End of the week musings….

Boy this week flew! Hard to believe its the weekend, we have a busy one ahead, having friends over for drinks tonight, a dinner tomorrow night and a graduation party on Sunday and in between a two day lacrosse tournament and a heck of a lot of driving back and forth. Better get my coffee maker cranked up and ready to do battle.? No rest for the weary….our summer has been full of parties, more than usual,? we had 5 within 4 weeks…kind of glad that “string of events” is over for now, I am looking forward to a slower pace (call me an old lady but I love a chunk of time with nothing on the agenda).? We are planning on going away for a few days for a? little rest and relaxation and I am looking forward.

Part of the fun of summer to me, is not having to adhere to any kind of schedule and just “winging it”. I see lobster rolls, coastal shorelines and lazy afternoons in my future:)
When we near July 4th, that is when I realize just how fast summer is flying! I saw my first “back to school” item in a pharmacy the other day and nearly fainted. No no and no. We need to stop and savor summer for a bit before we can digest anything having to do with fall and back to school!

Finally so happy you enjoyed my recap on The charm of Charlottesville, oh yes…I will be back and will be including several other southern cities in the next tour!? Click here if you missed it.

Ironically this was originally going to be one of my shorter random musings post…but as I always do I start it in the beginning of the week then add on as I am inspired to do so….and it ended up being a long one afterall (surprise surprise). So take a seat and an extra five or ten minutes……..let’s get started!

My house projects. Yea, yea, yea…I know I say it all the time how I am getting back, really I am this time! Two rooms, actually three I really really want to complete are my dining room, living room and bedroom. Actually make it four, we finally finished the tiny powder rooms floor off of the library and I am finalizing the wallpaper for that room to be done once and for all with it! My bedroom is held up because of wall to wall carpet, I will not budge and nothing is happening until the carpet is there. Period. The dining room..finally our chairs are almost here, another two weeks! Once they come then I think I will feel motivated to work on window treatments and go back to the chinoiserie drawing board and the room will be complete. Seems doable. Living room…..we are all over the place, so I think I will stop now with the bedroom and dining room. Here are some of the latest samples for my bedroom (I have not swayed) and living room pillow ideas…….

Funny my master bedroom ideas have not changed one iota since we moved here over a year ago! Here is a mood board I had created, still loving it…..

And these handpainted tole lamps just have to be incorporated somehow…….

Some of the pretty fabrics up for consideration…….

I cannot wait to use my gorgeous monogrammed bedding…and look at these scrumptious trims!

?And for small powder room,? still love this wallpaper, so that is what I have decided on!

?And up to my ears in trims for pillows for living room

A gorgeous tablescape. By now you know this totally “floats my boat”. Almost makes me want to have another party. Almost 🙂 But boy is this pretty……

Carolyne Roehm working her magic…again!

White jeans. Thought this post on white jeans and the psychology behind it was right on the mark and so interesting, I have always thought white pants or white clothing for that matter to be so chic…

Click here to read the article on Tory Burch’s blog……

Pretty crudite idea. Went to an event at the Safavieh store last night and loved this crudite idea. It was in a wicker “trunk”….so cute and fun! Reminds me to stay creative when thinking of ways to display even something as mundane as a crudite platter!


Best flank steak. You know I like to share recipes when I love something. Have been making this flank recipe forever but its soooo good, easy and worth sharing. If you like to BBQ and have flank steak lovers in your household. This is a must try. The key is marinating for at least 8 hours preferably overnight and the ginger is a big part of the tenderizing process.

Here it is “doing its thing”…..

Ingredients-

1 flank steak
1 ziplock bag
about 1/2 cup soy sauce
1 bunch scallions
about 4 Tbsp sesame seeds (toasted)
1 heaping Tbsp sugar
about 1/4 cup oil
about 1 Tbsp grated fresh ginger (if you don’t have ginger spice is OK but fresh is preferred)

Simply place all ingredients in bag, shake well. Then season your steak with sea salt and pepper generously. Put in bag, seal well and “massage’ it so the marinade has covered the entire steak. Lay flat in your fridge, and turn over at some point mid way. That’s it! When you are ready to grill, remove and throw on hot grill. It is DELISH! The ginger helps to soften/marinate the meat and its absolutely wonderful!?

Flower power. Went to my local Italian specialty shop and they had the most spectacular hydrangeas in bloom! Looks like a late summer show of flowers to me…..(snapped these with my iPhone)

And my own white flowers are really lasting and standing the test of time….love white on green!

A favorite jewelry line. Are you familiar with Jose and Maria Barerra? Their line is sold at Neiman Marcus and other sites..and their things are exquisite. I splurged on a gorgeous turquoise necklace (first one) and have been hooked on their line ever since. Total statement pieces…va va voom kind of pieces! I wore the turquoise necklace with a gorgeous red chiffon gown to a wedding held at a yacht club two years ago and have to say I looooooved my outfi, it ranks right up there as one of my all time faves. Turquoise and red together…oh yes! Here’s a sampling of the beautiful pieces they create…..

?Pretty amazing huh? Granted you aren’t wearing this bling to the market or a school meeting but for a special occasion or night out..these pieces are soooo gorgeous. Love their style…Jose and Maria, if you are reading this, and need someone to “test out” your pieces…I am willing able and will do it for free:)

My outdoor pillows. Several of you asked about the pattern. I am going to do a post on my pillows and the selection process. But for the record the gorgeous fabric is Chiang Mai by Schumacher…its a stunning pattern!

And here they are, this is still being “tweaked” but I am officially in love with these pillows!!

Dough bowls! A new batch of dough bowls after a long dry spell. I am getting in some rounds (about 18″ round) a hard to get size, and a handful of 20-24″ and then one really big one, about 34″. As usual if you have been waiting on one, just email me, they go really fast and are exceptionally beautiful! Due here next week….woo hoo.

A great new movie…The Wolf of Wall Street.? I am itching for a great movie..haven’t seen one in ages. Come on Hollywood…you are slacking! So The Wolf of Wall Street is coming out soon and this is particularly fun for me because both of the main houses in the movie incidentally belong to two of my friends! I got to see the filming at one of them but was sworn to secrecy at the time. It was so exciting to “be on set” and see Leo who was totally in character and adorable cute little Martin Scorsese. It was quite a production and the movie looks like its going be one heck of an? entertaining story……..then you factor in? that its based on a true story and it really makes it one to watch! Here is the trailer…….

White love. Remember my post on my love of all things white? Well take a look at this stunning dinner table that a reader sent me. How beautiful!! Thank you Nancy for sharing……

A new favorite nail polish. I am obsessed with this color, Go Ginza by good ol Essie. Its on my toes and fingernails (and I don’t usually wear polish on my fingers because its such maintenance)! But I am seriously in love with this gorgeous Essie color..its so perfect for summer. It is the perfect blend of a pale lilac, light pink and white…….hello Ginza:)

A great new book! Calling all readers! I need a great book pronto. I am talking one I just cannot put down. I am itching to read a great book. Last two I read was The Burgess boys and Rules of Civility, both I loved. Please leave your suggestions in the comment box!!

Bill Gates for President. It is likely that most if not all of you have seen this circulated but boy is it ever true. And so good that it warrants getting passed around some more…Bill Gates, I would vote for you for President in a heartbeat!! Common sense goes a long long way:) It really is worth reading the entire way through…..

~ Bill Gates ~
This should be posted in every school or kid’s bedroom.
Love him or hate him, he sure hits the nail on the head with this.!!!

?
Bill Gates recently gave a speech at a High School about
eleven (11) things they did not and will not learn in school.
He talks about how feel-good, politically correct teachings
created a generation of kids with no concept of reality and
how this concept set them up for failure in the real world.






Rule 1 : Life is not fair – get used to it!
Rule 2 : The world doesn’t care about your self-esteem.
The world will expect you to accomplish something
BEFORE you feel good about yourself.
Rule 3 : You will NOT make $60,000 a year right out of high school.
You won’t be a vice-president with a car phone until you earn both.
Rule 4 : If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss
Rule 5 : Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity.
Your Grandparents had a different word for burger flipping:
They called it opportunity.
Rule 6 : If you mess up, it’s not your parents’ fault,
so don’t whine about your mistakes, learn from them.
Rule 7 : Before you were born, your parents weren’t as boring
as they are now. They got that way from paying your bills,
cleaning your clothes and listening to you
talk about how cool you thought you were:
So before you save the rain forest
from the parasites of your parent’s generation,
try delousing the closet in your own room..
Rule 8 : Your school may have done away with winners and losers,
but life HAS NOT. In some schools, they have abolished failing grades
and they’ll give you as MANY TIMES as you want to get the right answer.
*This doesn’t bear the slightest resemblance to ANYTHING in real life.
Rule 9 : Life is not divided into semesters.
You don’t get summers off and very few employers
are interested in helping you FIND YOURSELF.
*Do that on your own time.
Rule 10 : Television is NOT real life.
In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.
Rule 11 : Be nice to nerds.
Chances are you’ll end up working for one..

Shop news. Some exciting new additions this week. Finally scored the gorgeous line of hand etched hurricanes. They are exquisite and the perfect crowning touch to any vignette, whether it be a console, coffee table or dining table. Just gorgeous! They are now officially on my online shop, click here to see them. Limited quantities of each style. (scroll to bottom of page on new additions)

And these beautiful new porcelain pieces and my top two selling ginger jars are officially back in stock!

Last these stunning new trays are back and getting put up in the online shop. Super heavy, magnificent heirloom quality NO POLISH REQUIRED trays! That in itself is worth its weight in gold!! Comes in silver and ant. brass….truly exquisite and possibly my favorite tray ever! Email me if you are interested, otherwise they will be up under silver in the next day or two. Measures 23 x 19.5 x 2.5.

And equally gorgeous in antique brass..


Calling all Enchanted customers!!!! I love getting pictures from you of your homes with my products! Please send me your pictures…take it with your phone and send it over. Such fun for all of us to see your stunning homes and how you are using the products purchased from my shop…email me here. Pretty please????

Well that wraps things up over here. Thank you so? much for stopping in, I love to hear what you are up to, whats new in your world and if there is anything you have discovered, that you love, are enjoying, cooking or reading!! Do tell……hope you have a fabulous Friday and wonderful weekend. Crazy that it’s July 4th next week, isn”t it? This summer is flying by…take time to watch the fireflies, smell the ocean and breath in that unmistakable summer air….I know I am:)

Two days left for the giveaway!! Click here to enter over at Art by Karena!

End of the week musings….

Boy this week flew! Hard to believe its the weekend, we have a busy one ahead, having friends over for drinks tonight, a dinner tomorrow night and a graduation party on Sunday and in between a two day lacrosse tournament and a heck of a lot of driving back and forth. Better get my coffee maker cranked up and ready to do battle.  No rest for the weary….our summer has been full of parties, more than usual,  we had 5 within 4 weeks…kind of glad that “string of events” is over for now, I am looking forward to a slower pace (call me an old lady but I love a chunk of time with nothing on the agenda).  We are planning on going away for a few days for a  little rest and relaxation and I am looking forward.

Part of the fun of summer to me, is not having to adhere to any kind of schedule and just “winging it”. I see lobster rolls, coastal shorelines and lazy afternoons in my future:)
When we near July 4th, that is when I realize just how fast summer is flying! I saw my first “back to school” item in a pharmacy the other day and nearly fainted. No no and no. We need to stop and savor summer for a bit before we can digest anything having to do with fall and back to school!

Finally so happy you enjoyed my recap on The charm of Charlottesville, oh yes…I will be back and will be including several other southern cities in the next tour!  Click here if you missed it.

Ironically this was originally going to be one of my shorter random musings post…but as I always do I start it in the beginning of the week then add on as I am inspired to do so….and it ended up being a long one afterall (surprise surprise). So take a seat and an extra five or ten minutes……..let’s get started!

My house projects. Yea, yea, yea…I know I say it all the time how I am getting back, really I am this time! Two rooms, actually three I really really want to complete are my dining room, living room and bedroom. Actually make it four, we finally finished the tiny powder rooms floor off of the library and I am finalizing the wallpaper for that room to be done once and for all with it! My bedroom is held up because of wall to wall carpet, I will not budge and nothing is happening until the carpet is there. Period. The dining room..finally our chairs are almost here, another two weeks! Once they come then I think I will feel motivated to work on window treatments and go back to the chinoiserie drawing board and the room will be complete. Seems doable. Living room…..we are all over the place, so I think I will stop now with the bedroom and dining room. Here are some of the latest samples for my bedroom (I have not swayed) and living room pillow ideas…….

Funny my master bedroom ideas have not changed one iota since we moved here over a year ago! Here is a mood board I had created, still loving it…..

And these handpainted tole lamps just have to be incorporated somehow…….

Some of the pretty fabrics up for consideration…….

I cannot wait to use my gorgeous monogrammed bedding…and look at these scrumptious trims!

 And for small powder room,  still love this wallpaper, so that is what I have decided on!

 And up to my ears in trims for pillows for living room

A gorgeous tablescape. By now you know this totally “floats my boat”. Almost makes me want to have another party. Almost 🙂 But boy is this pretty……

Carolyne Roehm working her magic…again!

White jeans. Thought this post on white jeans and the psychology behind it was right on the mark and so interesting, I have always thought white pants or white clothing for that matter to be so chic…

Click here to read the article on Tory Burch’s blog……

Pretty crudite idea. Went to an event at the Safavieh store last night and loved this crudite idea. It was in a wicker “trunk”….so cute and fun! Reminds me to stay creative when thinking of ways to display even something as mundane as a crudite platter!


Best flank steak. You know I like to share recipes when I love something. Have been making this flank recipe forever but its soooo good, easy and worth sharing. If you like to BBQ and have flank steak lovers in your household. This is a must try. The key is marinating for at least 8 hours preferably overnight and the ginger is a big part of the tenderizing process.

Here it is “doing its thing”…..

Ingredients-

1 flank steak
1 ziplock bag
about 1/2 cup soy sauce
1 bunch scallions
about 4 Tbsp sesame seeds (toasted)
1 heaping Tbsp sugar
about 1/4 cup oil
about 1 Tbsp grated fresh ginger (if you don’t have ginger spice is OK but fresh is preferred)

Simply place all ingredients in bag, shake well. Then season your steak with sea salt and pepper generously. Put in bag, seal well and “massage’ it so the marinade has covered the entire steak. Lay flat in your fridge, and turn over at some point mid way. That’s it! When you are ready to grill, remove and throw on hot grill. It is DELISH! The ginger helps to soften/marinate the meat and its absolutely wonderful! 

Flower power. Went to my local Italian specialty shop and they had the most spectacular hydrangeas in bloom! Looks like a late summer show of flowers to me…..(snapped these with my iPhone)

And my own white flowers are really lasting and standing the test of time….love white on green!

A favorite jewelry line. Are you familiar with Jose and Maria Barerra? Their line is sold at Neiman Marcus and other sites..and their things are exquisite. I splurged on a gorgeous turquoise necklace (first one) and have been hooked on their line ever since. Total statement pieces…va va voom kind of pieces! I wore the turquoise necklace with a gorgeous red chiffon gown to a wedding held at a yacht club two years ago and have to say I looooooved my outfi, it ranks right up there as one of my all time faves. Turquoise and red together…oh yes! Here’s a sampling of the beautiful pieces they create…..

 Pretty amazing huh? Granted you aren’t wearing this bling to the market or a school meeting but for a special occasion or night out..these pieces are soooo gorgeous. Love their style…Jose and Maria, if you are reading this, and need someone to “test out” your pieces…I am willing able and will do it for free:)

My outdoor pillows. Several of you asked about the pattern. I am going to do a post on my pillows and the selection process. But for the record the gorgeous fabric is Chiang Mai by Schumacher…its a stunning pattern!

And here they are, this is still being “tweaked” but I am officially in love with these pillows!!

Dough bowls! A new batch of dough bowls after a long dry spell. I am getting in some rounds (about 18″ round) a hard to get size, and a handful of 20-24″ and then one really big one, about 34″. As usual if you have been waiting on one, just email me, they go really fast and are exceptionally beautiful! Due here next week….woo hoo.

A great new movie…The Wolf of Wall Street.  I am itching for a great movie..haven’t seen one in ages. Come on Hollywood…you are slacking! So The Wolf of Wall Street is coming out soon and this is particularly fun for me because both of the main houses in the movie incidentally belong to two of my friends! I got to see the filming at one of them but was sworn to secrecy at the time. It was so exciting to “be on set” and see Leo who was totally in character and adorable cute little Martin Scorsese. It was quite a production and the movie looks like its going be one heck of an  entertaining story……..then you factor in  that its based on a true story and it really makes it one to watch! Here is the trailer…….

White love. Remember my post on my love of all things white? Well take a look at this stunning dinner table that a reader sent me. How beautiful!! Thank you Nancy for sharing……

A new favorite nail polish. I am obsessed with this color, Go Ginza by good ol Essie. Its on my toes and fingernails (and I don’t usually wear polish on my fingers because its such maintenance)! But I am seriously in love with this gorgeous Essie color..its so perfect for summer. It is the perfect blend of a pale lilac, light pink and white…….hello Ginza:)

A great new book! Calling all readers! I need a great book pronto. I am talking one I just cannot put down. I am itching to read a great book. Last two I read was The Burgess boys and Rules of Civility, both I loved. Please leave your suggestions in the comment box!!

Bill Gates for President. It is likely that most if not all of you have seen this circulated but boy is it ever true. And so good that it warrants getting passed around some more…Bill Gates, I would vote for you for President in a heartbeat!! Common sense goes a long long way:) It really is worth reading the entire way through…..

~ Bill Gates ~
This should be posted in every school or kid’s bedroom.
Love him or hate him, he sure hits the nail on the head with this.!!!

 
Bill Gates recently gave a speech at a High School about
eleven (11) things they did not and will not learn in school.
He talks about how feel-good, politically correct teachings
created a generation of kids with no concept of reality and
how this concept set them up for failure in the real world.






Rule 1 : Life is not fair – get used to it!
Rule 2 : The world doesn’t care about your self-esteem.
The world will expect you to accomplish something
BEFORE you feel good about yourself.
Rule 3 : You will NOT make $60,000 a year right out of high school.
You won’t be a vice-president with a car phone until you earn both.
Rule 4 : If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss
Rule 5 : Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity.
Your Grandparents had a different word for burger flipping:
They called it opportunity.
Rule 6 : If you mess up, it’s not your parents’ fault,
so don’t whine about your mistakes, learn from them.
Rule 7 : Before you were born, your parents weren’t as boring
as they are now. They got that way from paying your bills,
cleaning your clothes and listening to you
talk about how cool you thought you were:
So before you save the rain forest
from the parasites of your parent’s generation,
try delousing the closet in your own room..
Rule 8 : Your school may have done away with winners and losers,
but life HAS NOT. In some schools, they have abolished failing grades
and they’ll give you as MANY TIMES as you want to get the right answer.
*This doesn’t bear the slightest resemblance to ANYTHING in real life.
Rule 9 : Life is not divided into semesters.
You don’t get summers off and very few employers
are interested in helping you FIND YOURSELF.
*Do that on your own time.
Rule 10 : Television is NOT real life.
In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.
Rule 11 : Be nice to nerds.
Chances are you’ll end up working for one..

Shop news. Some exciting new additions this week. Finally scored the gorgeous line of hand etched hurricanes. They are exquisite and the perfect crowning touch to any vignette, whether it be a console, coffee table or dining table. Just gorgeous! They are now officially on my online shop, click here to see them. Limited quantities of each style. (scroll to bottom of page on new additions)

And these beautiful new porcelain pieces and my top two selling ginger jars are officially back in stock!

Last these stunning new trays are back and getting put up in the online shop. Super heavy, magnificent heirloom quality NO POLISH REQUIRED trays! That in itself is worth its weight in gold!! Comes in silver and ant. brass….truly exquisite and possibly my favorite tray ever! Email me if you are interested, otherwise they will be up under silver in the next day or two. Measures 23 x 19.5 x 2.5.

And equally gorgeous in antique brass..


Calling all Enchanted customers!!!! I love getting pictures from you of your homes with my products! Please send me your pictures…take it with your phone and send it over. Such fun for all of us to see your stunning homes and how you are using the products purchased from my shop…email me here. Pretty please????

Well that wraps things up over here. Thank you so  much for stopping in, I love to hear what you are up to, whats new in your world and if there is anything you have discovered, that you love, are enjoying, cooking or reading!! Do tell……hope you have a fabulous Friday and wonderful weekend. Crazy that it’s July 4th next week, isn”t it? This summer is flying by…take time to watch the fireflies, smell the ocean and breath in that unmistakable summer air….I know I am:)

Two days left for the giveaway!! Click here to enter over at Art by Karena!

Party central part I

Hi there…well as I had spoken about I had two parties here this week and phew am I wiped! I have decided to break this into two parts because I took a lot of pictures and frankly it would be too much for one post (even by my standards)!  Before we get busy..I want to announce the lucky winner of Soiree, Danielle Rollins new book aka bible on entertaining, congratulations goes to……

Result: 57 

Every picture had me oohing and aahing! I just love gazing at all of these settings. They really sent my imagination into overdrive. I have immensely enjoyed your posts and this one was like the cherry on top of the whipped cream, on top so much yumminess! Goodness Gracious…
And thanks for another chance to win a book on my favorite subject! Entertaining!
Please email me with your shipping information so this can get on it’s way to you!

By the time you read this I will be off on a little trip for just 3 days but a much needed break:) I enjoyed all the prep (as I always do) getting ready for these little shindigs but as I put a lot of effort into the details….I must say two in one week is a lot. The first get together was a luncheon for one of my best friends for 14 girls. The weather was not cooperative so we had drinks and appetizers on the loggia which I must say was so cozy and fun…then we moved indoors for lunch.

Every time I entertain I always try to add a new dish, I love experimenting and you never know unless you try, right? I kept the menu light which is appropriate for summer. A few light appetizers,  three different salads and Mediterranean pitas…..light, guilt free but no skimping no taste!  Then it was topped off with a sinfully good Weight Watchers Carrot cake, no you are not reading this wrong…it’s Weight Watchers!! So a guilt free meal that tastes good? My kind of menu! Hope you enjoy this recap.

Here is a recap from before, during and after…………

My pretty glasses in their wicker holders awaiting the peach sangria….love these for summer!
Prepping for the Greek baby spinach salad…yum!
Dip for tex mex salad and peach sangria marinating…

The birthday girls’ gift….all wrapped and ready to wow her!

We gave this beautiful orchid as part of her gift…she loves orchids and this planter from my online shop

The yummy peach sangria..heavenly good, light and perfect for a summer luncheon (or dinner) I make a double portion in a big plastic bowl and then transfer to either a punch bowl or pretty pitchers

My Chinese chicken salad is a staple in my house……
This really really good spinach/basil Greek salad…..excellent!

Of course, flowers and blue and whites are always part of the deal for anything I do!

 One set of the pillows!! Love them, will be doing a separate post on my two sets of pillows……added the hurricanes and the garden seat and I just love the way it came out……

 Even though it was raining it was so cozy to sit here while we heard the rain falling……

 Dining room table ready to serve as a buffet table…buffets are so much easier!
Meanwhile…more prep going on inside the kitchen:)
 More salads at the ready…..
My Tex Mex salad getting all the fixings……..

 Yum! Crostinis with brushetta and shredded fresh parmigiano…my fave! Served on my Vagabond gorgeous cheese/carving board

 The table getting set up..I even wrote out what each item was and put them in small silver frames.

 Beautiful flowers always make a table…..well that and good food:)

 The mini Mediterranean pitas…filled with olive tapenade, hummus and feta cheese

 I had a big bowl filled with wine and Pellegrino…………..

 And of course carried over my blue and white theme to the napkins and plates…….

 My friend always make this delicious Weight Watchers carrot cake for dessert, heavenly and sinfully good is understating it, it is so hard to believe its Weight Watchers!!Thankfully there was a bit left for leftovers..ice cold carrot cake and a big glass of milk the next morning is awfully hard to beat:)

So that’s my recap of the birthday lunch. When its a labor of love for someone you  care about…it doesn’t feel like work at all. I always get a lot of requests for recipes (totally flattered) if you click on keywords recipes, you will see all posts that featured them, only recipe not on there is the Greek salad which is new to my repertoire but I will be sure to include it in my next random musings post…promise! I enjoyed putting it together and tapping into my inner Martha Stewart and Carolyne Roehm! 
Hope you enjoyed the recap…thanks as always for stopping in, stay tuned for party central part 2- I think you are going to loooove it, it’s one party I really have to say where my vision came alive and even surpassed my own expectations and that was a total thrill! Here is a sneak peek-

Until Thursday, hope you have a wonderful next few days…..will be back soon! Thanks for stopping in, am always happy that you do:)

Party central part I

Hi there…well as I had spoken about I had two parties here this week and phew am I wiped! I have decided to break this into two parts because I took a lot of pictures and frankly it would be too much for one post (even by my standards)!? Before we get busy..I want to announce the lucky winner of Soiree, Danielle Rollins new book aka bible on entertaining, congratulations goes to……

Result: 57?

Every picture had me oohing and aahing! I just love gazing at all of these settings. They really sent my imagination into overdrive. I have immensely enjoyed your posts and this one was like the cherry on top of the whipped cream, on top so much yumminess! Goodness Gracious…
And thanks for another chance to win a book on my favorite subject! Entertaining!
Please email me with your shipping information so this can get on it’s way to you!

By the time you read this I will be off on a little trip for just 3 days but a much needed break:) I enjoyed all the prep (as I always do) getting ready for these little shindigs but as I put a lot of effort into the details….I must say two in one week is a lot. The first get together was a luncheon for one of my best friends for 14 girls. The weather was not cooperative so we had drinks and appetizers on the loggia which I must say was so cozy and fun…then we moved indoors for lunch.

Every time I entertain I always try to add a new dish, I love experimenting and you never know unless you try, right? I kept the menu light which is appropriate for summer. A few light appetizers,? three different salads and Mediterranean pitas…..light, guilt free but no skimping no taste!? Then it was topped off with a sinfully good Weight Watchers Carrot cake, no you are not reading this wrong…it’s Weight Watchers!! So a guilt free meal that tastes good? My kind of menu! Hope you enjoy this recap.

Here is a recap from before, during and after…………

My pretty glasses in their wicker holders awaiting the peach sangria….love these for summer!
Prepping for the Greek baby spinach salad…yum!
Dip for tex mex salad and peach sangria marinating…

The birthday girls’ gift….all wrapped and ready to wow her!

We gave this beautiful orchid as part of her gift…she loves orchids and this planter from my online shop

The yummy peach sangria..heavenly good, light and perfect for a summer luncheon (or dinner) I make a double portion in a big plastic bowl and then transfer to either a punch bowl or pretty pitchers

My Chinese chicken salad is a staple in my house……
This really really good spinach/basil Greek salad…..excellent!

Of course, flowers and blue and whites are always part of the deal for anything I do!

?One set of the pillows!! Love them, will be doing a separate post on my two sets of pillows……added the hurricanes and the garden seat and I just love the way it came out……

?Even though it was raining it was so cozy to sit here while we heard the rain falling……

?Dining room table ready to serve as a buffet table…buffets are so much easier!
Meanwhile…more prep going on inside the kitchen:)
?More salads at the ready…..
My Tex Mex salad getting all the fixings……..

?Yum! Crostinis with brushetta and shredded fresh parmigiano…my fave! Served on my Vagabond gorgeous cheese/carving board

?The table getting set up..I even wrote out what each item was and put them in small silver frames.

?Beautiful flowers always make a table…..well that and good food:)

?The mini Mediterranean pitas…filled with olive tapenade, hummus and feta cheese

?I had a big bowl filled with wine and Pellegrino…………..

?And of course carried over my blue and white theme to the napkins and plates…….

?My friend always make this delicious Weight Watchers carrot cake for dessert, heavenly and sinfully good is understating it, it is so hard to believe its Weight Watchers!!Thankfully there was a bit left for leftovers..ice cold carrot cake and a big glass of milk the next morning is awfully hard to beat:)

So that’s my recap of the birthday lunch. When its a labor of love for someone you? care about…it doesn’t feel like work at all. I always get a lot of requests for recipes (totally flattered) if you click on keywords recipes, you will see all posts that featured them, only recipe not on there is the Greek salad which is new to my repertoire but I will be sure to include it in my next random musings post…promise! I enjoyed putting it together and tapping into my inner Martha Stewart and Carolyne Roehm!?
Hope you enjoyed the recap…thanks as always for stopping in, stay tuned for party central part 2- I think you are going to loooove it, it’s one party I really have to say where my vision came alive and even surpassed my own expectations and that was a total thrill! Here is a sneak peek-

Until Thursday, hope you have a wonderful next few days…..will be back soon! Thanks for stopping in, am always happy that you do:)

Summer entertaining, party ideas and a fabulous entertaining giveaway!!

Hello there dear readers. First order of business is to announce the lucky winner of the beautiful new Betty Lou Phillips book, congratulations goes to……


Happy Saturday Tina,
Love your random post and you introduced me to a new designer, always love finding new designers to read about!! We just had fish tacos here the other night, we love them. We like to go to Half Moon Bay here in Calif. to the Flying Fish to get them when we are visiting the ocean. Someday I am going to make it to the Hamptons and I will be trying fish tacos!!
Great giveaway, would love another design book to add to my collection, one can never have enough design books!!
Kathysue

Congrats! Please contact me here with your shipping information so this can get on its way to you!

If you didn’t win but want to order it, click here to be taken to Amazon. Its a fabulous how to, and a priceless guide for anyone who needs guidance, direction and insiders tips on decorating!

 Today’s post is so appropriate because today incidentally I am hosting a birthday luncheon for one my dearest friends in the entire world. I am having about 14 girls over for lunch (you know pictures will be forthcoming). I always make a point to add one or two new recipes with every party I have, big or small. So am adding a Greek/baby spinach/pasta to my repertoire (fingers crossed). Peach Sangria is a given and the perfect light drink choice! So I will be busy with that today and I am in official party mode. Have 40 coming over on Sunday for a Fathers Day get together.

So the official summer party season is upon us! Don’t you love a good summer party? Or sipping a chilled glass of rose outside on the patio? A family BBQ or a simple dinner for two al fresco? There are so many joys when you combine summer and eating! Today’s post is dedicated to all the things that inspire me for entertaining for the summer as well as many party ideas. Hope you get some good ideas too! Have any favorite tips or advice you care to share? Would love to hear it!
With my two things this week, my wheels are turning and I am getting busy with details, nothing over the top but you know me, Miss OCD I want it to be pretty!! It’s a little trickier with almost 40 people!

As one door closes another opens. Though the contest for the gorgeous new Betty Lou Phillips book ends today with a lucky winner, I have a new book giveaway book for an incredible party/entertaining book by Danielle Rollins…..Soiree. It is amazingly gorgeous. All details on bottom of the post!

 Summer has arrived! Love this, the idea of flanking a burlap covered buffet table surrounded by clusters of flowers in rustic galvanized tins….inexpensive and just gorgeous! S Kaye

Now this speaks to me….how about you? Wine, cheese and a little bread is all I need:)
 Sunflowers on an outside table to me signify summers arrival…love this. Sara Kaye
 The soft candlelight and the reflections off the blue and white porcelains filled with summer blooms is spellbindingly beautiful!!  Number Four Eleven
 Isn’t this dreamy? And so easy to replicate. A sprig of lavender and/or herbs tied with raffia….S.Kaye
Spectacular white setting by super talented Sharon from My French Country Home….bravo!
 Don’t  you love this? It’s so elegant but not fussy, very simple, and European feeling! See….proves you can have the simplest setting but if its done with flair…its always a home run!
Oh yes..these look good! Lavender Collins…..I will take one!
 You know I loooooove this. Elegant florals in a cluster of blue and whites, oh yea!!

Gorgeous pink peonies are a wonderful way to set a summer table, one of my faves! Sara Kaye

 No one said you need a fancy holder for your wines and champagnes, the charm of this rusty old red wagon is too cute for words! PB

Candlelight preferably in the form of large hurricanes is a must for any summer table, such an easy way to add gorgeous ambiance!

 Who said a table set for a BBQ can’t be fabulous! This one is just gorgeous…..Pottery Barn

 Love this too. The most complicated part is the flowers, otherwise its quite simple but oh so elegant! Wandering the Good

 Sharon proves that there is nothing a monogrammed linen napkin and twinkling lights in elegant votives can’t make just magical, My French Country Home

 Have you ever seen tomatoes looks so elegant! Why not put them in an urn as a centerpiece, they are plentiful, inexpensive and gorgeous! Best part is you can grab some salt and olive oil and enjoy them at the end of the night:) Lovlie Greenie

 Don’t underestimate the power and beauty of a beautiful late day summer sky, a picnic table and a few lanterns..this is dreamy!

 OK to me no summer gathering whether for 2 or 200 is complete without a wonderful antipasta display!

 Such a pretty table, amazing what impact the blue and white with flowers has on the table! A Perfect Peacock

 I am going to need to copy this…LOVE the idea of the baguette with herbs tied with twine, so charming! Inhisgrip (via Tumblr)

A big tall ice cold pitcher of Sangria filled with fruit is the ultimate summer drink, as tasty as it is pretty!  Miss Buttercup

 Sunflowers are inexpensive, offer such great colorful impact and last so long! Sara Kaye

Love the idea of all the yellow against the white…summer perfect! The City Sage

If you are lucky enough to be able to entertain on the beach, its hard to beat such a beautiful setting…the blue and is perfect with the backdrop of the ocean and sky! Pepper Weddings

I could dive right in, love the idea of displaying the fruit and cheese on things like rustic trivets, and pretty vintage pans…gorgeous!

Love this rustic but elegant table set for two…a little imagination goes a  long long way!

 Touches of blue against all white is truly spectacular! Sara Kaye

Lemons and sunflowers are like summers poster child…a great way to add a punch of beautiful happiness to any summer table! Everyday Celebrating

 This is so beautiful….a bottle of rose against the beautiful dusk light and candlelight….scrumptious!My French Country Home

An inexpensive tin filled with a farmers bouquet is a perfect way to dress up any summer table

 Stunning! I love the freshness of this spectacular setting. Tory Burch

 And lets not forget summer is all about seafood! Even if you don’t have such a lavish display even a small bowl of shrimp cocktail or claws is a perfect party food! Style Me Pretty

 No matter what you do..by all means take full advantage of all the great fresh product this season has to offer! Simple is often best, Yummy Mummy kitchen

White dishes, a white tablecloth, inexpensive white chairs..just add great food and you are set! Layla Grace

 I have done this many times, fruit kebobs….so easy and makes for a pretty display!

The elegant simplicity of this setting is just gorgeous, reminds me of a perfect summer evening, being surrounded by good friends and several bottles of wine:) Salt Water wishes

Now it’s   time for the really fun part…the giveaway and its a giveaway by none other than the uber talented hostess with the mostess, Danielle Rollins, the Atlanta based party and entertaining guru. This new book, Soiree- Entertaining with style  is soooo fabulous, every page a divine treat for every one of your senses. Only problem is that it will have you brainstorming about planning a party…really gets you in the mood! Danielle was generous enough to kindly offer a signed book to one lucky enchanted reader! Here is the lowdown on how to be in the running-

1. Leave a comment on this post
2. Second chance leave a comment on Danielle’s Facebook by clicking here
3. Third chance leave a comment or like me on Facebook by clicking here
4. Throw me a party for my next birthday ( just kidding but if you want to I am in)

I will announce one lucky winner next Tuesday, so be sure to check back to see if you are the lucky winner! And if you still want to buy the book anyway because it really is that good….then click here to be taken away to Amazon to purchase Soiree!

Here is the book, lovely Danielle and a few pictures of her elegant style from the book……..

Talented lady don’t you think? Are you hungry yet or feeling in the mood to throw a parry…or both? That’s a wrap. Hope you enjoyed the post. Are you planning any parties or summer bashes this season? What is your favorite way to entertain? As always love to hear about what you are up and your ideas. Thanks for stopping in and wishing you a fabulous day!

Summer entertaining, party ideas and a fabulous entertaining giveaway!!

Hello there dear readers. First order of business is to announce the lucky winner of the beautiful new Betty Lou Phillips book, congratulations goes to……


Happy Saturday Tina,
Love your random post and you introduced me to a new designer, always love finding new designers to read about!! We just had fish tacos here the other night, we love them. We like to go to Half Moon Bay here in Calif. to the Flying Fish to get them when we are visiting the ocean. Someday I am going to make it to the Hamptons and I will be trying fish tacos!!
Great giveaway, would love another design book to add to my collection, one can never have enough design books!!
Kathysue

Congrats! Please contact me here with your shipping information so this can get on its way to you!

If you didn’t win but want to order it, click here to be taken to Amazon. Its a fabulous how to, and a priceless guide for anyone who needs guidance, direction and insiders tips on decorating!

?Today’s post is so appropriate because today incidentally I am hosting a birthday luncheon for one my dearest friends in the entire world. I am having about 14 girls over for lunch (you know pictures will be forthcoming). I always make a point to add one or two new recipes with every party I have, big or small. So am adding a Greek/baby spinach/pasta to my repertoire (fingers crossed). Peach Sangria is a given and the perfect light drink choice! So I will be busy with that today and I am in official party mode. Have 40 coming over on Sunday for a Fathers Day get together.

So the official summer party season is upon us! Don’t you love a good summer party? Or sipping a chilled glass of rose outside on the patio? A family BBQ or a simple dinner for two al fresco? There are so many joys when you combine summer and eating! Today’s post is dedicated to all the things that inspire me for entertaining for the summer as well as many party ideas. Hope you get some good ideas too! Have any favorite tips or advice you care to share? Would love to hear it!
With my two things this week, my wheels are turning and I am getting busy with details, nothing over the top but you know me, Miss OCD I want it to be pretty!! It’s a little trickier with almost 40 people!

As one door closes another opens. Though the contest for the gorgeous new Betty Lou Phillips book ends today with a lucky winner, I have a new book giveaway book for an incredible party/entertaining book by Danielle Rollins…..Soiree. It is amazingly gorgeous. All details on bottom of the post!

?Summer has arrived! Love this, the idea of flanking a burlap covered buffet table surrounded by clusters of flowers in rustic galvanized tins….inexpensive and just gorgeous! S Kaye

Now this speaks to me….how about you? Wine, cheese and a little bread is all I need:)
?Sunflowers on an outside table to me signify summers arrival…love this. Sara Kaye
?The soft candlelight and the reflections off the blue and white porcelains filled with summer blooms is spellbindingly beautiful!!? Number Four Eleven
?Isn’t this dreamy? And so easy to replicate. A sprig of lavender and/or herbs tied with raffia….S.Kaye
Spectacular white setting by super talented Sharon from My French Country Home….bravo!
?Don’t? you love this? It’s so elegant but not fussy, very simple, and European feeling! See….proves you can have the simplest setting but if its done with flair…its always a home run!
Oh yes..these look good! Lavender Collins…..I will take one!
?You know I loooooove this. Elegant florals in a cluster of blue and whites, oh yea!!

Gorgeous pink peonies are a wonderful way to set a summer table, one of my faves! Sara Kaye

?No one said you need a fancy holder for your wines and champagnes, the charm of this rusty old red wagon is too cute for words! PB

Candlelight preferably in the form of large hurricanes is a must for any summer table, such an easy way to add gorgeous ambiance!

?Who said a table set for a BBQ can’t be fabulous! This one is just gorgeous…..Pottery Barn

?Love this too. The most complicated part is the flowers, otherwise its quite simple but oh so elegant! Wandering the Good

?Sharon proves that there is nothing a monogrammed linen napkin and twinkling lights in elegant votives can’t make just magical, My French Country Home

?Have you ever seen tomatoes looks so elegant! Why not put them in an urn as a centerpiece, they are plentiful, inexpensive and gorgeous! Best part is you can grab some salt and olive oil and enjoy them at the end of the night:) Lovlie Greenie

?Don’t underestimate the power and beauty of a beautiful late day summer sky, a picnic table and a few lanterns..this is dreamy!

?OK to me no summer gathering whether for 2 or 200 is complete without a wonderful antipasta display!

?Such a pretty table, amazing what impact the blue and white with flowers has on the table! A Perfect Peacock

?I am going to need to copy this…LOVE the idea of the baguette with herbs tied with twine, so charming! Inhisgrip (via Tumblr)

A big tall ice cold pitcher of Sangria filled with fruit is the ultimate summer drink, as tasty as it is pretty!? Miss Buttercup

?Sunflowers are inexpensive, offer such great colorful impact and last so long! Sara Kaye

Love the idea of all the yellow against the white…summer perfect! The City Sage

If you are lucky enough to be able to entertain on the beach, its hard to beat such a beautiful setting…the blue and is perfect with the backdrop of the ocean and sky! Pepper Weddings

I could dive right in, love the idea of displaying the fruit and cheese on things like rustic trivets, and pretty vintage pans…gorgeous!

Love this rustic but elegant table set for two…a little imagination goes a? long long way!

?Touches of blue against all white is truly spectacular! Sara Kaye

Lemons and sunflowers are like summers poster child…a great way to add a punch of beautiful happiness to any summer table! Everyday Celebrating

?This is so beautiful….a bottle of rose against the beautiful dusk light and candlelight….scrumptious!My French Country Home

An inexpensive tin filled with a farmers bouquet is a perfect way to dress up any summer table

?Stunning! I love the freshness of this spectacular setting. Tory Burch

?And lets not forget summer is all about seafood! Even if you don’t have such a lavish display even a small bowl of shrimp cocktail or claws is a perfect party food! Style Me Pretty

?No matter what you do..by all means take full advantage of all the great fresh product this season has to offer! Simple is often best, Yummy Mummy kitchen

White dishes, a white tablecloth, inexpensive white chairs..just add great food and you are set! Layla Grace

?I have done this many times, fruit kebobs….so easy and makes for a pretty display!

The elegant simplicity of this setting is just gorgeous, reminds me of a perfect summer evening, being surrounded by good friends and several bottles of wine:) Salt Water wishes

Now it’s ? time for the really fun part…the giveaway and its a giveaway by none other than the uber talented hostess with the mostess, Danielle Rollins, the Atlanta based party and entertaining guru. This new book, Soiree- Entertaining with style? is soooo fabulous, every page a divine treat for every one of your senses. Only problem is that it will have you brainstorming about planning a party…really gets you in the mood! Danielle was generous enough to kindly offer a signed book to one lucky enchanted reader! Here is the lowdown on how to be in the running-

1. Leave a comment on this post
2. Second chance leave a comment on Danielle’s Facebook by clicking here
3. Third chance leave a comment or like me on Facebook by clicking here
4. Throw me a party for my next birthday ( just kidding but if you want to I am in)

I will announce one lucky winner next Tuesday, so be sure to check back to see if you are the lucky winner! And if you still want to buy the book anyway because it really is that good….then click here to be taken away to Amazon to purchase Soiree!

Here is the book, lovely Danielle and a few pictures of her elegant style from the book……..

Talented lady don’t you think? Are you hungry yet or feeling in the mood to throw a parry…or both? That’s a wrap. Hope you enjoyed the post. Are you planning any parties or summer bashes this season? What is your favorite way to entertain? As always love to hear about what you are up and your ideas. Thanks for stopping in and wishing you a fabulous day!

June sample sale of enchanted items!

Hi and happy Sunday afternoon to you……..was going through my inventory and found a bunch of things that either I only have a few left of or can no longer get so will not put up in my online shop. As I have done in the past, I have everything listed here and have included prices and general info.

You know the drill, if you want something just email me and let me know. I will then invoice you. Simple as that. A great chance to get some great deals on some beautiful home accessories. As always first come first serve. If you would like to visit my online shop, click here. Here we go…..

1. Love these serving pieces. I use my own all the time and always get so many compliments, also a great hostess gift! I am not going to be carrying them once I sell out because the minimums are just too high unless the company wants to work with me. They are high quality and   and super duper stylish. Wicker and antler with silver finial (pieces are 15-25.00). One pair of the fleur de lis salad set (28.00)

 Carving set wicker $32.00,  wicker serving spoons $14.00, wicker spatula $14.00  ALL SOLD

Salad set $28.00
ALL SOLD

 Fleur de lis salad set $28.00 SOLD

 Wicker spreaders set of 4 $24.00 (I have 3 or 4 sets) SOLD

 Cheese shaver $10.00

Antler carving set $32.00, 3 piece cheese set $28.00, antler salad set (not shown) $28.00

2. Antler bookends. Have 3 pair left. Great looking! The pair on black pedestals are $95.00.

1 PAIR AVAILABLE

3. Pretty engraved silver tray. Perfect for a bar or a ladies vanity/powder room. $65.00 SOLD

4. Assorted pretty guest towel trays also can be used for napkins, soaps, potpourri,etc….very pretty!
The long ones are $54 and the garland square is $45.00 ANT. BRASS ONE LEFT, OTHERS SOLD

5. Three beautiful trophy’s….great deal! Highly decorative. These are all $95.00 each. Amazing price!
1 LEFT

6. Pretty soap or candy dish $50 each, porcelain and ormolu AVAILABLE

7.Monogrammed linens, these are such a beautiful quality with oversized monogram. GREAT deal if you know the prices of monogrammed linens! Sets of three guest towels $20.00 and monogrammed cocktail napkins (set of 6) for $25.00 A FEW LETTERS AVAILABLE

In guest towels in black mono I have letters
In cocktail napkins, white linen with ecru mono I have N and D
In white linen with white mono I have letters A and G
In white linen with ecru mono I have letters J, A, O, L and H

8. Antler coat hook, these are so charming I have a few in my own home   $35.00 1 LEFT

9. Pewter Vagabond House flower urn salt and peppers $70.00 1 SET LEFT

10. Pretty engraved champagne/ice bucket. I have one med. and one large. Med is $75.00, large is $95.00. So elegant! BOTH SOLD

11. Wine holder or a great container for condiments (have used these for holding sugar/splenda packets) and beautiful for wine display…..$65.00 SOLD

12. These beautiful very heavy elegant polished hotel silver salt and peppers $40 (retails for over 100) I have 5 pair 1 SET LEFT

13. Sm. Spanish olive trays ($70)  and one sm. bavarian bread board ($55) , as pretty for display as they are for serving things like cheeses and crostinis! BOTH SOLD

14. Got another 8 of these gorgeous super decorative crystal urns that were the first thing to sell out of. Beautiful for any vignette! $55.00 9.5″ tall

2 LEFT

Finally want to introduce to my two newest members of the blue and white family. Just arrived and newly added today…they are spectacular!!  These were both made for Ralph Lauren and retailed for $435 and 515. They are heavily discounted on my site. They are available in limited quantities. Absolutely gorgeous, perfect for a big spray of flowers or branches on a center table or console. Click here to see them…….

Thanks as always for stopping in. Wishing you a wonderful and relaxing Sunday.

June sample sale of enchanted items!

Hi and happy Sunday afternoon to you……..was going through my inventory and found a bunch of things that either I only have a few left of or can no longer get so will not put up in my online shop. As I have done in the past, I have everything listed here and have included prices and general info.

You know the drill, if you want something just email me and let me know. I will then invoice you. Simple as that. A great chance to get some great deals on some beautiful home accessories. As always first come first serve. If you would like to visit my online shop, click here. Here we go…..

1. Love these serving pieces. I use my own all the time and always get so many compliments, also a great hostess gift! I am not going to be carrying them once I sell out because the minimums are just too high unless the company wants to work with me. They are high quality and?? and super duper stylish. Wicker and antler with silver finial (pieces are 15-25.00). One pair of the fleur de lis salad set (28.00)

?Carving set wicker $32.00,? wicker serving spoons $14.00, wicker spatula $14.00? ALL SOLD

Salad set $28.00
ALL SOLD

?Fleur de lis salad set $28.00 SOLD

?Wicker spreaders set of 4 $24.00 (I have 3 or 4 sets) SOLD

?Cheese shaver $10.00

Antler carving set $32.00, 3 piece cheese set $28.00, antler salad set (not shown) $28.00

2. Antler bookends. Have 3 pair left. Great looking! The pair on black pedestals are $95.00.

1 PAIR AVAILABLE

3. Pretty engraved silver tray. Perfect for a bar or a ladies vanity/powder room. $65.00 SOLD

4. Assorted pretty guest towel trays also can be used for napkins, soaps, potpourri,etc….very pretty!
The long ones are $54 and the garland square is $45.00 ANT. BRASS ONE LEFT, OTHERS SOLD

5. Three beautiful trophy’s….great deal! Highly decorative. These are all $95.00 each. Amazing price!
1 LEFT

6. Pretty soap or candy dish $50 each, porcelain and ormolu AVAILABLE

7.Monogrammed linens, these are such a beautiful quality with oversized monogram. GREAT deal if you know the prices of monogrammed linens! Sets of three guest towels $20.00 and monogrammed cocktail napkins (set of 6) for $25.00 A FEW LETTERS AVAILABLE

In guest towels in black mono I have letters
In cocktail napkins, white linen with ecru mono I have N and D
In white linen with white mono I have letters A and G
In white linen with ecru mono I have letters J, A, O, L and H

8. Antler coat hook, these are so charming I have a few in my own home?? $35.00 1 LEFT

9. Pewter Vagabond House flower urn salt and peppers $70.00 1 SET LEFT

10. Pretty engraved champagne/ice bucket. I have one med. and one large. Med is $75.00, large is $95.00. So elegant! BOTH SOLD

11. Wine holder or a great container for condiments (have used these for holding sugar/splenda packets) and beautiful for wine display…..$65.00 SOLD

12. These beautiful very heavy elegant polished hotel silver salt and peppers $40 (retails for over 100) I have 5 pair 1 SET LEFT

13. Sm. Spanish olive trays ($70)? and one sm. bavarian bread board ($55) , as pretty for display as they are for serving things like cheeses and crostinis! BOTH SOLD

14. Got another 8 of these gorgeous super decorative crystal urns that were the first thing to sell out of. Beautiful for any vignette! $55.00 9.5″ tall

2 LEFT

Finally want to introduce to my two newest members of the blue and white family. Just arrived and newly added today…they are spectacular!!? These were both made for Ralph Lauren and retailed for $435 and 515. They are heavily discounted on my site. They are available in limited quantities. Absolutely gorgeous, perfect for a big spray of flowers or branches on a center table or console. Click here to see them…….

Thanks as always for stopping in. Wishing you a wonderful and relaxing Sunday.

A ONE YEAR anniversary for The Enchanted Home Shop and a giveaway!

Woo hoo! Happy Sunday……I made it to the one year mark. First things first, the winner of the darling mini Staffordshire dogs, congratulations goes to-

Here is the result #59-
Tina,
I must say there is NOTHING in your shop that I don’t WANT! Love all your things and your beautiful taste. How do you find the time to do all you do???
This give-a-way is adorable. Love them!
Congratulations on your big anniversary!!!!
Linda Miller
Please contact me so these darling pups can be on their way to you!

 How exciting to have been officially opened for an entire year! I cannot thank you enough for all of your support. My customers have all come to me via my blog and then by recommendations and referrals. How do I say thanks for believing in me, liking my style and supporting what I do! I cannot tell you how much I enjoy the process, especially of helping people. I get excited when I am able to help them find a perfect gift, score the ideal pair of ginger jars, or helping someone put together a great new vignette for their home.

 I love running my little shop and can assure you, I am going to continue to improve and add beautiful things as I find them! This post is a celebration to mark the one year anniversary of my little online shop as well as a chance to say thank you for supporting me this past year!! There is much more to come and with your continued success and encouragement I will keep getting better and better!! Today is a little trivia post mixed in with some fun and then finally a giveaway announcement to celebrate! What’s a celebration without a giveaway!

Ever curious as to my best selling item ever?  I cannot name one but here are the top five……in no particular order….



Here’s my most popular pillow.……( a tie between these two)


And the best selling monogrammed item………again a tie

 The wonderful cocktail napkins..also makes a fabulous and affordable gift

 And tell me who wouldn’t flip receiving beautiful smelling monogrammed soaps!


Three of my personal favorite items that I think would make amazing Mothers day gifts are…..

The crystal hurricane candle collection with the most heavenly gardenia scent, when empty you have a beautiful crystal container or they can be refilled

 A stunning antiqued soup tureen…..just a beautiful piece for just about anywhere

This magnificent domed cake plate…love the old world etching (comes in three styles)

My favorite belljar lantern is………..

The tulip etched….the very ones I have in my own kitchen!

One item that I think makes an incredible and super affordable gift..……….monogrammed soaps. They are triple scented, come in a wonderful gift box and who doesn’t want to receive a gorgeous box of milled guests soaps bearing their initials!

My most unusual and most special item is………the pewter napkin rings

These are so incredibly special, I bet they might become a collectors item. The maker is such a talented man and he comes up with the most wonderful whimsical designs, love these!!

 A new item that I am super excited about……..

All the beautiful new tabletop

The stunning new oven to table pieces

And have to say I really love these darling wicker bags!!

So how about you? Anything on my site excite you too? How would you like to win a beautiful silver tray!
 Well I am giving away a very special piece for my one  year anniversary!! This stunning new silver tray..one of my new silver items. I  love this tray, perfect for a bathroom as a vanity tray, or in a powder room to hold soaps and I could see it in the kitchen to elegantly hold your spices!

All you need to do to be eligible, is to visit my online shop by clicking here. Come back here and tell me an item that you would love to get for Mothers day (if you are a  mother) or a gift you would like to give to your own mother. Also tell me if there is a product or category you would like to to see in my online shop…something missing from the marketplace. I value your feedback tremendously.
If you want a second chance, leave me a message on The Enchanted Home Facebook page here. I will announce a winner on Wed. morning! Thanks for stopping in and being a part of this big milestone. Wishing you a wonderful day and end to the weekend. Until tomorrow……

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A ONE YEAR anniversary for The Enchanted Home Shop and a giveaway!

Woo hoo! Happy Sunday……I made it to the one year mark. First things first, the winner of the darling mini Staffordshire dogs, congratulations goes to-

Here is the result #59-
Tina,
I must say there is NOTHING in your shop that I don’t WANT! Love all your things and your beautiful taste. How do you find the time to do all you do???
This give-a-way is adorable. Love them!
Congratulations on your big anniversary!!!!
Linda Miller
Please contact me so these darling pups can be on their way to you!

?How exciting to have been officially opened for an entire year! I cannot thank you enough for all of your support. My customers have all come to me via my blog and then by recommendations and referrals. How do I say thanks for believing in me, liking my style and supporting what I do! I cannot tell you how much I enjoy the process, especially of helping people. I get excited when I am able to help them find a perfect gift, score the ideal pair of ginger jars, or helping someone put together a great new vignette for their home.

?I love running my little shop and can assure you, I am going to continue to improve and add beautiful things as I find them! This post is a celebration to mark the one year anniversary of my little online shop as well as a chance to say thank you for supporting me this past year!! There is much more to come and with your continued success and encouragement I will keep getting better and better!! Today is a little trivia post mixed in with some fun and then finally a giveaway announcement to celebrate! What’s a celebration without a giveaway!

Ever curious as to my best selling item ever?? I cannot name one but here are the top five……in no particular order….



Here’s my most popular pillow.……( a tie between these two)


And the best selling monogrammed item………again a tie

?The wonderful cocktail napkins..also makes a fabulous and affordable gift

?And tell me who wouldn’t flip receiving beautiful smelling monogrammed soaps!


Three of my personal favorite items that I think would make amazing Mothers day gifts are…..

The crystal hurricane candle collection with the most heavenly gardenia scent, when empty you have a beautiful crystal container or they can be refilled

?A stunning antiqued soup tureen…..just a beautiful piece for just about anywhere

This magnificent domed cake plate…love the old world etching (comes in three styles)

My favorite belljar lantern is………..

The tulip etched….the very ones I have in my own kitchen!

One item that I think makes an incredible and super affordable gift..……….monogrammed soaps. They are triple scented, come in a wonderful gift box and who doesn’t want to receive a gorgeous box of milled guests soaps bearing their initials!

My most unusual and most special item is………the pewter napkin rings

These are so incredibly special, I bet they might become a collectors item. The maker is such a talented man and he comes up with the most wonderful whimsical designs, love these!!

?A new item that I am super excited about……..

All the beautiful new tabletop

The stunning new oven to table pieces

And have to say I really love these darling wicker bags!!

So how about you? Anything on my site excite you too? How would you like to win a beautiful silver tray!
?Well I am giving away a very special piece for my one? year anniversary!! This stunning new silver tray..one of my new silver items. I? love this tray, perfect for a bathroom as a vanity tray, or in a powder room to hold soaps and I could see it in the kitchen to elegantly hold your spices!

All you need to do to be eligible, is to visit my online shop by clicking here. Come back here and tell me an item that you would love to get for Mothers day (if you are a? mother) or a gift you would like to give to your own mother. Also tell me if there is a product or category you would like to to see in my online shop…something missing from the marketplace. I value your feedback tremendously.
If you want a second chance, leave me a message on The Enchanted Home Facebook page here. I will announce a winner on Wed. morning! Thanks for stopping in and being a part of this big milestone. Wishing you a wonderful day and end to the weekend. Until tomorrow……

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