Midweek random musings….

Hello. Hope this finds you well. I am having a busy week (what week isn’t busy) but its also a productive one! I took these pictures with my iPhone a few nights ago as we were on our way to my sons football game, isn’t this sunset amazing! I do love a beautiful sunset…….

Moving along to other orders of business……..

MY FALL FABULOUS CONTEST. The Contest was a huge hit. I got in over 65 magnificent pictures and the biggest challenge of all will be selecting a winner (glad I don’t have to be part of the voting process). I will be posting all the ‘contenders next week” and will hold voting over a 1-2 day period. The picture with the most votes wins the prize! More details to come. There are some truly breathtaking images…I must declare my readers are soooo talented! Thanks to all for being a part of it and participating.

MY HOUSE. Finally getting down to business with my bedroom. Ordered the gorgeous silk I have had my eye on for months for the big windows in my closet/sitting area. I may end up using this as the fabric for windows in my bedroom too. Found a perfect velvet for my bedroom (having an ottoman made) and 2 chairs recovered. Then found the perfect blue after a search for a few months of the perfect blue? stried velvet for my living room. Having pillows done and thinking of a tufted ottoman, love the look. So small steps of progress are indeed being made! I hope to have my first full sample of the chinoiserie for the dining room in the next 10 days and am super excited about that!! Here are a few visuals….

?Pardon the wrinkles….you can tell I have been carrying these around for a long long time!

?The gorgeous Clarence House trim I have had my eye on for months, nothing else compares!

?Love this and want to redo my two French chairs in this…..
?The silk that came in…..woo hoo!

And the gorgeous living room velvet for pillows and possibly an ottoman (and trims)….

?The perfect velvet found at last…….
?Close up of the rug…..

Teddy! So many of you are so kind to ask about Mr. Teddy. He is doing well…he is slowing down as he is 9 years old and is a mellow guy to begin with, I always say in my next life I would love to come back as him…he leads a mighty relaxing lifestyle. A little photo sesh of the man himself….

GORGEOUS WALLPAPER. If only I had enough rooms to use every wallpaper I fall in? love with. Some I cannot get out of mind and this is one such paper.? I am determined to use it somewhere!? This one from Pierre Frey I have had my eye on and am thinking of a guest room done in this…what do you think? So pretty, don’t you think!

And I would pair it with luxurious ivory bedding and pillows and shams done in this delicate fabric…

????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? I have to say I am loving it…….

Kind of reminds me of this feeling of a bedroom I have long admired-

GORGEOUS TOLE. I as you know, am so excited about the custom tole line I am carrying…it is beyond beautiful. I got in my own pair of custom lamps (going into my bedroom eventually) and have placed other custom orders for customers. Take a look at whats been churned out lately……click here to see more of this gorgeous line in my online shop.

?This lantern just getting primed is being painted green and pink and will soon be on its way to sunny Fla!

?My gorgeous lamps….love love love them!

?This beautiful pair of lamps……going into a CT. master bedroom, stunning.
And this pair is going into a family room/kitchen area of someone I have been doing e-design with, they were custom colored to match her fabrics

GOOD FOOD! Moving along to happier subjects! You know this is a subject that I am never at a lack of subject matter on:) I do love my food. Here are three things all found on my Pinterest”Food fun” board that I plan on trying this month! Wish me luck..don’t they look ridiculously good!

?Cheesy artichoke dip…come to mama!
?Kahlua brown baked sugar pecan brie….I can taste it now:)
?Asian crab salad croustades…yum!

SHOP NEWS AND STEALS AND DEALS…Lots of exciting things are going to be happening. I am adding the stunning wraps and scarves this week, some beautiful new trays and some new porcelain pieces are all being added. New Annabel Ingall totes are coming in, in all the new colors any day now. So good stuff!! First a look at some of the new goodies and then some fabulous steals and deals……

I will be breaking out the new colors in a few days but just got more of the chocolate which was sold out (have 2 med. and 2 large) and getting in a big batch of the gorgeous nutmeg color, THE color to have for fall, so if interested email me…..or click here to see all the other colors. This is referred to as “a bag to have”…..a great everyday,? hold everything tote. And yes there is an interior pocked with zipper and place for phone:)

?Nutmeg

?Chocolate

And a few new porcelain additions…….

?Love this set of 4 10″ plates…absolutely? stunning! $145.00 for 4!

Wraps and capes coming made of the most luxurious baby alpaca, these are timeless classics to have forever and ever, so chic! The most beautiful neutral colors, also love the handwarmers! Things just arrived if you are interested email me, otherwise they will be up under personal accessories in the next day or two…….

STEALS AND DEALS…limited number of each, great super discounted prices! Email me at theenchantedhome@gmail.com if you want anything!

1. Beautiful 10″ planter perfect for orchids or flowering plants $75.00! (6 pieces)
2. Stunning multi functional 10″ bowl, great for fruit display or for decorative use (5 to sell)

3.Gorgeous silver garland swag guest towel holder/small tray $55.00 (four pieces)

4.? Stunning garland swag silver bar/vanity tray measures 14″ long. $90 (retails for 150.00) I have this one in my own bathroom and love it. (four of these) love it for a bar too…..

Email me at theenchantedhome@gmail.com with any questions or inquiries…….

So there you have it. What’s happening over there? Our weather is going a little wacky….its supposed to be near 80 either today or tomorrow! I am going from sweaters and jackets to t shirts again……thank you for stopping in. Always great to hear from you…enjoy your day!

Midweek random musings….

Hello. Hope this finds you well. I am having a busy week (what week isn’t busy) but its also a productive one! I took these pictures with my iPhone a few nights ago as we were on our way to my sons football game, isn’t this sunset amazing! I do love a beautiful sunset…….

Moving along to other orders of business……..

MY FALL FABULOUS CONTEST. The Contest was a huge hit. I got in over 65 magnificent pictures and the biggest challenge of all will be selecting a winner (glad I don’t have to be part of the voting process). I will be posting all the ‘contenders next week” and will hold voting over a 1-2 day period. The picture with the most votes wins the prize! More details to come. There are some truly breathtaking images…I must declare my readers are soooo talented! Thanks to all for being a part of it and participating.

MY HOUSE. Finally getting down to business with my bedroom. Ordered the gorgeous silk I have had my eye on for months for the big windows in my closet/sitting area. I may end up using this as the fabric for windows in my bedroom too. Found a perfect velvet for my bedroom (having an ottoman made) and 2 chairs recovered. Then found the perfect blue after a search for a few months of the perfect blue  stried velvet for my living room. Having pillows done and thinking of a tufted ottoman, love the look. So small steps of progress are indeed being made! I hope to have my first full sample of the chinoiserie for the dining room in the next 10 days and am super excited about that!! Here are a few visuals….

 Pardon the wrinkles….you can tell I have been carrying these around for a long long time!

 The gorgeous Clarence House trim I have had my eye on for months, nothing else compares!

 Love this and want to redo my two French chairs in this…..
 The silk that came in…..woo hoo!

And the gorgeous living room velvet for pillows and possibly an ottoman (and trims)….

 The perfect velvet found at last…….
 Close up of the rug…..

Teddy! So many of you are so kind to ask about Mr. Teddy. He is doing well…he is slowing down as he is 9 years old and is a mellow guy to begin with, I always say in my next life I would love to come back as him…he leads a mighty relaxing lifestyle. A little photo sesh of the man himself….

GORGEOUS WALLPAPER. If only I had enough rooms to use every wallpaper I fall in  love with. Some I cannot get out of mind and this is one such paper.  I am determined to use it somewhere!  This one from Pierre Frey I have had my eye on and am thinking of a guest room done in this…what do you think? So pretty, don’t you think!

And I would pair it with luxurious ivory bedding and pillows and shams done in this delicate fabric…

                                                          I have to say I am loving it…….

Kind of reminds me of this feeling of a bedroom I have long admired-

GORGEOUS TOLE. I as you know, am so excited about the custom tole line I am carrying…it is beyond beautiful. I got in my own pair of custom lamps (going into my bedroom eventually) and have placed other custom orders for customers. Take a look at whats been churned out lately……click here to see more of this gorgeous line in my online shop.

 This lantern just getting primed is being painted green and pink and will soon be on its way to sunny Fla!

 My gorgeous lamps….love love love them!

 This beautiful pair of lamps……going into a CT. master bedroom, stunning.
And this pair is going into a family room/kitchen area of someone I have been doing e-design with, they were custom colored to match her fabrics

GOOD FOOD! Moving along to happier subjects! You know this is a subject that I am never at a lack of subject matter on:) I do love my food. Here are three things all found on my Pinterest”Food fun” board that I plan on trying this month! Wish me luck..don’t they look ridiculously good!

 Cheesy artichoke dip…come to mama!
 Kahlua brown baked sugar pecan brie….I can taste it now:)
 Asian crab salad croustades…yum!

SHOP NEWS AND STEALS AND DEALS…Lots of exciting things are going to be happening. I am adding the stunning wraps and scarves this week, some beautiful new trays and some new porcelain pieces are all being added. New Annabel Ingall totes are coming in, in all the new colors any day now. So good stuff!! First a look at some of the new goodies and then some fabulous steals and deals……

I will be breaking out the new colors in a few days but just got more of the chocolate which was sold out (have 2 med. and 2 large) and getting in a big batch of the gorgeous nutmeg color, THE color to have for fall, so if interested email me…..or click here to see all the other colors. This is referred to as “a bag to have”…..a great everyday,  hold everything tote. And yes there is an interior pocked with zipper and place for phone:)

 Nutmeg

 Chocolate

And a few new porcelain additions…….

 Love this set of 4 10″ plates…absolutely  stunning! $145.00 for 4!

Wraps and capes coming made of the most luxurious baby alpaca, these are timeless classics to have forever and ever, so chic! The most beautiful neutral colors, also love the handwarmers! Things just arrived if you are interested email me, otherwise they will be up under personal accessories in the next day or two…….

STEALS AND DEALS…limited number of each, great super discounted prices! Email me at theenchantedhome@gmail.com if you want anything!

1. Beautiful 10″ planter perfect for orchids or flowering plants $75.00! (6 pieces)
2. Stunning multi functional 10″ bowl, great for fruit display or for decorative use (5 to sell)

3.Gorgeous silver garland swag guest towel holder/small tray $55.00 (four pieces)

4.  Stunning garland swag silver bar/vanity tray measures 14″ long. $90 (retails for 150.00) I have this one in my own bathroom and love it. (four of these) love it for a bar too…..

Email me at theenchantedhome@gmail.com with any questions or inquiries…….

So there you have it. What’s happening over there? Our weather is going a little wacky….its supposed to be near 80 either today or tomorrow! I am going from sweaters and jackets to t shirts again……thank you for stopping in. Always great to hear from you…enjoy your day!

Taking a little trip and a happy July 4th to you!

Hi all! Hard to believe July 4th is just about here…where oh where is this summer going? Yowza….its going by awfully fast. We are taking a little trip this week so by the time you read this I will be happily on my way,? and will be back on Saturday. A little quality family time…we all need it and believe me, I am not complaining one bit! I love any excuse to have no schedule, eat whatever I want, and kind of just “wing it”….no real agenda sounds great to me:) What are you up to for July 4th?

Hope whatever you have in store for the holiday week is fun, relaxing and mostly exactly what you want to do. Hopefully not too much work involved! So I will be back on Saturday but in the meantime, am leaving you with plenty of “reading material”, with a little bit of eye candy, a healthy dose of something to learn, a smidgeon of fashion, a slice of practicality, a wedge of fantasy,? a wee bit of something inspirational, of course plenty of things to make you hungry, and a nice big healthy heap of beauty! Hope you enjoy some of the links that I have enjoyed (one or two of them my own lol). Be back later in the week. Happy July 4th!

This darling little boy’s story will make you cry happy tears…..just too cute!

If I was in the market for a swanky Hamptons abode..this would do just fine!

I have to make these…..when I want to be a bad girl.

I really really want to go to this next year. Really!

Do you know where the happiest people in the world live? Fascinating!

We all get complacent in our relationships/marriages, found this wonderful post on 7 ways to be your spouse’s/partner’s best friend…a great little reminder!

I am seriously in love with this monogrammed clutch with just the right dose of bling!

These food pictures make me want to get into the food biz!

LOVE this list.……50 things every woman must own. (right on the money too)

A friend who is a skincare junkie just told me about this new product, anyone know of it?

This is aptly named the “perfect tote”….love it, just can’t decide on which color!

10 fascinating “secrets” about Machu Picchu ( I was lucky enough to have visited as a young teen)

This picture might be the cutest one I have ever seen of a little tot!

Here are Tory Burch’s must haves…any on your list?
?
Just ordered this book and love the idea, the whole “slow” movement from travel to food!

Sandy’s beautiful post on the lavender fields in Provence has me craving a trip there….stunning!

This beautiful post has me wishing I was in the French countryside buying fresh veges just off the vine!

How much fun would it be to attend this film festival? (click English on top right)

If money was no object, I think I could rough the high seas in this chartered yacht decked out in blue and white….I think its a match made in heaven:)

Ever wanted to own the ultimate winery/horse farm….check this one out!

Did you see this enormous but beautiful home Taylor Swift bought?

I would soooo love to be a judge (or taste tester) for this contest…..

These high heel cupcakes are seriously sooo cute and perfect for a girl who loves her shoes!

I had lent this out to someone and couldn’t? track it down so bought another and forgot just how beautiful it is, one of my all time favorite design books front to back!

Some of Americas most generous (and wealthiest) philanthropists…see whats near and dear to their heart

Want to see Aerin Lauders? Southampton home up close and personal and how she prepared a poolside luncheon?

Have you seen this polyglot? Amazing…speaks 23 languages, and he seems like such a nice guy! Next time your kids say they don’t have anything else to study, show them this and tell them to get busy…lol.

This party is one I feel really proud of and it was worth the throbbing pain my feet felt for days!

I looooove this salad and cannot wait to make this version. Yum…and guilt free!!

Do you follow Martha Stewart on Pinterest? I just started…..

This girls talent is seriously mind blowing…….just over the top!

Enjoy a great foreign film? This lighthearted and super entertaining film is one I have seen a few times……never gets old!

I loooover her jewelry, what a selection!

I am dying to go to this uber luxurious dude ranch…..sooo beautiful!

Not only is this hot tamale gorgeous, sweet and can sing her buns off but she can paint…love her serene calming ocean oils that have all kinds of beautiful homes…..

Next dinner party…these are so on the menu, so beautiful,? I must give them a try!

For my next “real vacation” this is where I want to go, and not move a muscle for an entire week!

Handbag aficionado? Then by all means click here.…..

How amazingly good does this tabbouleh look? Yum!

I want to take a few weeks next summer and go to her cooking school…care to join me?

When I go to London not if, I sure would love to rent this magnificent apartment!

Really looking forward to this movie….looks like its going to be a good one!

I seriously need to do this….there’s a lot of chatter about it and I can spare 7 minutes!

If I had a lake house, this is exactly what I would want it to look like!

Love this post on 51 incredible ways to eat vegetables!

Love topiaries like I do? Then you will loooove this post!

Took this book with me to read while away….so appropriate for a summer read.?

This recap of a mother/daugher roadtrip had me roaring with laughter……trust me you will too!

Well these should keep you busy for a while, if you have the spare time (and interest) to pursue what’s excting me! Let me know if you really enjoyed one or two or three or four…… You will be missed, and I will be thinking of you and? look forward to reporting back when I am back by the weekend. Wishing you a happy and safe July 4th holiday. Until then…..

This dude is ready to get his party started!

(Don’t worry Teddy, he doesn’t hold a candle to you rockin your patriotic bandana) or your Christmas fedora for that matter…

Happy 4th everyone!

Taking a little trip and a happy July 4th to you!

Hi all! Hard to believe July 4th is just about here…where oh where is this summer going? Yowza….its going by awfully fast. We are taking a little trip this week so by the time you read this I will be happily on my way,  and will be back on Saturday. A little quality family time…we all need it and believe me, I am not complaining one bit! I love any excuse to have no schedule, eat whatever I want, and kind of just “wing it”….no real agenda sounds great to me:) What are you up to for July 4th?

Hope whatever you have in store for the holiday week is fun, relaxing and mostly exactly what you want to do. Hopefully not too much work involved! So I will be back on Saturday but in the meantime, am leaving you with plenty of “reading material”, with a little bit of eye candy, a healthy dose of something to learn, a smidgeon of fashion, a slice of practicality, a wedge of fantasy,  a wee bit of something inspirational, of course plenty of things to make you hungry, and a nice big healthy heap of beauty! Hope you enjoy some of the links that I have enjoyed (one or two of them my own lol). Be back later in the week. Happy July 4th!

This darling little boy’s story will make you cry happy tears…..just too cute!

If I was in the market for a swanky Hamptons abode..this would do just fine!

I have to make these…..when I want to be a bad girl.

I really really want to go to this next year. Really!

Do you know where the happiest people in the world live? Fascinating!

We all get complacent in our relationships/marriages, found this wonderful post on 7 ways to be your spouse’s/partner’s best friend…a great little reminder!

I am seriously in love with this monogrammed clutch with just the right dose of bling!

These food pictures make me want to get into the food biz!

LOVE this list.……50 things every woman must own. (right on the money too)

A friend who is a skincare junkie just told me about this new product, anyone know of it?

This is aptly named the “perfect tote”….love it, just can’t decide on which color!

10 fascinating “secrets” about Machu Picchu ( I was lucky enough to have visited as a young teen)

This picture might be the cutest one I have ever seen of a little tot!

Here are Tory Burch’s must haves…any on your list?
 
Just ordered this book and love the idea, the whole “slow” movement from travel to food!

Sandy’s beautiful post on the lavender fields in Provence has me craving a trip there….stunning!

This beautiful post has me wishing I was in the French countryside buying fresh veges just off the vine!

How much fun would it be to attend this film festival? (click English on top right)

If money was no object, I think I could rough the high seas in this chartered yacht decked out in blue and white….I think its a match made in heaven:)

Ever wanted to own the ultimate winery/horse farm….check this one out!

Did you see this enormous but beautiful home Taylor Swift bought?

I would soooo love to be a judge (or taste tester) for this contest…..

These high heel cupcakes are seriously sooo cute and perfect for a girl who loves her shoes!

I had lent this out to someone and couldn’t  track it down so bought another and forgot just how beautiful it is, one of my all time favorite design books front to back!

Some of Americas most generous (and wealthiest) philanthropists…see whats near and dear to their heart

Want to see Aerin Lauders  Southampton home up close and personal and how she prepared a poolside luncheon?

Have you seen this polyglot? Amazing…speaks 23 languages, and he seems like such a nice guy! Next time your kids say they don’t have anything else to study, show them this and tell them to get busy…lol.

This party is one I feel really proud of and it was worth the throbbing pain my feet felt for days!

I looooove this salad and cannot wait to make this version. Yum…and guilt free!!

Do you follow Martha Stewart on Pinterest? I just started…..

This girls talent is seriously mind blowing…….just over the top!

Enjoy a great foreign film? This lighthearted and super entertaining film is one I have seen a few times……never gets old!

I loooover her jewelry, what a selection!

I am dying to go to this uber luxurious dude ranch…..sooo beautiful!

Not only is this hot tamale gorgeous, sweet and can sing her buns off but she can paint…love her serene calming ocean oils that have all kinds of beautiful homes…..

Next dinner party…these are so on the menu, so beautiful,  I must give them a try!

For my next “real vacation” this is where I want to go, and not move a muscle for an entire week!

Handbag aficionado? Then by all means click here.…..

How amazingly good does this tabbouleh look? Yum!

I want to take a few weeks next summer and go to her cooking school…care to join me?

When I go to London not if, I sure would love to rent this magnificent apartment!

Really looking forward to this movie….looks like its going to be a good one!

I seriously need to do this….there’s a lot of chatter about it and I can spare 7 minutes!

If I had a lake house, this is exactly what I would want it to look like!

Love this post on 51 incredible ways to eat vegetables!

Love topiaries like I do? Then you will loooove this post!

Took this book with me to read while away….so appropriate for a summer read. 

This recap of a mother/daugher roadtrip had me roaring with laughter……trust me you will too!

Well these should keep you busy for a while, if you have the spare time (and interest) to pursue what’s excting me! Let me know if you really enjoyed one or two or three or four…… You will be missed, and I will be thinking of you and  look forward to reporting back when I am back by the weekend. Wishing you a happy and safe July 4th holiday. Until then…..

This dude is ready to get his party started!

(Don’t worry Teddy, he doesn’t hold a candle to you rockin your patriotic bandana) or your Christmas fedora for that matter…

Happy 4th everyone!

Merry Christmas!

Hi there, hard to believe Christmas is just a few days away. Boy, this month really flew! This mama elf is ready to call it a holiday wrap. As the saying goes….”it is what it is”. As of today, what is done is done and what’s not done well…..shall remain:) It’s kind of a relief to know this, no more pressure, no more 14 hour days running around, sleepless nights tossing and turning over what hasn’t gotten done, no more fighting crowds, strategizing for choice parking spaces, no more brainstorming about what to buy so and so etc…… It is all done. Woo hoo!

?I am going to be taking a few days off to enjoy my family and savor this magical season of togetherness, family and friends, great food, downtime and doing a whole lot of nothing!

I will be back later in the week but do want to send a heartfelt greeting to each and every one of you, may your season be?bright, full of hope and happiness, laughter and smiles. I thank you for following along with me this year, 2012 and look forward to what lies ahead! ?The best is yet to come……

Merry merry Christmas from our house to yours!

Finally he decides to cooperate :)?

Teddy the “homeboy” says Merry Cbristmas too (these were a few shots from a mini photo shoot)!

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Merry Christmas!

Hi there, hard to believe Christmas is just a few days away. Boy, this month really flew! This mama elf is ready to call it a holiday wrap. As the saying goes….”it is what it is”. As of today, what is done is done and what’s not done well…..shall remain:) It’s kind of a relief to know this, no more pressure, no more 14 hour days running around, sleepless nights tossing and turning over what hasn’t gotten done, no more fighting crowds, strategizing for choice parking spaces, no more brainstorming about what to buy so and so etc…… It is all done. Woo hoo!

 I am going to be taking a few days off to enjoy my family and savor this magical season of togetherness, family and friends, great food, downtime and doing a whole lot of nothing!

I will be back later in the week but do want to send a heartfelt greeting to each and every one of you, may your season be bright, full of hope and happiness, laughter and smiles. I thank you for following along with me this year, 2012 and look forward to what lies ahead!  The best is yet to come……

Merry merry Christmas from our house to yours!

Finally he decides to cooperate 🙂 

Teddy the “homeboy” says Merry Cbristmas too (these were a few shots from a mini photo shoot)!

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Mid week musings and a giveaway!!

Hi looks like this mid week musings thing is now a regular gig, so why not…a great way for me to talk about a whole bunch of randomness. Hope you are having a great week…mine is good, busy and productive. I cannot say summer has been super relaxing so far but I have managed to squeeze in some down time and the little I have had has been wonderful! I am also offering a wonderful giveaway….all details on bottom of this post.

I am actually headed to New Orleans on Friday morning and cannot wait. Its been a few years since I have been there ?and I cannot wait to hit the antique shops on Royal st., indulge in french pressed coffee and a piping hot sugar laced Beignet and go to some of the wonderful restaurants?we had the pleasure of visiting last time. This is absolutely NO time for a diet…..the food in New Orleans is off the hook amazing! Any suggestions are more than welcome!

For anyone else who has “a thing” for New Orleans….this book is one of my favorites. Got it about a year ago and it just captures that New Orleans essence to a tee, a really wonderful book!
Many of you are so kind to ask about sweet Teddy, he is doing well…..hair 90% grown back so its good to see him whole again. Heres a few pics of him doing what he does best……yep, relaxing!

Does he think he is CZ Guest here or what??

I like to share the results of my weekly Which would you choose and thought it would be fun to see which girls bedrooms took the top prize from last week, so here they are in order of their votes!

1st place (and my personal favorite)!

A close 2nd place?
Tied for 3rd place

Several of the others vied for 4th place…what can I say, my readers, you have excellent taste!

Finally ordered the wallpaper for the back powder room (this is off the kitchen and the bathroom we use on a daily basis). I decided it was one of the first I loved and often times we go back to the original choices…..this was the perfect blend of something elegant but not too formal, fresh and crisp. I really like it and it gives off the exact vibe I am looking for……will finalize the check I will do the window treatments in and likely have some cute little fabric shades made for the sconces too…….

I also like covering shades with fabric for a custom touch…experimented here, me likey!

I really like Anthropologie and think they are one of the stores that are getting better and better. I recently ordered a bunch of these exquisite glasses…love love them! I am a sucker for anything etched and these look really old and are just beautiful! I cannot wait to use them….what do you think? I have found so many unique and beautiful things there…….

Can you believe I am STILL waiting (only six months and counting) on the Thomas O Brien rock crystal sconces? Crazy! But I have looked and looked for a suitable replacement to no avail….so wait I will. Every time I look at them, I realize they are perfect and I can envision them in my room so hopefully the newest delivery date of August is finally the date that I can see these babies and get them up and get this bathroom done!!!! Once they are up above the tub and at my vanity…I just need my chandelier, a chair and I am set…woo hoo!!!!

Here they are…..by Thomas O Brien
They will go above the tub and on either side of the mirror (single ones) on the vanity….

And on either side of the mirror
And very excited finally got these gorgeous Ralph Lauren sconces ordered for the living room….cannot wait to get them! They are really beautiful, leave it up to Ralph!
They will go on this wall (one either side of botanicals) as well as between all the French doors in the living room.

Moving on…..I love costume jewelry, well I love all kinds of jewelry but being paranoid about losing (lets just say I have done my share) I don’t ?wear “the good stuff’ unless I am going to a wedding or special event and it is all locked up in a safe spot. But I love fun costume and have quite a bit, just ordered some jewelry drawer boxers/liners and cannot wait to start organizing, but in the meantime how cute is this? Its a dress form with hooks for jewelry its finished in a muslin fabric and has French writing. Believe it or not found it at Michaels for $14.99!! I love it and think it adds such a sweet whimsical touch to my closet.

Store biz……I am not going to be adding anything over the summer. While business is going wonderfully I am hoping to take a little time to enjoy summer as it goes by so fast. I have a few brackets left and this is it as well as a few other items I am just about sold out of. I am planning to revamp things come fall, phasing a few things out and adding some exciting new things, so stay tuned and thanks for your continued support and enthusiasm!

I have one of the black and gold brackets on the right and one pair of the antique white painted brackets. I am selling the one black and gold for $45.00 and the pair of large ant.white for $100. This is the very last of my brackets and these prices are far far below retail. Email me if you wan them.

Also……

Last antler pillow…….

Last gray chinoiserie pillow……….

Last small dough bowl, since I have one left I am selling this for $100 even. A great deal if you know the price of dough bowls…contact me if interested!

Last small olive tray (they will be in again sometime later August)…..

Last black chinoiserie tray……$90.00

And last have two of these beautiful blue and white scalloped dishes left and that is it! These are soo pretty, I kept one for myself! If you are intersted in this item, you can purchase online (have only two left)!

If there is something in the marketplace you feel there is a lack of, or you would like to see me carry, shoot me an email. I love hearing your feedback!!

Now onto my giveaway, giving a stunning silver cake spade and a darling set of crown bookends to two lucky winners!

All you need to do to enter is leave a comment on this blog after visiting my online store and tell me an item or two that you would love to receive. That’s it! I will announce a winner on Tuesday morning. Click here to visit my store.

?First the beautiful crown bookends………..

And the beautiful silver highly decorative cake spade…..

Thank you Kristy and Beth from one of my favorite blogs Design Chic for featuring my butlers pantry in your gorgeous post today about pantries!! Great post, click here to visit!
So that’s my randomness for a few days. I am leaving early Friday for New Orleans and will return early next week. I will miss visiting all of my favorite blogs but it will give me something to look forward to when I get back. I do have access to my emails while gone so feel free to contact me if you need to. And if you have any must see or do suggestions for the Big Easy, please by all means pass them along! Wishing you a wonderful rest of the week and a fabulous weekend ahead! Until next week……..

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Mid week musings and a giveaway!!

Hi looks like this mid week musings thing is now a regular gig, so why not…a great way for me to talk about a whole bunch of randomness. Hope you are having a great week…mine is good, busy and productive. I cannot say summer has been super relaxing so far but I have managed to squeeze in some down time and the little I have had has been wonderful! I am also offering a wonderful giveaway….all details on bottom of this post.

I am actually headed to New Orleans on Friday morning and cannot wait. Its been a few years since I have been there  and I cannot wait to hit the antique shops on Royal st., indulge in french pressed coffee and a piping hot sugar laced Beignet and go to some of the wonderful restaurants we had the pleasure of visiting last time. This is absolutely NO time for a diet…..the food in New Orleans is off the hook amazing! Any suggestions are more than welcome!

For anyone else who has “a thing” for New Orleans….this book is one of my favorites. Got it about a year ago and it just captures that New Orleans essence to a tee, a really wonderful book!
Many of you are so kind to ask about sweet Teddy, he is doing well…..hair 90% grown back so its good to see him whole again. Heres a few pics of him doing what he does best……yep, relaxing!

Does he think he is CZ Guest here or what? 

I like to share the results of my weekly Which would you choose and thought it would be fun to see which girls bedrooms took the top prize from last week, so here they are in order of their votes!

1st place (and my personal favorite)!

A close 2nd place 
Tied for 3rd place

Several of the others vied for 4th place…what can I say, my readers, you have excellent taste!

Finally ordered the wallpaper for the back powder room (this is off the kitchen and the bathroom we use on a daily basis). I decided it was one of the first I loved and often times we go back to the original choices…..this was the perfect blend of something elegant but not too formal, fresh and crisp. I really like it and it gives off the exact vibe I am looking for……will finalize the check I will do the window treatments in and likely have some cute little fabric shades made for the sconces too…….

I also like covering shades with fabric for a custom touch…experimented here, me likey!

I really like Anthropologie and think they are one of the stores that are getting better and better. I recently ordered a bunch of these exquisite glasses…love love them! I am a sucker for anything etched and these look really old and are just beautiful! I cannot wait to use them….what do you think? I have found so many unique and beautiful things there…….

Can you believe I am STILL waiting (only six months and counting) on the Thomas O Brien rock crystal sconces? Crazy! But I have looked and looked for a suitable replacement to no avail….so wait I will. Every time I look at them, I realize they are perfect and I can envision them in my room so hopefully the newest delivery date of August is finally the date that I can see these babies and get them up and get this bathroom done!!!! Once they are up above the tub and at my vanity…I just need my chandelier, a chair and I am set…woo hoo!!!!

Here they are…..by Thomas O Brien
They will go above the tub and on either side of the mirror (single ones) on the vanity….

And on either side of the mirror
And very excited finally got these gorgeous Ralph Lauren sconces ordered for the living room….cannot wait to get them! They are really beautiful, leave it up to Ralph!
They will go on this wall (one either side of botanicals) as well as between all the French doors in the living room.

Moving on…..I love costume jewelry, well I love all kinds of jewelry but being paranoid about losing (lets just say I have done my share) I don’t  wear “the good stuff’ unless I am going to a wedding or special event and it is all locked up in a safe spot. But I love fun costume and have quite a bit, just ordered some jewelry drawer boxers/liners and cannot wait to start organizing, but in the meantime how cute is this? Its a dress form with hooks for jewelry its finished in a muslin fabric and has French writing. Believe it or not found it at Michaels for $14.99!! I love it and think it adds such a sweet whimsical touch to my closet.

Store biz……I am not going to be adding anything over the summer. While business is going wonderfully I am hoping to take a little time to enjoy summer as it goes by so fast. I have a few brackets left and this is it as well as a few other items I am just about sold out of. I am planning to revamp things come fall, phasing a few things out and adding some exciting new things, so stay tuned and thanks for your continued support and enthusiasm!

I have one of the black and gold brackets on the right and one pair of the antique white painted brackets. I am selling the one black and gold for $45.00 and the pair of large ant.white for $100. This is the very last of my brackets and these prices are far far below retail. Email me if you wan them.

Also……

Last antler pillow…….

Last gray chinoiserie pillow……….

Last small dough bowl, since I have one left I am selling this for $100 even. A great deal if you know the price of dough bowls…contact me if interested!

Last small olive tray (they will be in again sometime later August)…..

Last black chinoiserie tray……$90.00

And last have two of these beautiful blue and white scalloped dishes left and that is it! These are soo pretty, I kept one for myself! If you are intersted in this item, you can purchase online (have only two left)!

If there is something in the marketplace you feel there is a lack of, or you would like to see me carry, shoot me an email. I love hearing your feedback!!

Now onto my giveaway, giving a stunning silver cake spade and a darling set of crown bookends to two lucky winners!

All you need to do to enter is leave a comment on this blog after visiting my online store and tell me an item or two that you would love to receive. That’s it! I will announce a winner on Tuesday morning. Click here to visit my store.

 First the beautiful crown bookends………..

And the beautiful silver highly decorative cake spade…..

Thank you Kristy and Beth from one of my favorite blogs Design Chic for featuring my butlers pantry in your gorgeous post today about pantries!! Great post, click here to visit!
So that’s my randomness for a few days. I am leaving early Friday for New Orleans and will return early next week. I will miss visiting all of my favorite blogs but it will give me something to look forward to when I get back. I do have access to my emails while gone so feel free to contact me if you need to. And if you have any must see or do suggestions for the Big Easy, please by all means pass them along! Wishing you a wonderful rest of the week and a fabulous weekend ahead! Until next week……..

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Mid week musings…….

Hi, hope your week is going well. I was at the beach for a few days to visit a friend and it was a nice getaway, unexpected, which are often the best kind! The weather was a “10” but today, we are in the throes of a serious heat wave…..about 100 degrees as a heat index and high humidity, only good news is its supposed to break late Friday. I tend to wilt in this kind of weather.
?I mean I love summer, don’ t get me wrong but I love 75 -80 degrees, zero humidity, slight breeze in the air topped with a perfect sunset….now that’s my kind of summer weather! A few things to cover today…first I know everyone loves to know which rooms take the top prizes for my weekly Which would you choose. So here’s the top four from last weeks, featuring an assortment of gorgeous powder rooms. Happy that my personal faves made it to the top spots! I will show results for this weeks Which would you choose next week……

? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?1st place with 25 votes

2nd place with 20 votes
3rd place with 16 votes
And tied for 4th place with 14 votes each
I have spoken often about all the perks and wonderful gifts that blogging has brought me, many friendships, knowledge on things that even a top school couldn’t possibly provide….really an entire world of possibilities. Its quite a phenomenon when you think about the connections you make on a daily basis with people all around the world that you would otherwise never meet. After the “Teddy ordeal’ the outpouring of support from my readers and fellow bloggers was truly just beyond, beyond what any words can fully describe.?
So, I nearly fell off my chair when one of my readers contacted me, who happens to be a painter and wanted to paint Teddy’s portrait. She was so touched by what he had gone through and felt inspired to paint him. I was touched far beyond what I can convey on this blog and eagerly awaited the Teddy portrait to arrive. What I guess i wasn’t anticipating was what a magnificent work of art I would be receiving. I was floored when I opened the most exquisite dog painting ever! And to boot, it was like I was looking at Teddy in his sweet little eyes, her ability to capture his face, his gentle and curious eyes and funny little expression is not something just any artist could do. So with her permission I am sharing with you this beautiful and treasured work of art as well as the heartfelt letter that accompanied it and you know it brought ?tears to my eyes! Best part of this for you, all you pet lovers out there, is that Mary paints on commission! I know after seeing this you will want to have your own faithful companions painted too….so her contact information is at the bottom of the Teddy painting. Ready? Feast your eyes on this……..
I couldnt’ wait to rip off the wrapping!

Seriously…how AMAZING is this!!!!!! I cannot wait to get it framed and its going to go right in our library where we can cherish it always and always. THANK YOU MARY!! ?I know many of you will want your own pet masterpiece after seeing this. ?
The talented mastermind behind this exquisite oil on canvas is Mary Casey. She does not have a website but does have lots of pictures of her work that she can send you. Mary’s email address is mcaseyart20@gmail.com.
For anyone who missed my temporary living room reveal, you can click here to get all the details how this room came to be and here’s a few pictures……

And at night…..

While out in the?Hamptons?I snapped a few pictures (though few is a relative word..lol) ?that I think speak so well as to what the Hamptons is all about, or at least what I personally love about the Hampton’s. Can there ever be too many hydrangeas? I don’t think so! So here’s a few pics from my little excursion, I always am sure to have my camera close by as there are always so many fabulous “photo ops”!
I always get carried away when taking pictures of beautiful hydrangeas…how stunning are these!

For about two hours, I experienced true perfection. Ever had a moment in life where you felt like it was “as good as it gets”? Well, this was Nirvana! I walked down the path and for what seemed like miles, I only saw one or two people in sight, just the glistening sea, acres of white sand and me and my chair! The perk was my phone doesn’t get reception so no distractions!! It was hot but I was so blessed because on this day, it felt like there was a 50 foot fan blowing and it was really breezy so I had the heat from the sun and a cold breeze on the other side of me……bliss I am telling you!

One man fishing…….
See that house? That’s “bad boy?Madoffs” old house, new owners have it now and have totally renovated it. Don’t know if I could live in a house that belonged to such an evil man!
My little beach chair waiting for me…….

And theres my son and his friend off for a jog, yes, I should have joined them but I was just way too relaxed with my magazines and my chair…..

Ahhhhh….just looking at these pictures makes me feel relaxed all over again. I am my happiest by the beach, this could be because I spent a lot of my childhood in California and Hawaii so I am a “beach girl” at heart. It is always where I feel my most relaxed, happiest and at peace. How about you? Does the beach seduce you too?
So that’s about it for today…….off to Philadelphia tomorrow for the weekend. So this is it until later Sunday or Monday as I will have limited access to my computer. Wishing you a wonderful weekend! And thank you Mary Casey again!!!!!!!

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Mid week musings…….

Hi, hope your week is going well. I was at the beach for a few days to visit a friend and it was a nice getaway, unexpected, which are often the best kind! The weather was a “10” but today, we are in the throes of a serious heat wave…..about 100 degrees as a heat index and high humidity, only good news is its supposed to break late Friday. I tend to wilt in this kind of weather.
 I mean I love summer, don’ t get me wrong but I love 75 -80 degrees, zero humidity, slight breeze in the air topped with a perfect sunset….now that’s my kind of summer weather! A few things to cover today…first I know everyone loves to know which rooms take the top prizes for my weekly Which would you choose. So here’s the top four from last weeks, featuring an assortment of gorgeous powder rooms. Happy that my personal faves made it to the top spots! I will show results for this weeks Which would you choose next week……

                                                         1st place with 25 votes

2nd place with 20 votes
3rd place with 16 votes
And tied for 4th place with 14 votes each
I have spoken often about all the perks and wonderful gifts that blogging has brought me, many friendships, knowledge on things that even a top school couldn’t possibly provide….really an entire world of possibilities. Its quite a phenomenon when you think about the connections you make on a daily basis with people all around the world that you would otherwise never meet. After the “Teddy ordeal’ the outpouring of support from my readers and fellow bloggers was truly just beyond, beyond what any words can fully describe. 
So, I nearly fell off my chair when one of my readers contacted me, who happens to be a painter and wanted to paint Teddy’s portrait. She was so touched by what he had gone through and felt inspired to paint him. I was touched far beyond what I can convey on this blog and eagerly awaited the Teddy portrait to arrive. What I guess i wasn’t anticipating was what a magnificent work of art I would be receiving. I was floored when I opened the most exquisite dog painting ever! And to boot, it was like I was looking at Teddy in his sweet little eyes, her ability to capture his face, his gentle and curious eyes and funny little expression is not something just any artist could do. So with her permission I am sharing with you this beautiful and treasured work of art as well as the heartfelt letter that accompanied it and you know it brought  tears to my eyes! Best part of this for you, all you pet lovers out there, is that Mary paints on commission! I know after seeing this you will want to have your own faithful companions painted too….so her contact information is at the bottom of the Teddy painting. Ready? Feast your eyes on this……..
I couldnt’ wait to rip off the wrapping!

Seriously…how AMAZING is this!!!!!! I cannot wait to get it framed and its going to go right in our library where we can cherish it always and always. THANK YOU MARY!!  I know many of you will want your own pet masterpiece after seeing this.  
The talented mastermind behind this exquisite oil on canvas is Mary Casey. She does not have a website but does have lots of pictures of her work that she can send you. Mary’s email address is mcaseyart20@gmail.com.
For anyone who missed my temporary living room reveal, you can click here to get all the details how this room came to be and here’s a few pictures……

And at night…..

While out in the Hamptons I snapped a few pictures (though few is a relative word..lol)  that I think speak so well as to what the Hamptons is all about, or at least what I personally love about the Hampton’s. Can there ever be too many hydrangeas? I don’t think so! So here’s a few pics from my little excursion, I always am sure to have my camera close by as there are always so many fabulous “photo ops”!
I always get carried away when taking pictures of beautiful hydrangeas…how stunning are these!

For about two hours, I experienced true perfection. Ever had a moment in life where you felt like it was “as good as it gets”? Well, this was Nirvana! I walked down the path and for what seemed like miles, I only saw one or two people in sight, just the glistening sea, acres of white sand and me and my chair! The perk was my phone doesn’t get reception so no distractions!! It was hot but I was so blessed because on this day, it felt like there was a 50 foot fan blowing and it was really breezy so I had the heat from the sun and a cold breeze on the other side of me……bliss I am telling you!

One man fishing…….
See that house? That’s “bad boy Madoffs” old house, new owners have it now and have totally renovated it. Don’t know if I could live in a house that belonged to such an evil man!
My little beach chair waiting for me…….

And theres my son and his friend off for a jog, yes, I should have joined them but I was just way too relaxed with my magazines and my chair…..

Ahhhhh….just looking at these pictures makes me feel relaxed all over again. I am my happiest by the beach, this could be because I spent a lot of my childhood in California and Hawaii so I am a “beach girl” at heart. It is always where I feel my most relaxed, happiest and at peace. How about you? Does the beach seduce you too?
So that’s about it for today…….off to Philadelphia tomorrow for the weekend. So this is it until later Sunday or Monday as I will have limited access to my computer. Wishing you a wonderful weekend! And thank you Mary Casey again!!!!!!!

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