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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A few current obsessions…..

Good morning! I am posting this the day the superstorm Sandy is due to hit our area.? We had wicked winds last night howling for hours and rain that came down intermittently. The worst is yet to come, I have a feeling power/cable will be down by the end of the day…so if I am not around the next day or two, you will know why.? Cannot imagine not being able to come onto my computer and will so miss being connected to blogland? so hoping it doesn’t happen!? Thank you to all who have emailed me, you are just too sweet and thoughtful. We have all we need, are well prepared and hopefully this will pass soon. In the meantime here is some seriously gorgeous eye candy for your viewing pleasure. To all my friends and readers who are in Sandy’s path, stay safe and may this soon pass with minimal damage and harm!

UPDATE- Thanks to all of your for your concern and kind emails. We are fine, thank God. But Hurricane Sandy, as I am sure you have seen has done quite a number in the tri state area and has devastated some areas beyond description. What we have suffered pales in comparison to many…..just tons of downed trees, loss of power/internet, but our home is safe and sound and so are we and that is what counts! I am writing you from a hotel computer and have limited access but wanted to pop in to update you and say hello and mostly to say thanks for your kindness. Praying for everyone that did not fare?as well and hoping for a speedy recovery for all those who lost so much.

This particular post is a bit of anomaly just a fun what the heck kind of post. The things I am posting about today are simple things that I just ADORE……actually let’s scratch that and ?make that obsessed with. Seriously gorgeous. They don’t necessarily fit into a particular post so I made one up to fit them! A few things I am madly in love with that I just had to share….

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Wedding and specialty cakes. I just know in my former life (or my next one) I was a famous wedding cake designer to the stars. I am just too taken with them and never ever get tired of looking at them. And lets not even ignore the fact that I love to eat cake too:)? Anyone out there like that too? I fell in love with well, every single cake that Bobette and Belle makes and lets just say its a darn good thing I dont’ live near them or I would be a major calker (translation- cake stalker) Anyone out there in Toronto? If so you are in luck!

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?Feast your eyes and appetite on these……Click here to visit their website.

Pretty crazy beautiful, don’t you think? Have a fave? I don’t know that second one, the carousel, the teapot, the wedding cake with the cherry blossoms pretty much blow my socks off. But then again they all do….am in total awe!
Another serious obsession is this Italian line of appliance, Reestart, they kind of leave some of the other competitors in the dust. I mean these are “serious business, no holds barred, no limits, just go for gold” kind of appliances. Glad I found out about them after I ordered all my appliances, and know my husband is too:) They come in six exquisite colors, the brass detailing alone makes me drool. Just incredible, take a look. Have you ever!!!!!!!






Admittedly I am not a huge fan of the Hiltons (Paris more than had her 15 min. of fame) however hats off to Kathy, the matriarch of the family on her new clothing line. It has a very Marchesa-ish feel but is priced really really well. Some of her prettier pieces…..what do you think?

Well, pretty wouldn’t you say? Have a fave, I am loving the long black lace number, and the soft white gowns they are so ethereal looking. And that last dress is so pretty too. Nice job Kathy! Here’s her website, click here.
Southern Accents? Oh how I miss this magazine, there are no words!! Nothing comes close so I get very excited when I visit my local bookstore and see the Christmas edition! On one hand there are a a lot of recycled photos which generally is somewhat of a no no for magazines however SA redeems itself simply because they are all so breathtakingly beautiful! I highly recommend you get your hands on one, I go over it time and time again lapping up all the scrumptious decorating ideas for the holidays!! Heres a sneak peek….

OK well I can assure you I could easily go on and on, but I will stop here. Just a short and sweet post about some seriously beautiful things. Do I have your attention? What knocks your socks off? Wishing everyone a wonderful day and thanks for stopping in! Again for those of you? in Sandy’s path, heed the cautions……its a serious storm, stay safe and talk to you soon!




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A few current obsessions…..

Good morning! I am posting this the day the superstorm Sandy is due to hit our area.  We had wicked winds last night howling for hours and rain that came down intermittently. The worst is yet to come, I have a feeling power/cable will be down by the end of the day…so if I am not around the next day or two, you will know why.  Cannot imagine not being able to come onto my computer and will so miss being connected to blogland  so hoping it doesn’t happen!  Thank you to all who have emailed me, you are just too sweet and thoughtful. We have all we need, are well prepared and hopefully this will pass soon. In the meantime here is some seriously gorgeous eye candy for your viewing pleasure. To all my friends and readers who are in Sandy’s path, stay safe and may this soon pass with minimal damage and harm!

UPDATE- Thanks to all of your for your concern and kind emails. We are fine, thank God. But Hurricane Sandy, as I am sure you have seen has done quite a number in the tri state area and has devastated some areas beyond description. What we have suffered pales in comparison to many…..just tons of downed trees, loss of power/internet, but our home is safe and sound and so are we and that is what counts! I am writing you from a hotel computer and have limited access but wanted to pop in to update you and say hello and mostly to say thanks for your kindness. Praying for everyone that did not fare as well and hoping for a speedy recovery for all those who lost so much.

This particular post is a bit of anomaly just a fun what the heck kind of post. The things I am posting about today are simple things that I just ADORE……actually let’s scratch that and  make that obsessed with. Seriously gorgeous. They don’t necessarily fit into a particular post so I made one up to fit them! A few things I am madly in love with that I just had to share….
 
 
 
Wedding and specialty cakes. I just know in my former life (or my next one) I was a famous wedding cake designer to the stars. I am just too taken with them and never ever get tired of looking at them. And lets not even ignore the fact that I love to eat cake too:)  Anyone out there like that too? I fell in love with well, every single cake that Bobette and Belle makes and lets just say its a darn good thing I dont’ live near them or I would be a major calker (translation- cake stalker) Anyone out there in Toronto? If so you are in luck!
 
 
 
 Feast your eyes and appetite on these……Click here to visit their website.

Pretty crazy beautiful, don’t you think? Have a fave? I don’t know that second one, the carousel, the teapot, the wedding cake with the cherry blossoms pretty much blow my socks off. But then again they all do….am in total awe!
Another serious obsession is this Italian line of appliance, Reestart, they kind of leave some of the other competitors in the dust. I mean these are “serious business, no holds barred, no limits, just go for gold” kind of appliances. Glad I found out about them after I ordered all my appliances, and know my husband is too:) They come in six exquisite colors, the brass detailing alone makes me drool. Just incredible, take a look. Have you ever!!!!!!!


Admittedly I am not a huge fan of the Hiltons (Paris more than had her 15 min. of fame) however hats off to Kathy, the matriarch of the family on her new clothing line. It has a very Marchesa-ish feel but is priced really really well. Some of her prettier pieces…..what do you think?

Well, pretty wouldn’t you say? Have a fave, I am loving the long black lace number, and the soft white gowns they are so ethereal looking. And that last dress is so pretty too. Nice job Kathy! Here’s her website, click here.
Southern Accents  Oh how I miss this magazine, there are no words!! Nothing comes close so I get very excited when I visit my local bookstore and see the Christmas edition! On one hand there are a a lot of recycled photos which generally is somewhat of a no no for magazines however SA redeems itself simply because they are all so breathtakingly beautiful! I highly recommend you get your hands on one, I go over it time and time again lapping up all the scrumptious decorating ideas for the holidays!! Heres a sneak peek….

OK well I can assure you I could easily go on and on, but I will stop here. Just a short and sweet post about some seriously beautiful things. Do I have your attention? What knocks your socks off? Wishing everyone a wonderful day and thanks for stopping in! Again for those of you  in Sandy’s path, heed the cautions……its a serious storm, stay safe and talk to you soon!

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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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Which would you choose?

Hi there, unfortunately have been sick since Saturday…but the good news is its turned a corner and today’s the first day I am actually feeling slightly better, still tired and achey but much better, so the end is near, hate being sick in the summer!
 Thankfully planned out my posts for this week already. One of these is overdue! Don’t you think? Time for my weekly Which would you choose. So….lets just say you need to grab your magic wand and transplant the perfect breakfast room into your home. You know……one that is  perfect to hang out in on cold rainy mornings, one to get your family together in for lively meals and one that is inviting enough for “girls night” or Scrabble battles on a cold snowy morning. What makes up the perfect breakfast room to you? 16 beautiful choices here and the decision is in your hands. I see two that really appeal to me and look forward to hearing which you choose! So here we go……….

                                                                                        CHOICE 1

House Beautiful
CHOICE 2
Coastal Living
CHOICE 3
Southern Accents
CHOICE 4
Coastal Living
CHOICE 5
CHOICE 6
Southern Accents
CHOICE 7
CHOICE 8
Traditional Home
CHOICE 9
CHOICE 10
Ashely Whittaker
CHOICE 11
Victoria
CHOICE 12
HB
CHOICE 13
My Home Ideas
CHOICE 14
Ralph Lauren
CHOICE 15
Coastal Living
CHOICE 16
Coastal Living
Sigh…breakfast would feel like a royal event in any one of these gorgeous breakfast rooms. Thought I have it narrowed down to two, but now not so sure!! Could I have one for each of my 16 virtual reality homes? 🙂 So tell me, which is your choice? Is there a clear cut favorite? Tell me about it!! What makes up the perfect breakfast room anyway? 
Wishing you a wonderful day!

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Which would you choose?

Hi there, unfortunately have been sick since Saturday…but the good news is its turned a corner and today’s the first day I am actually feeling slightly better, still tired and achey but much better, so the end is near, hate being sick in the summer!
?Thankfully planned out my posts for this week already. One of these is overdue! Don’t you think? Time for my weekly Which would you choose. So….lets just say you need to grab your magic wand and transplant the perfect breakfast room into your home. You know……one that is ?perfect to hang out in on cold rainy mornings, one to get your family together in for lively meals and one that is inviting enough for “girls night” or Scrabble battles on a cold snowy morning. What makes up the perfect breakfast room to you? 16 beautiful choices here and the decision is in your hands. I see two that really appeal to me and look forward to hearing which you choose! So here we go……….

? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? CHOICE 1

House Beautiful
CHOICE 2
Coastal Living
CHOICE 3
Southern Accents
CHOICE 4
Coastal Living
CHOICE 5
CHOICE 6
Southern Accents
CHOICE 7
CHOICE 8
Traditional Home
CHOICE 9
CHOICE 10
Ashely Whittaker
CHOICE 11
Victoria
CHOICE 12
HB
CHOICE 13
My Home Ideas
CHOICE 14
Ralph Lauren
CHOICE 15
Coastal Living
CHOICE 16
Coastal Living
Sigh…breakfast would feel like a royal event in any one of these gorgeous breakfast rooms. Thought I have it narrowed down to two, but now not so sure!! Could I have one for each of my 16 virtual reality homes? 🙂 So tell me, which is your choice? Is there a clear cut favorite? Tell me about it!! What makes up the perfect breakfast room anyway??
Wishing you a wonderful day!

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Tantilizing table settings…….and a winner!

First things first….I am happy to announce the winner of the gorgeous watch so generously donated by elegant Marsha or Splenderosa. If you haven’t visited her increidble boutique, click here, its a must see!The lucky winner was selected via randompicker.org. Congratulations goes to…..
Prize ID Winner ID Public Info Private Info Random Sorting ID Weight
1: watch 1761944 sam carolina kitchen 10059617 1
And Marsha so generously decided on a second giveaway for the cuff featured in picture 17! That lucky winner is….
Prize ID Winner ID Public Info Private Info Random Sorting ID Weight
2: cuff 1761976 design chic 101425 1

? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? Please contact me and congratulations to you both!?

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If you have been reading my blog for any length of time, by now you know I am obsessed with all things blue and white, letterpress and monogrammed anything, beautiful silver and linens make my knees buckle as do magnificently decorated wedding cakes and last, but not least I am a sucker for a beautiful table. I could just stare at them all day long. Forget whats being served, just show me a beautiful table! Flowers are an absolute must have, monogrammed linens take a table setting to new heights, gleaming silver…..now my hearts racing. All ingredients for one magnificent table…and there’s no such thing as “too much”!
?In light of the fact that the summer and spring entertaining ?season is upon us, I would venture to say that some of us at some point be attending a party, wedding or fete of some sort? ?So here’s inspiration that I think might just knock your socks off. This makes me want to throw a party but I am so so far from being ready. It does motivate me to quickly get this house in gear so hopefully by 2013 I am ready for some kind of shindig! How about you? Do they have that effect on you too?
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This is just downright breathtaking….I wouldn’t eat I would just sit and stare! Carolyn Roehm working her magic
Carolyn works her magic yet again….jaw dropping gorgeous!
This is as elegant as any buffet table could ever look…..River Farm
Leave it up to Martha Stewart to make a vege centerpiece look glamorous!
The elegant monogrammed napkins, sterling, crystal and fabulous flowers make the perfect table, Carolyn Roehm
The colors here with the rich use of gold as an accent is so elegant, Mark Rose Flowers and Events
Love the idea of creating a Tuscan themed table with lots of lemons, lavender and some statuary, Alchemy Events
This is just beyond beautiful….perfection!!
Carolyn at it again, this all white theme set off by the gold is spellbinding!
Love the vintage vibe of this exquisite table setting, Gumps
Really like the fresh crisp feel here, the pop of yellow adds so much. Homemag
Something about all white at night is just magical! A little of this
Adore this look for a spring or Easter luncheon, and its so easy!
Yes this has been used a thousand times but how can I not include it! Lisa Luby Ryan
Fabulous colors, love bamboo anything the pinks and greens…perfect for a summer affair! SA
The use of texture all in one color here is spectacular, Preston Bailey
This is pretty peachy! Love the fresh spring vibe! Martha Stewart
This just makes me happy. Sunflowers, glistening silver, white linens…perfection!
I so want to copy this. How magnificent, you could be serving juice boxes at this bar and it would still be amazing!
Look at how vibrant this table rich with color and texture is, ala Preston Bailey
I think the simplicity of a weathered wood table and all the crisp white is stunning, Williams Sonoma
Gingham and daisies never looked so beautiful! Fotobank
This is so beautiful and eye catching. The focus is on the lime green but they used pops of pink for the contrast….fabulous! Martha Stewart
Wow……makes me want to have a party!! How do you like to set a table? Do you have a favorite theme or color scheme? Would love to hear all about it! IF you were planning a party, how would you like to decorate for it? Wishing you a wonderful day.

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Tantilizing table settings…….and a winner!

First things first….I am happy to announce the winner of the gorgeous watch so generously donated by elegant Marsha or Splenderosa. If you haven’t visited her increidble boutique, click here, its a must see!The lucky winner was selected via randompicker.org. Congratulations goes to…..
Prize ID Winner ID Public Info Private Info Random Sorting ID Weight
1: watch 1761944 sam carolina kitchen 10059617 1

And Marsha so generously decided on a second giveaway for the cuff featured in picture 17! That lucky winner is….
Prize ID Winner ID Public Info Private Info Random Sorting ID Weight
2: cuff 1761976 design chic 101425 1

? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? Please contact me and congratulations to you both!?


If you have been reading my blog for any length of time, by now you know I am obsessed with all things blue and white, letterpress and monogrammed anything, beautiful silver and linens make my knees buckle as do magnificently decorated wedding cakes and last, but not least I am a sucker for a beautiful table. I could just stare at them all day long. Forget whats being served, just show me a beautiful table! Flowers are an absolute must have, monogrammed linens take a table setting to new heights, gleaming silver…..now my hearts racing. All ingredients for one magnificent table…and there’s no such thing as “too much”!
?In light of the fact that the summer and spring entertaining ?season is upon us, I would venture to say that some of us at some point be attending a party, wedding or fete of some sort? ?So here’s inspiration that I think might just knock your socks off. This makes me want to throw a party but I am so so far from being ready. It does motivate me to quickly get this house in gear so hopefully by 2013 I am ready for some kind of shindig! How about you? Do they have that effect on you too?
??
This is just downright breathtaking….I wouldn’t eat I would just sit and stare! Carolyn Roehm working her magic

Carolyn works her magic yet again….jaw dropping gorgeous!

This is as elegant as any buffet table could ever look…..River Farm
Leave it up to Martha Stewart to make a vege centerpiece look glamorous!
The elegant monogrammed napkins, sterling, crystal and fabulous flowers make the perfect table, Carolyn Roehm
The colors here with the rich use of gold as an accent is so elegant, Preston Bailey
Love the idea of creating a Tuscan themed table with lots of lemons, lavender and some statuary, Alchemy Events
This is just beyond beautiful….perfection!!
Carolyn at it again, this all white theme set off by the gold is spellbinding!
Love the vintage vibe of this exquisite table setting, Gumps
Really like the fresh crisp feel here, the pop of yellow adds so much. Homemag
Something about all white at night is just magical! A little of this
Adore this look for a spring or Easter luncheon, and its so easy!
Yes this has been used a thousand times but how can I not include it! Lisa Luby Ryan
Fabulous colors, love bamboo anything the pinks and greens…perfect for a summer affair! SA
The use of texture all in one color here is spectacular, Preston Bailey
This is pretty peachy! Love the fresh spring vibe! Martha Stewart
This just makes me happy. Sunflowers, glistening silver, white linens…perfection!
I so want to copy this. How magnificent, you could be serving juice boxes at this bar and it would still be amazing!
Look at how vibrant this table rich with color and texture is, ala Preston Bailey
I think the simplicity of a weathered wood table and all the crisp white is stunning, Williams Sonoma
Gingham and daisies never looked so beautiful! Fotobank
This is so beautiful and eye catching. The focus is on the lime green but they used pops of pink for the contrast….fabulous! Martha Stewart
Wow……makes me want to have a party!! How do you like to set a table? Do you have a favorite theme or color scheme? Would love to hear all about it! IF you were planning a party, how would you like to decorate for it? Wishing you a wonderful day.

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