If you want to find out more about this architectural gem, click here.

VERY PICTURE HEAVY….SO BE SURE TO TAKE A SEAT AND GRAB ANOTHER CUP OF JAVA!

?Even if there wasn’t a single piece of furniture it would be worth it to visit just to take in the majesty and grandeur…oh if only those walls could talk! Today it is owned by the county and serves as a museum and is a registered landmark. It was a positively regal home to have a showhouse in! Come inside…..

?Pretty breathtaking…don’t you think?
?Upon entering there is a massive sunken Palm court (foyer to most of us little people)
?The dining room….interesting how they made it all white and so modern, it was a great twist, very Phillipe Starck!

?This massive sunroom with the most amazing stonework became a billiards room…a very big one! (done by Keith Baltimore) I could see some serious parties in this space!

?Of course my eye went straight to the magnificent Provence planter…really love this one!

Upon entering the magnificent and very palatial living room done beautifully by Safavieh Home which took the award for best room

?This one picture has me rethinking my own breakfast room with a much smaller bay of windows but its the same idea….LOVE the window seat and all the pillows!

?It was a very dramatic space…..with 16 foot ceilings!

?The windows were amazing at every turn!

Onto the family room which is piggybacked to the living room…so has a similar style architecturally, same windows,etc…..

?You don’t see fireplaces like this anymore!
?Or ceilings like this one!

?Or how about this absolutely incredible limestone stair tower…at one time looks like an organ lived up there!

Upon entering what I thought was the prettiest bedroom of the house…and what a way to be greeted!

?This was the “bridal room” done by Liz Cordeiro, it was quite beautiful and overlooks the sound!

?The faux fur throws gave it a very Hollywood retro vibe…super glamorous!

?In another room which didn’t excite me, I was impressed with the creative approach to filling the fireplace…..so interesting!

?This bedroom was like a throwback, it was done really well and authentically. I almost felt swept away to another era.

And check out these killer views…..they were beyond words!

?The back of the house, unfortunately the sun was so bright, it made taking pictures from the back challenging

?Ahh…here we go, a little better!

?That is yet another mansion built on the same property, rumor has it for the wife and her “boyfriend”

?A side view of the magnificent porte cochere…..amazing!

?It looks more like a university than a home….but it was such a treat to visit! I love being taken back to earlier times and it was easy to imagine the living large, the parties, the holidays, that all took place here…magical!

Moving along to the second house, a? much more manageable and “human sized” abode? but nevertheless a very? stately home, the kind of house you walk in and can actually imagine living in. I thought this was really well done.? It is a home built in around 1920 but it was lovingly restored an felt fresh and new. Very very charming. Come on inside…..

Darling and charming bathroom…..love the Scalamandre paper!

Very cozy den/library…love the more transitional take in a very traditional room

Now entering the living room, done in very pale powdery blues and creams…..

Loved the sunroom done by Rinfret group! Recognize the lantern from the custom tole line I carry!

Moving along outside to the patio….I wouldn’t do orange myself but it really worked here and was so “fall like”….

Charming herb garden

How perfectly round are those mums!
Love the old brick walkway around the garden

Fell in love with these uber charming topiaries!!

Beautiful dining room courtesy of Barbara of Hampton Hostess fame….so well done!

Cozy sitting area off the kitchen

Interesting tile mosaic backsplash…always fun to see the new trends!

This was a small study off the kitchen but sooo cozy and so well done complete with tiny wet bar

Eat in breakfast space……

Breakfast room looking into the kitchen


Gotta love this laundry room…this could anyone excited to do laundry! Such a feel good room…….

Welcome to a guest room or a great teenage girls room….nicely done!

You know I loved the bathroom that went with it….I spy blue and white!

Up on the third floor was a bonafide mancave, my sons would LOVE this space..pics were dark though.

Back to the living room…..

And that glorious sunroom…..

And that great bathroom on our way out had to take one last pic!

This beautiful chinoisereie was found in a small vestibule off the foyer

Gorgeous painted ceiling

Outside the foliage was fully ablaze in a rhapsody of color……

Loved this charming little vignette right off the main foyer……….

I haven’t seen this before, but how beautiful! Mirror around the fireplace…..very very pretty!

Back to the dining room…told you there is no rhyme or reason to the sequence of these pictures!

Living room…..

Heading upstairs…..(again)!

Small but charming master bath and bedroom…..

So there you have it! Which house do you like more? Obviously one is like a museum and though it was incredible to visit..it would be hard to imagine living there. However with a staff as they used to have it….maybe I would reconsider:) They were a treat to attend and it restored my faith in one of my favorite pastimes, going to designer showhouses! Hope you enjoyed…did you have a favorite room?

Three things before I go! Today is the last day to be eligible for the gorgeous pillow giveaway from Studio Trullia. Don’t miss out…its a beauty! Click here for details and find out how to enter!

If you missed my latest batch of steals and deals….(last one until after Thanksgiving) click here, there are a few things left but most are sold. I will have my final steal and deals first week of December, so stay tuned!

Third, I am so enjoying receiving all of your “Hooray for the holiday” pictures, details below-

The new theme is “Hooray for the Holidays“. I am accepting pictures for anything having to do with the holidays (Halloween, Thanksgiving or Christmas) up until Dec. 4th. I will run the contest through Dec. 8th and announce a winner on Monday, Dec.9th. I have already gotten some beauties so send yours in!

No rules…however you interpret “Hooray for the Holidays”. Could be a favorite meal, your home all decked out, your Thanksgiving table, a pretty table setting from a holiday past, a pet or child showing their spirit, etc…..I know I am in for a treat, your talents and inspirations always blow me away. Same rules, two pictures per entrant, you must put Hooray for the Holidays in the subject line of your email (I get a ton of email and don’t? want it lost in the shuffle).

A reminder that these must be your pictures (not necessarily of your home but pictures that belong to you, not taken off internet)

Email me your pictures to theenchantedhome@gmail.com. Thank in advance for entering, you have a little over 2 weeks to send them in! I will also hold a Christmas themed contest in early Jan so get those cameras ready! Some ideas…..

The tale of two showhouses….

Hi there! Don’t forget to enter the pillow giveaway (my weekly giveaway) click here if you missed it. And of course loving all the beautiful “Hooray for the holidays” pictures I am getting and hope you will participate. All details on bottom.

Moving onto one of my favorite subjects…….designer showhouses!  I attended not one but two show houses recently and there were so many lovely things to share that it warranted its very own post:) I love show houses but have to say I have been disappointed in recent years over them and don’t remember going to many that I loved, at least not the way I used to.

 I used to come home and dream of what I saw and felt so inspired to start sprucing up my own house……but that has not been the case in recent years, most have disappointed with a few winning rooms amidst a bunch of underwhelming  and lackluster ones. So these were both a treat…. even if some of these rooms were not exactly my taste they were done really well and I had a definite  appreciation for the attention to detail, the imagination and creativity used and how they went the “extra mile”.  I am excited to share with you some of the beauty today! Ready to come inside?

House (if you can call it that) number one. The first house was done in the most palatial turn of the century masterpieces built for the famed Guggenheim Family in Sands Point, NY. Called Hempstead House, or the Sands Point Preserve, it sits on one of the most prime spots overlooking the Long Island sound, affording it practically a panoramic view. Built in 1917, it is really something to behold!  If you want to find out more about this architectural gem, click here.

VERY PICTURE HEAVY….SO BE SURE TO TAKE A SEAT AND GRAB ANOTHER CUP OF JAVA!

 Even if there wasn’t a single piece of furniture it would be worth it to visit just to take in the majesty and grandeur…oh if only those walls could talk! Today it is owned by the county and serves as a museum and is a registered landmark. It was a positively regal home to have a showhouse in! Come inside…..

 Pretty breathtaking…don’t you think?
 Upon entering there is a massive sunken Palm court (foyer to most of us little people)
 The dining room….interesting how they made it all white and so modern, it was a great twist, very Phillipe Starck!

 This massive sunroom with the most amazing stonework became a billiards room…a very big one! (done by Keith Baltimore) I could see some serious parties in this space!

 Of course my eye went straight to the magnificent Provence planter…really love this one!

Upon entering the magnificent and very palatial living room done beautifully by Safavieh Home which took the award for best room

 This one picture has me rethinking my own breakfast room with a much smaller bay of windows but its the same idea….LOVE the window seat and all the pillows!

 It was a very dramatic space…..with 16 foot ceilings!

 The windows were amazing at every turn!

Onto the family room which is piggybacked to the living room…so has a similar style architecturally, same windows,etc…..

 You don’t see fireplaces like this anymore!
 Or ceilings like this one!

 Or how about this absolutely incredible limestone stair tower…at one time looks like an organ lived up there!

Upon entering what I thought was the prettiest bedroom of the house…and what a way to be greeted!

 This was the “bridal room” done by Liz Cordeiro, it was quite beautiful and overlooks the sound!

 The faux fur throws gave it a very Hollywood retro vibe…super glamorous!

 In another room which didn’t excite me, I was impressed with the creative approach to filling the fireplace…..so interesting!

 This bedroom was like a throwback, it was done really well and authentically. I almost felt swept away to another era.

And check out these killer views…..they were beyond words!

 The back of the house, unfortunately the sun was so bright, it made taking pictures from the back challenging

 Ahh…here we go, a little better!

 That is yet another mansion built on the same property, rumor has it for the wife and her “boyfriend”

 A side view of the magnificent porte cochere…..amazing!

 It looks more like a university than a home….but it was such a treat to visit! I love being taken back to earlier times and it was easy to imagine the living large, the parties, the holidays, that all took place here…magical!

Moving along to the second house, a  much more manageable and “human sized” abode  but nevertheless a very  stately home, the kind of house you walk in and can actually imagine living in. I thought this was really well done.  It is a home built in around 1920 but it was lovingly restored an felt fresh and new. Very very charming. Come on inside…..

Darling and charming bathroom…..love the Scalamandre paper!

Very cozy den/library…love the more transitional take in a very traditional room

Now entering the living room, done in very pale powdery blues and creams…..

Loved the sunroom done by Rinfret group! Recognize the lantern from the custom tole line I carry!

Moving along outside to the patio….I wouldn’t do orange myself but it really worked here and was so “fall like”….

Charming herb garden

How perfectly round are those mums!
Love the old brick walkway around the garden

Fell in love with these uber charming topiaries!!

Beautiful dining room courtesy of Barbara of Hampton Hostess fame….so well done!

Cozy sitting area off the kitchen

Interesting tile mosaic backsplash…always fun to see the new trends!

This was a small study off the kitchen but sooo cozy and so well done complete with tiny wet bar

Eat in breakfast space……

Breakfast room looking into the kitchen


Gotta love this laundry room…this could anyone excited to do laundry! Such a feel good room…….

Welcome to a guest room or a great teenage girls room….nicely done!

You know I loved the bathroom that went with it….I spy blue and white!

Up on the third floor was a bonafide mancave, my sons would LOVE this space..pics were dark though.

Back to the living room…..

And that glorious sunroom…..

And that great bathroom on our way out had to take one last pic!

This beautiful chinoisereie was found in a small vestibule off the foyer

Gorgeous painted ceiling

Outside the foliage was fully ablaze in a rhapsody of color……

Loved this charming little vignette right off the main foyer……….

I haven’t seen this before, but how beautiful! Mirror around the fireplace…..very very pretty!

Back to the dining room…told you there is no rhyme or reason to the sequence of these pictures!

Living room…..

Heading upstairs…..(again)!

Small but charming master bath and bedroom…..

So there you have it! Which house do you like more? Obviously one is like a museum and though it was incredible to visit..it would be hard to imagine living there. However with a staff as they used to have it….maybe I would reconsider:) They were a treat to attend and it restored my faith in one of my favorite pastimes, going to designer showhouses! Hope you enjoyed…did you have a favorite room?

Three things before I go! Today is the last day to be eligible for the gorgeous pillow giveaway from Studio Trullia. Don’t miss out…its a beauty! Click here for details and find out how to enter!

If you missed my latest batch of steals and deals….(last one until after Thanksgiving) click here, there are a few things left but most are sold. I will have my final steal and deals first week of December, so stay tuned!

Third, I am so enjoying receiving all of your “Hooray for the holiday” pictures, details below-

The new theme is “Hooray for the Holidays“. I am accepting pictures for anything having to do with the holidays (Halloween, Thanksgiving or Christmas) up until Dec. 4th. I will run the contest through Dec. 8th and announce a winner on Monday, Dec.9th. I have already gotten some beauties so send yours in!

No rules…however you interpret “Hooray for the Holidays”. Could be a favorite meal, your home all decked out, your Thanksgiving table, a pretty table setting from a holiday past, a pet or child showing their spirit, etc…..I know I am in for a treat, your talents and inspirations always blow me away. Same rules, two pictures per entrant, you must put Hooray for the Holidays in the subject line of your email (I get a ton of email and don’t  want it lost in the shuffle).

A reminder that these must be your pictures (not necessarily of your home but pictures that belong to you, not taken off internet)

Email me your pictures to theenchantedhome@gmail.com. Thank in advance for entering, you have a little over 2 weeks to send them in! I will also hold a Christmas themed contest in early Jan so get those cameras ready! Some ideas…..

Sunday showhouse…….and you’re invited

Happy Sunday! Hope you are enjoying a wonderful weekend. Mine has been quite busy so I am looking forward to a day of semi relaxation (son is in a lacrosse tournament all day long, who am I kidding). As I do every Sunday, it is a day to showcase and ?enjoy three spectacular homes.But before I begin, on a sidenote……I have to say I recently more than once experienced “peony envy” particularly after eyeing Elizabeth’s gorgeous freshly cut peonies from Pretty Pink Tulips blog. Peonies and hydrangeas are my absolute favorite flowers (and orchids). Well- yesterday I was at the new house, taking a walk and lo and behold..what do I see? Is that a wild peony bush I spy? Yes…it was. I was so excited!! I quickly got a pair of scissors and started clipping away…..ran home to make up two small arrangements. They also happened to be my favorite color peony, the palest blush pink…. peony envy problem solved!

The unsuspecting peonies “hiding”
And there they are just waiting for me to find them!

Beautiful color….

Perfect bloom

It only took a few minutes to make those babies mine!
I found a pair of small blue and white Chinese vases
Voila! Simple and elegant…
Love the color and lushness
My peony wishes come true!

Moving onto to our three beautiful homes……





BARBADOS. You could probably give me a pretty little tent on a beach and I wouldn’t complain as long as its in Barbados! But then you get this fabulous formal vacation home, and its really over the top! Rene Margie’s built this home from scratch and is responsible for all the decadent interiors. The grounds are a lush tropical oasis and the opulence continues inside, it looks like something from another era. Here is his formal take on a Caribbean colonial plantation home..quite the getaway, don’t you think?

I would be spending A LOT of time on this hammock
This back has almost a theatrical feel to it, its so lush
GREENWICH, CT. This beautiful home situated in fabulous back country Greenwich was done by arhictect Ike Kleigerman Barkley. This beautiful coastal home situated right on the Long Island Sound was born out of the owners desire to build a smaller home than they previously owned, which would be a modern take on a Gothic and Romanesque style home. The result is the wonderful stone, glass and wood structure. The interiors features a lot of warm rich woods and a slightly more traditional feeling decor. An indoor pool pavilion completes this fabulous home. (and what a view)!

Check out that view from the indoor pool……stunning!

With a view like this, I would never again complain about having to sit and pay bills!
FAIRFIELD COUNTY, CONNECTICUT. We stay in Connecticut and move onto this black singled home decorated by Alexa Hampton. At first I thought black shingles..how odd! But I actually really like the look of this rambling English inspired country home. On one side of the facade is the black wood and on the other stucco. The interiors reflect an ongoing eclectic mix of new and old, the decor is fresh, alive and young.Interesting to see the mix of the traditional style home outside and the surprising more modern interiors. Come on in and see what you think!

This is a great and cozy room

So what do you think? Do you have a clear cut favorite? I think they are all interesting and very clearly defined by their own personal style. Its always fun to see otters interpretation of their “dream house”?isn’t it? Hope you have a wonderful and relaxing Sunday!

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Sunday showhouse…….and you’re invited

Happy Sunday! Hope you are enjoying a wonderful weekend. Mine has been quite busy so I am looking forward to a day of semi relaxation (son is in a lacrosse tournament all day long, who am I kidding). As I do every Sunday, it is a day to showcase and  enjoy three spectacular homes.But before I begin, on a sidenote……I have to say I recently more than once experienced “peony envy” particularly after eyeing Elizabeth’s gorgeous freshly cut peonies from Pretty Pink Tulips blog. Peonies and hydrangeas are my absolute favorite flowers (and orchids). Well- yesterday I was at the new house, taking a walk and lo and behold..what do I see? Is that a wild peony bush I spy? Yes…it was. I was so excited!! I quickly got a pair of scissors and started clipping away…..ran home to make up two small arrangements. They also happened to be my favorite color peony, the palest blush pink…. peony envy problem solved!

The unsuspecting peonies “hiding”
And there they are just waiting for me to find them!

Beautiful color….

Perfect bloom

It only took a few minutes to make those babies mine!
I found a pair of small blue and white Chinese vases
Voila! Simple and elegant…
Love the color and lushness
My peony wishes come true!

Moving onto to our three beautiful homes……


BARBADOS. You could probably give me a pretty little tent on a beach and I wouldn’t complain as long as its in Barbados! But then you get this fabulous formal vacation home, and its really over the top! Rene Margie’s built this home from scratch and is responsible for all the decadent interiors. The grounds are a lush tropical oasis and the opulence continues inside, it looks like something from another era. Here is his formal take on a Caribbean colonial plantation home..quite the getaway, don’t you think?

I would be spending A LOT of time on this hammock
This back has almost a theatrical feel to it, its so lush
GREENWICH, CT. This beautiful home situated in fabulous back country Greenwich was done by arhictect Ike Kleigerman Barkley. This beautiful coastal home situated right on the Long Island Sound was born out of the owners desire to build a smaller home than they previously owned, which would be a modern take on a Gothic and Romanesque style home. The result is the wonderful stone, glass and wood structure. The interiors features a lot of warm rich woods and a slightly more traditional feeling decor. An indoor pool pavilion completes this fabulous home. (and what a view)!

Check out that view from the indoor pool……stunning!

With a view like this, I would never again complain about having to sit and pay bills!
FAIRFIELD COUNTY, CONNECTICUT. We stay in Connecticut and move onto this black singled home decorated by Alexa Hampton. At first I thought black shingles..how odd! But I actually really like the look of this rambling English inspired country home. On one side of the facade is the black wood and on the other stucco. The interiors reflect an ongoing eclectic mix of new and old, the decor is fresh, alive and young.Interesting to see the mix of the traditional style home outside and the surprising more modern interiors. Come on in and see what you think!

This is a great and cozy room

So what do you think? Do you have a clear cut favorite? I think they are all interesting and very clearly defined by their own personal style. Its always fun to see otters interpretation of their “dream house” isn’t it? Hope you have a wonderful and relaxing Sunday!

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Sunday showhouse…….and you’re invited, we have a winner!!





Today I am happy to announce the winner of the Seda France trio. I used random.org and here is my winner! I will be contacting you or feel free to contact me. These are wonderful products that you are sure to enjoy!!



Congratulations……Quintessence!!

Drawing
#5,623

PRIVATE
Seda France Trio
4th drawing held by?The Enchanted Home
Completed on Sunday, 3 April 2011 at 12:07:03 UTC
68 entrants, 1 winner
Winners (1)
 1st: quintessence








Thank goodness its Sunday, I need an official “free pass” to feel like I am off duty today. Its been a long and sometimes stressful week and its nice to have a day just to do as I please..though we all know there is no rest for the weary! By the way, saw Jane Eyre which I had been dying to see..it was incredible. I loved it…..the scenery, music and costumes were breathtaking, the homes it was filmed in “knock your socks off” gorgeous in that hauntingly beautiful, cold and somewhat foreboding English castle kind of a way. Hows that for a description? I loved the film adaptation from the well known novel and would recommend it if you enjoy period films. Sunday is a day to take it nice and slow…..so start your day by going on a house tour with me!!First we start off in Lake Michigan, then head to ranch country, Montana, home of some of the most beautiful vistas in the world and finally back east to Greenwich, CT. You know I love to know what you think so please let me know if you have a favorite! Here we go…..



LAKE MICHIGAN, MICHIGAN. This fabulous stately clapboard classic designed by the renowned Robert Stern took great care to keep this house true to its New England roots. It is understated and classic elegance at its best. Victoria Hagan designed the interiors and its very clear that she has left her indelible and creative stamp on the refined and restrained interiors. The views of the lake that beckon are incredible and this gem is complete with a pool house that compliments the main house. Pretty nice!

BIG SKY, MONTANA. Horse and ranch country. Warm rich colors, lots of wood. Inviting and cozy but still grand. Enough said, lets have a look……?Locati Architects, one of the masters of the ranch house universe, ?is responsible for this beauty. The hand?hewn beams used throughout the interiors adds warmth, elegance and a charming rustic quality that is exclusive to fine ranch living. With a vacation house like this, and vistas and views that this house has..I might never feel the need for a vacation away from home ever again!

GREENWICH, CT. ?This stately elegant classic brick Georgian in beautiful mid country Greenwich is a bit of a surprise inside. I would describe the style of interiors as eclectic, because as you can see there are a number of different styles going on there, I see transitional, even some modern, traditional, and even some colonial. What do you think of the mix? I love that mirrored door dressing area….step inside.

So that wraps up the Sunday showhouse..what do you think? Do you have a favorite? You know I love to know..its always fun to hear your ideas and opinions! Enjoy your Sunday and rest of the weekend…hope you are doing something fun!

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Sunday showhouse…….and you’re invited, we have a winner!!



Today I am happy to announce the winner of the Seda France trio. I used random.org and here is my winner! I will be contacting you or feel free to contact me. These are wonderful products that you are sure to enjoy!!

Congratulations……Quintessence!!

Drawing
#5,623

PRIVATE
Seda France Trio
4th drawing held by The Enchanted Home
Completed on Sunday, 3 April 2011 at 12:07:03 UTC
68 entrants, 1 winner
Winners (1)
 1st: quintessence




Thank goodness its Sunday, I need an official “free pass” to feel like I am off duty today. Its been a long and sometimes stressful week and its nice to have a day just to do as I please..though we all know there is no rest for the weary! By the way, saw Jane Eyre which I had been dying to see..it was incredible. I loved it…..the scenery, music and costumes were breathtaking, the homes it was filmed in “knock your socks off” gorgeous in that hauntingly beautiful, cold and somewhat foreboding English castle kind of a way. Hows that for a description? I loved the film adaptation from the well known novel and would recommend it if you enjoy period films. Sunday is a day to take it nice and slow…..so start your day by going on a house tour with me!!First we start off in Lake Michigan, then head to ranch country, Montana, home of some of the most beautiful vistas in the world and finally back east to Greenwich, CT. You know I love to know what you think so please let me know if you have a favorite! Here we go…..

LAKE MICHIGAN, MICHIGAN. This fabulous stately clapboard classic designed by the renowned Robert Stern took great care to keep this house true to its New England roots. It is understated and classic elegance at its best. Victoria Hagan designed the interiors and its very clear that she has left her indelible and creative stamp on the refined and restrained interiors. The views of the lake that beckon are incredible and this gem is complete with a pool house that compliments the main house. Pretty nice!

BIG SKY, MONTANA. Horse and ranch country. Warm rich colors, lots of wood. Inviting and cozy but still grand. Enough said, lets have a look…… Locati Architects, one of the masters of the ranch house universe,  is responsible for this beauty. The hand hewn beams used throughout the interiors adds warmth, elegance and a charming rustic quality that is exclusive to fine ranch living. With a vacation house like this, and vistas and views that this house has..I might never feel the need for a vacation away from home ever again!

GREENWICH, CT.  This stately elegant classic brick Georgian in beautiful mid country Greenwich is a bit of a surprise inside. I would describe the style of interiors as eclectic, because as you can see there are a number of different styles going on there, I see transitional, even some modern, traditional, and even some colonial. What do you think of the mix? I love that mirrored door dressing area….step inside.

So that wraps up the Sunday showhouse..what do you think? Do you have a favorite? You know I love to know..its always fun to hear your ideas and opinions! Enjoy your Sunday and rest of the weekend…hope you are doing something fun!

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Sunday showhouse…….and you’re invited!

My prayers continue for the people of Japan. So much devastation and loss…hoping for recovery, restoration and rebuilding for Japan and its proud people.



Happy Sunday! The weather this weekend has been incredible…and I am convinced that we will get to enjoy a spring after all! ?As I do every Sunday, I have a ?house tour featuring a few different style homes in different locations. Today we go from one coast to the next, and then all the way over to my favorite country other than the U.S……France!! So sit back, relax, pour yourself another cup of java and don’t be too quick to get up and run out of the house…its Sunday and a day to stop and smell the roses (and look at houses) Enjoy! Let me know if you have a favorite…







This beautiful country home modeled after an English country manor/Costwold style is brand new. Located in Falls Church, Virginia….it is situated on five sprawling acres. Careful to replicate this beauty to look old, it is purposeful restrained and understated. The interiors however were given a more modern, transitional feel. I love the bright, airy and sun lit rooms…..great space and not too formal or stuffy. What do you think?

Then we are off to the west coast and sunny California, Belvedere to be exact. This not so humble abode belongs to someone who we should all know one way or another, the Restoration Hardwares CEO, Gary Freidman…yes you in some teeny tiny way, made him having this house possible…lol! The views of the Golden Gate bridge speak for themselves as does the laid back elegance and charm that abounds. Architect Howard Backen did a beautiful job in creating this fabulous water view getaway….

Now buckle your seatbelts as we are jetting all the way to glorious Avignon, France, I am sure I don’t have to twist your arm for this one! This picture perfect French countryside home in the middle of this historic and charm to the max picturesque countryside is the kind of place I would like to escape to and would never want to go back…..I can almost smell the lavender fields and the fresh bread baking from the small village patisserie! I am ready to go…..

So…what do you think? Do you have a favorite? Would love to know..wishing you a relaxing and enchanted Sunday!

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Sunday showhouse…….and you’re invited!

My prayers continue for the people of Japan. So much devastation and loss…hoping for recovery, restoration and rebuilding for Japan and its proud people.

Happy Sunday! The weather this weekend has been incredible…and I am convinced that we will get to enjoy a spring after all!  As I do every Sunday, I have a  house tour featuring a few different style homes in different locations. Today we go from one coast to the next, and then all the way over to my favorite country other than the U.S……France!! So sit back, relax, pour yourself another cup of java and don’t be too quick to get up and run out of the house…its Sunday and a day to stop and smell the roses (and look at houses) Enjoy! Let me know if you have a favorite…



This beautiful country home modeled after an English country manor/Costwold style is brand new. Located in Falls Church, Virginia….it is situated on five sprawling acres. Careful to replicate this beauty to look old, it is purposeful restrained and understated. The interiors however were given a more modern, transitional feel. I love the bright, airy and sun lit rooms…..great space and not too formal or stuffy. What do you think?

Then we are off to the west coast and sunny California, Belvedere to be exact. This not so humble abode belongs to someone who we should all know one way or another, the Restoration Hardwares CEO, Gary Freidman…yes you in some teeny tiny way, made him having this house possible…lol! The views of the Golden Gate bridge speak for themselves as does the laid back elegance and charm that abounds. Architect Howard Backen did a beautiful job in creating this fabulous water view getaway….

Now buckle your seatbelts as we are jetting all the way to glorious Avignon, France, I am sure I don’t have to twist your arm for this one! This picture perfect French countryside home in the middle of this historic and charm to the max picturesque countryside is the kind of place I would like to escape to and would never want to go back…..I can almost smell the lavender fields and the fresh bread baking from the small village patisserie! I am ready to go…..

So…what do you think? Do you have a favorite? Would love to know..wishing you a relaxing and enchanted Sunday!

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Sunday showhouse…..and you’re invited!! Plus house updates

Happy Sunday! My thoughts and prayers continue to be with those in Japan, still surreal what is going on there while things are so normal and routine here. May God light the way of the very dark road they have ahead of them……

?A few house ?picture/updates….got the latest batch of limestone and am thrilled with how its coming along….still in the rough stages but thought I would share anyway as it is quite exciting to see the house inch forward to completion! Also got part I of III of the main staircase…so far they have installed the basement to 1st floor part and it came out amazing…pictures first then onto my Sunday post.

1st batch of marble to arrive for son #1’s bathroom
Stairs from basement to first floor
Part of “stair tower”
Limestone work beginning on the rear of the house
Another shot
I love Indiana Limestone…..
This is one of my favorite parts so far!?
Love the cartouche…..
The limestone arches are hard to see with the plastic but they came out even better than we could have imagined!
Another view
Other side of the house (walk out basement side)
Living room sheetrock starts tomorrow
1st floor hallway/gallery
Future library
Dining room ready for sheetrock
***Also I have been asked to guest post on one of my absolute favorite blogs, Party Resources?tomorrow…please be sure to visit me there and check out Kate’s amazing blog, always full of entertaining eye candy! (www.partyresources.blogspot.com)***
Well we all know what Sunday is around here…a much coveted (at least for me) day of pure relaxation, a lazy day if I so choose and alas a day to do exactly as I please. Today’s showhouse Sunday features three incredible homes, any of which I would be delighted to call home! First we start off in Quogue, the low key charming village just outside of the fabled Hamptons, then jet over to Washington DC and last visit the lush countryside of the Santa Ynez valley in California….I would be happy as a clam to spend a getaway weekend in any of these lovely abodes! How about you…do you have a favorite?

?First stop is the glorious Hamptons, Quogue to be specific and to this stunning shingled 12,000 sq foot “cottage” designed by Penny Drue Baird. The gorgeous roof lines and subdued exterior are just the beginning, once inside, the spectacular interiors perfect the vision of the ultimate beach house. The main goal in decorating this house was to keep the large space warm, inviting and comfortable for entertaining…looks like they succeeded!

Then we are off to Washington DC where this fabulous Venice inspired villa got the European touches the owners desired, both in and out. Stephen Shadley did not disappoint in his flawless execution of blending the old with the new. The result is nothing less than fabulous…..
Then we hop on over to the lush valley of The Santa Ynez Valley in Santa Barbara, California….no you are not in Tuscany though this magnificent European influenced estate had Tuscany in mind when it was being designed. This spectacular oasis is on 56 acres and is an organic vineyard estate. This home was painstakingly executed down to the most minute detail to recreate a home/vineyard reminiscent of the Provencal countryside. As pretty as a painting…..
Well, that’s it for the Sunday showhouse…would love to know if you have a fave! I don’t know about you but those sweeping vistas of the vineyard above have me yearning to spend a month there, though each of these homes is spectacular. ?Hope whatever you do today, is exactly what you want to do! Happy Sunday….

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Sunday showhouse…..and you’re invited!! Plus house updates

Happy Sunday! My thoughts and prayers continue to be with those in Japan, still surreal what is going on there while things are so normal and routine here. May God light the way of the very dark road they have ahead of them……
 A few house  picture/updates….got the latest batch of limestone and am thrilled with how its coming along….still in the rough stages but thought I would share anyway as it is quite exciting to see the house inch forward to completion! Also got part I of III of the main staircase…so far they have installed the basement to 1st floor part and it came out amazing…pictures first then onto my Sunday post.

1st batch of marble to arrive for son #1’s bathroom
Stairs from basement to first floor
Part of “stair tower”
Limestone work beginning on the rear of the house
Another shot
I love Indiana Limestone…..
This is one of my favorite parts so far! 
Love the cartouche…..
The limestone arches are hard to see with the plastic but they came out even better than we could have imagined!
Another view
Other side of the house (walk out basement side)
Living room sheetrock starts tomorrow
1st floor hallway/gallery
Future library
Dining room ready for sheetrock
***Also I have been asked to guest post on one of my absolute favorite blogs, Party Resources tomorrow…please be sure to visit me there and check out Kate’s amazing blog, always full of entertaining eye candy! (www.partyresources.blogspot.com)***
Well we all know what Sunday is around here…a much coveted (at least for me) day of pure relaxation, a lazy day if I so choose and alas a day to do exactly as I please. Today’s showhouse Sunday features three incredible homes, any of which I would be delighted to call home! First we start off in Quogue, the low key charming village just outside of the fabled Hamptons, then jet over to Washington DC and last visit the lush countryside of the Santa Ynez valley in California….I would be happy as a clam to spend a getaway weekend in any of these lovely abodes! How about you…do you have a favorite?

 First stop is the glorious Hamptons, Quogue to be specific and to this stunning shingled 12,000 sq foot “cottage” designed by Penny Drue Baird. The gorgeous roof lines and subdued exterior are just the beginning, once inside, the spectacular interiors perfect the vision of the ultimate beach house. The main goal in decorating this house was to keep the large space warm, inviting and comfortable for entertaining…looks like they succeeded!

Then we are off to Washington DC where this fabulous Venice inspired villa got the European touches the owners desired, both in and out. Stephen Shadley did not disappoint in his flawless execution of blending the old with the new. The result is nothing less than fabulous…..
Then we hop on over to the lush valley of The Santa Ynez Valley in Santa Barbara, California….no you are not in Tuscany though this magnificent European influenced estate had Tuscany in mind when it was being designed. This spectacular oasis is on 56 acres and is an organic vineyard estate. This home was painstakingly executed down to the most minute detail to recreate a home/vineyard reminiscent of the Provencal countryside. As pretty as a painting…..
Well, that’s it for the Sunday showhouse…would love to know if you have a fave! I don’t know about you but those sweeping vistas of the vineyard above have me yearning to spend a month there, though each of these homes is spectacular.  Hope whatever you do today, is exactly what you want to do! Happy Sunday….

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