Guest posting at You may be wondering, an unbelieable giveaway and a blue and white bash!

Hi there and Happy Monday morning to you! A few reaally fabulous things to tell you about today. Hope you had a wonderful weekend. Let’s get started…..? I am guest posting at one of my favorite blogging buddies blogs today….You may be wondering. Yes, I? am standing in for dear Sandy while she has to rough it in Europe, tough job but someone has to do it:)

?I bet she is having a splendid time! Since her blog is mostly centered around travel….I decided to walk down memory lane and highlight some of my favorite trips of all time. It was loads of fun to work on and reminisce over? I do hope you will stop on over to take a look! Here’s a sneak peek……


2. Also speaking of travel and good blogging friends, Vicki of uber elegant French Essence fame is offering the most amazing giveaway I have heard about in decades. Lets just say it involves a trip to France and? a stay at one heck of a glorious French home. Enticed? I bet you are…click here for all the details over at French Essence….bon voyage!

3. Love blue and white?? My friend, Jennifer over at gorgeous The Pink Pagoda is hosting a blue and white party! Imagine that….you will need to carve out hours (maybe days for me) to go through all the blue and white gorgeousness but how could I not participate!! So click here to be taken to blue and white nirvana…….

Do not forget about my Fall Fabulous Contest!! 3 more days to enter, here are the details……
“FALL FABULOUS” CONTEST DETAILS…..


From today until Oct. 2nd I am accepting pictures that represent what fall is to you.? It can be anything from how decorate your urns, to your front door, pictures of your kids or pets all decked out for fall, your favorite fall meal or decadent treat, a favorite fall outfit, a beautiful shot of foliage…whatever makes you happy about fall and what you think of when you hear “fall fabulous”.

I will then put all the pictures together and set up voting to take place over a certain number of days. I will then compile all the votes and announce a winner. I am going to be brainstorming for a fabulous prize, but assure you….it will be worth your while!

So don’t delay, get inspired and send in your pictures, I know how talented and inspiring you all are! Max. 2 pictures per entrant….pictures? can be emailed to? theenchantedhome@gmail.com. I can’t wait to get this off the ground!! PLEASE PUT FALL FABULOUS in the subject line. All pictures must be your own. Thanks for entering in advance 🙂

Guest posting at You may be wondering, an unbelieable giveaway and a blue and white bash!

Hi there and Happy Monday morning to you! A few reaally fabulous things to tell you about today. Hope you had a wonderful weekend. Let’s get started…..  I am guest posting at one of my favorite blogging buddies blogs today….You may be wondering. Yes, I  am standing in for dear Sandy while she has to rough it in Europe, tough job but someone has to do it:)

 I bet she is having a splendid time! Since her blog is mostly centered around travel….I decided to walk down memory lane and highlight some of my favorite trips of all time. It was loads of fun to work on and reminisce over  I do hope you will stop on over to take a look! Here’s a sneak peek……


2. Also speaking of travel and good blogging friends, Vicki of uber elegant French Essence fame is offering the most amazing giveaway I have heard about in decades. Lets just say it involves a trip to France and  a stay at one heck of a glorious French home. Enticed? I bet you are…click here for all the details over at French Essence….bon voyage!

3. Love blue and white?  My friend, Jennifer over at gorgeous The Pink Pagoda is hosting a blue and white party! Imagine that….you will need to carve out hours (maybe days for me) to go through all the blue and white gorgeousness but how could I not participate!! So click here to be taken to blue and white nirvana…….

Do not forget about my Fall Fabulous Contest!! 3 more days to enter, here are the details……
“FALL FABULOUS” CONTEST DETAILS…..

From today until Oct. 2nd I am accepting pictures that represent what fall is to you.  It can be anything from how decorate your urns, to your front door, pictures of your kids or pets all decked out for fall, your favorite fall meal or decadent treat, a favorite fall outfit, a beautiful shot of foliage…whatever makes you happy about fall and what you think of when you hear “fall fabulous”.

I will then put all the pictures together and set up voting to take place over a certain number of days. I will then compile all the votes and announce a winner. I am going to be brainstorming for a fabulous prize, but assure you….it will be worth your while!

So don’t delay, get inspired and send in your pictures, I know how talented and inspiring you all are! Max. 2 pictures per entrant….pictures  can be emailed to  theenchantedhome@gmail.com. I can’t wait to get this off the ground!! PLEASE PUT FALL FABULOUS in the subject line. All pictures must be your own. Thanks for entering in advance 🙂

A perfect fall day with Jennifer of The Pink Pagoda!

Good morning, so happy to be here today with Jennifer from The Pink Pagoda, one of my favorite design blogs who always has something beautiful to share. And lets not underscore our shared love of all things blue and white. But what I really love about Jennifer is her INSANELY gorgeous chinoiserie influenced prints and phone cases…..yes those phone cases that everyones always raving about and those prints you see in so many gorgeous rooms! Click here to see them in her swoonworthy shop. They are too pretty for words!

She is one talented lady and I am so happy she is here today sharing her perfect fall day. If you do not regularly visit The Pink Pagoda, you must, you must you must!! I promise you will be thrilled you did. I cannot think of a more stylish person to help close out this fall series than Jennifer. I will be posting my own take on a perfect fall day next week and that sadly, folks will be the end of this series as fall gets ushered out by ‘ol man winter. Thank you Jennifer for coming over here today and to everyone else for stopping in to share this day with us. Without further adieu,??here is the lovely and super stylish Jennifer…….

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I’m beyond thrilled to be at The Enchanted Home today telling you about my perfect fall day! ?Fall is my favorite season for several reasons. ?The biggest is that it’s such a huge RELIEF to feel the brisk air following a summer in Dallas. ?After the oppressive heat, the cooler weather is energizing. ?And even though I’m the mom of a high schooler, I still associate fall with the excitement and fun of school starting, football season, and all of the socializing that ensues.?
? I’m not a big fan of traditional fall colors, but I love to get to see the beautiful red leaves in autumn. ?I want to sit on this bench and enjoy all that color.
So, Tina flattered me by asking me to share my “perfect fall day.” ?A lot of this is pure fantasy. ?Not much of it bares any semblance to a “typical” fall day for me as I normally would be working. ?What fun to imagine all the possibilities! ?First, I would wake up around 9:00 to the sound of my husband bringing me coffee on this tray.
Geographically impossible, but this would be the view from my window. ?The day would be sunny, cloudless, and 60 degrees.

My breakfast would look something like this, but with lots of cracked pepper, some raspberry jelly and ?fresh strawberries.
On my perfect day, I’d have an outdoor space like above where I’d spend a bit of time after breakfast. ?With my iPad, a great interior design book, and more coffee, I’d be quite content.?

Then, I’d go inside and get dressed for the day. ?

When the weather starts getting cooler, I love this moisturizer. ?It’s very much worth the splurge. It provides the perfect amount of moisture without being heavy or greasy. ?Never mind that after ?purchasing it, the rest of my cosmetics need to come from CVS. ?

After my leisurely morning at home, my sister and I would visit blue print to shop for art and antiques. ?Of course, my fantasy day has to include lots of shopping. ?And, since it’s my perfect fall day, we would both purchase many items. ?
After all that shopping, we’d need some lunch. ?We’d head to Sevy’s to meet fun friends and brag?tell?about all of our morning’s purchases. ?I’d order the Hickory Grilled Chicken Salad which is pictured above. ?

After lunch, my sister and I would go to Ceylon et Cie, Michelle Nusbaumer’s shop, for more shopping. ?The two pagodas above would be mine.

Then we’d run by Again and Again?and?see lots of incredible mid-century that we simply couldn’t live without. ?By this point in the day, it’s most likely carpool time. ?On my perfect fall day, my daughter would have no homework or extra-curricular activities, so we’d go for gelato at Paciugo, and I’d hear all about her day.


Then, we’d go home, rest a bit, and get ready for an evening out. ?My husband, daughter and I love La Duni. ?I’d order what you see below, and we’d all share the Cuatro Leches cake which is even tastier than it looks.

My daughter and I adore musical theater. ?My husband will gladly escort us to performances, so we’d go straight from dinner to The Winspear Opera House where my favorite musical, Guys and Dolls, would be playing.?
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My daughter and I had the best time coming up with our fantasy cast. ?What an incredible show this would be! ?If any readers out there happen to be casting directors, please see what you can do to make this happen.

What a perfect way to end a perfect day!

Thank you so much, Tina, for having me. ?I’m so excited to get to be part of your fun series. ?I absolutely loved imagining my perfect fall day and getting to be here!
OK Jennifer, you have every one of my senses in serious overdrive here!! Can I please join you for this fall day? Its too amazing to not share:) From the outfit to the delectable food choices to that gorgeous sunroom to decompress from all the fabulousness…..and then ending it with the dream cast? Hellooooooo……this has my name all over it too! And the chic shopping stops and gelato breaks is the icing on the cake! Perfect in every way. I am sure everyone reading this is nodding their head in agreement right about now:)? Click here to visit Jennifer over at The Pink Pagoda. Thank you for sharing this amazing day with us, and wishing everyone a really fabulous fall day! (Enjoy them while they last). Kind of makes me wish fall could stick around a little longer!
Don’t forget if you missed my post yesterday on the gorgeous pewter napkin ring giveaway, stop on over to the post (must leave a comment on that post to be eligible) click here.

A perfect fall day with Jennifer of The Pink Pagoda!

Good morning, so happy to be here today with Jennifer from The Pink Pagoda, one of my favorite design blogs who always has something beautiful to share. And lets not underscore our shared love of all things blue and white. But what I really love about Jennifer is her INSANELY gorgeous chinoiserie influenced prints and phone cases…..yes those phone cases that everyones always raving about and those prints you see in so many gorgeous rooms! Click here to see them in her swoonworthy shop. They are too pretty for words!

She is one talented lady and I am so happy she is here today sharing her perfect fall day. If you do not regularly visit The Pink Pagoda, you must, you must you must!! I promise you will be thrilled you did. I cannot think of a more stylish person to help close out this fall series than Jennifer. I will be posting my own take on a perfect fall day next week and that sadly, folks will be the end of this series as fall gets ushered out by ‘ol man winter. Thank you Jennifer for coming over here today and to everyone else for stopping in to share this day with us. Without further adieu,  here is the lovely and super stylish Jennifer…….

 
 
 

I’m beyond thrilled to be at The Enchanted Home today telling you about my perfect fall day!  Fall is my favorite season for several reasons.  The biggest is that it’s such a huge RELIEF to feel the brisk air following a summer in Dallas.  After the oppressive heat, the cooler weather is energizing.  And even though I’m the mom of a high schooler, I still associate fall with the excitement and fun of school starting, football season, and all of the socializing that ensues. 
  I’m not a big fan of traditional fall colors, but I love to get to see the beautiful red leaves in autumn.  I want to sit on this bench and enjoy all that color.
So, Tina flattered me by asking me to share my “perfect fall day.”  A lot of this is pure fantasy.  Not much of it bares any semblance to a “typical” fall day for me as I normally would be working.  What fun to imagine all the possibilities!  First, I would wake up around 9:00 to the sound of my husband bringing me coffee on this tray.
Geographically impossible, but this would be the view from my window.  The day would be sunny, cloudless, and 60 degrees.

My breakfast would look something like this, but with lots of cracked pepper, some raspberry jelly and  fresh strawberries.
On my perfect day, I’d have an outdoor space like above where I’d spend a bit of time after breakfast.  With my iPad, a great interior design book, and more coffee, I’d be quite content. 

Then, I’d go inside and get dressed for the day.  

When the weather starts getting cooler, I love this moisturizer.  It’s very much worth the splurge. It provides the perfect amount of moisture without being heavy or greasy.  Never mind that after  purchasing it, the rest of my cosmetics need to come from CVS.  

After my leisurely morning at home, my sister and I would visit blue print to shop for art and antiques.  Of course, my fantasy day has to include lots of shopping.  And, since it’s my perfect fall day, we would both purchase many items.  
After all that shopping, we’d need some lunch.  We’d head to Sevy’s to meet fun friends and brag tell about all of our morning’s purchases.  I’d order the Hickory Grilled Chicken Salad which is pictured above.  

After lunch, my sister and I would go to Ceylon et Cie, Michelle Nusbaumer’s shop, for more shopping.  The two pagodas above would be mine.

Then we’d run by Again and Again and see lots of incredible mid-century that we simply couldn’t live without.  By this point in the day, it’s most likely carpool time.  On my perfect fall day, my daughter would have no homework or extra-curricular activities, so we’d go for gelato at Paciugo, and I’d hear all about her day.


Then, we’d go home, rest a bit, and get ready for an evening out.  My husband, daughter and I love La Duni.  I’d order what you see below, and we’d all share the Cuatro Leches cake which is even tastier than it looks.

My daughter and I adore musical theater.  My husband will gladly escort us to performances, so we’d go straight from dinner to The Winspear Opera House where my favorite musical, Guys and Dolls, would be playing. 
  
My daughter and I had the best time coming up with our fantasy cast.  What an incredible show this would be!  If any readers out there happen to be casting directors, please see what you can do to make this happen.

What a perfect way to end a perfect day!

Thank you so much, Tina, for having me.  I’m so excited to get to be part of your fun series.  I absolutely loved imagining my perfect fall day and getting to be here!
OK Jennifer, you have every one of my senses in serious overdrive here!! Can I please join you for this fall day? Its too amazing to not share:) From the outfit to the delectable food choices to that gorgeous sunroom to decompress from all the fabulousness…..and then ending it with the dream cast? Hellooooooo……this has my name all over it too! And the chic shopping stops and gelato breaks is the icing on the cake! Perfect in every way. I am sure everyone reading this is nodding their head in agreement right about now:)  Click here to visit Jennifer over at The Pink Pagoda. Thank you for sharing this amazing day with us, and wishing everyone a really fabulous fall day! (Enjoy them while they last). Kind of makes me wish fall could stick around a little longer!
Don’t forget if you missed my post yesterday on the gorgeous pewter napkin ring giveaway, stop on over to the post (must leave a comment on that post to be eligible) click here.

Midweek musings…..

Good morning to you! Ever feel like there simply are not enough hours in your day? Well, that’s how I have felt all week and I suspect its only going to get worse as we near the holiday craziness. Thank God for coffee!? This is another all over the map post but its a fun excuse for me to talk about this and that.? On the home front, I am awaiting pillows and a dust ruffle to be done for the guest room which I cannot wait for, its coming out so? pretty! Will share as soon as its all together! I have included a few pics taken with my camera this time of the loggia all done. (taken on a dreary morning…)

Just had the floor cleaned and grouted……cannot wait to furnish this space and light that fire!

I just have to say again how honored I am to have been chosen by Homegoods as their blog of choice for the classic look!! It was so exciting to partner with them for the wonderful giveaway from last week. More to come!! Seeing my name on their website gives me such a thrill and truly is a wonderful validation of what I am doing….thank you Homegoods. You rock!
Click here to take their Stylescope quiz and see what style you are!


Saw two movies this past weekend, both which I really really enjoyed. The first one, The Intouchables I was supposed to see two weekends ago but plans changed and we didn’t go, I was bummed. I was happy we got to see it and it did not disappoint. A wonderful typically European film that touches the heart and moves the soul. I so enjoyed it as I do many foreign films.
The second one, Arbitrage with Richard Gere and Susan Sarandon centered around a filthy rich but very corrupt wall street tycoon and the story rings true about what has gone on for so long, its well done, riveting and I also enjoyed it for different reasons.

There are two movies coming that I cannot wait to see! Besides Le Mis of course:) I have included the trailers because I am not sure they will be considered “mainstream movies’ that you will see in every theater, but the previews have me waiting in bated breath to see them! Here they are….

WAR OF THE BUTTONS…..




RUST AND BONE…..

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Seen anything good on your end lately?

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I have never talked about of all things,? a brush before,? but seriously this brush saved my hair:) I have the most sensitive scalp on the planet, ever since I was a little I cried and cried whenever my hair was brushed. To this day when I am getting my hair done I normally wash my hair at home before going to the salon just to avoid the dreadful shampoo/scrub? that so many crave. Well……..this little brush is a miracle, I am not kidding! I venture to say I even look forward to brushing my hair, crazy? No, its incredible and for anyone who has a sensitive scalp like me or possibly girls with one….cannot recommend this enough. I call this the miracle brush but its real name is the wet brush…..the link is included under the picture. Yes, its that good!

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The Wet Brush

?http://www.mywetbrush.com/

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I love to cook during the cozy season…..fall and winter. When its cold outside, nothing beats a warm something cooking away on the stove inside. I have posted about this soup before but its worth repeating, this is a very hearty soup for all you soup lovers. If could stand on its own as a meal, served with crusty french bread, yum! This is a staple in our home and it never disappoints on a cold wintry day.?

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Pasta e?Fagiole Soup

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons (2 turns around the pan) extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/8 pound (about 4 slices)?pancetta, chopped (I do not chop it, it naturally falls apart while cooking)
  • 1 (4 to 6-inch) sprig?thyme?with several sprigs on it, left intact (use sparingly)
  • 1 large fresh?bay leaf?or 2 dried bay leaves (I use 3 fresh)
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 small carrot, finely chopped
  • 1 rib celery, finely chopped
  • 4 large cloves garlic, chopped
  • Coarse salt and pepper
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans cannellini beans
  • 1 cup canned tomato sauce or canned crushed?tomatoes?or fresh tomato sauce
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 quart?chicken stock
  • 1 1/2 cups ditalini
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • Grated Parmigiano or?Romano, for the table

Directions

Heat a deep pot over medium high heat and add oil and pancetta. Brown the pancetta bits lightly, and add herb stems, bay leaf, chopped vegetables, and garlic. Season vegetables with salt and pepper. Add?beans, tomato sauce, water, and stock to pot and raise heat to high. Bring soup to a rapid boil and then simmer. Rosemary and thyme leaves will separate from stems as soup cooks. Remove herb stems and bay leaf from soup and place pot on table on a?trivet. At this point, once you have removed your pot from heat, set aside and then put in your pasta. The heat will naturally cook the pasta but just perfectly, not too hot..and will result in a soup with al dente pasta as it should be. Is anything worse than a great soup with mushy pasta? Let soup rest and begin to cool for a few minutes. Ladle soup into bowls and top with lots of grated?cheese. Serve with bread and enjoy……this is a real treat!





Its fun sharing the results of which Would you choose and this weeks was particularly fun, so want to know who took top prize? Well there were several who vied for top spot, and a few ties. I am happy to say everyone got at least one vote, I was feeling sorry for poor Steven Spielberg but finally he got two votes, so he can sleep tonight:) Here’s the top four………

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Bill Clinton with 25 votes

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Princess Diana with 23 votes

Thomas Jefferson (oh yea)? with 17 votes


Leonardo Da Vinci and Meryl with 15 votes

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And Mother Teresa, Maya and Coco were right behind Leonardo in a dead tie.



A fascinating bunch to say the least!

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Did you know Isaac Mizrahi came out with a shoe line? I fell in love with these darling pumps, am a sucker for anything with bows. Love the combinations…ordered them in two combinations and will likely keep just one unless I happen to fall in love with both. Aren’t? these so much fun?

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Shop? news……a few of the planters/statuary items are being phased out and some beautiful new pieces added. Two of the new additions are pieces I already own and love!? All new ones will be added as of tomorrow. This is one of my favorite lines, so versatile and love that you can pick them up and carry them around, the look of real stone with the ease of fiberglass. These will all be offered in one of six finishes, so you can truly customize it to your liking! Click here to visit my shop. I cannot wait to fill mine with sprigs of holiday greenery and pinecones!

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The popular white moss finish

Pinecone Topiary
Love this pine cone topiary….ordered a pair in the white moss finish, so perfect for a holiday console table! Stands about 22″ tall.
?Feast Of Bacchus VesselEgg & Dart Round Urn 14
?And one of mine filled with artichokes……

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Napkin rings…oh those napkin rings are such a hit. It is so funny because as soon as people get them they want to order more. They are like a healthy addiction.? They are one of those things you have to see in person, to feel and touch, they are truly special. I got in a few new styles. I cannot wait to set my holiday table with these babies! Here’s a few of the new ones…….

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One of the Santas holding a tree

Sly fox pulling a cart

The adorable whimsical conga line (can be made with virtually any animal or breed of dog)

The hare atop the tortoise

The owl and bunny on a moving see saw

Bunny pulling the cart

Bunny in the garden

Sly fox with pinecones
Another adorable version of an amimal conga line
A Basset Hound next to two birdies

Humm…is this a Scottish terrier with his dog bowl? I need to know all you dog experts!

A type of Terrier

The hare atop the tortoise
Pretty awesome aren’t they? They are soon going to have their own section on my online store but for now can be found under new additions, click here to visit.

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You know I love showing off my customers homes that are featured in “Your enchanted homes” on my store site where I feature my customers homes and the items they bought from me, here’s a few new additions..pretty gorgeous! Click here if you want to see the rest of them. Keep em coming!?

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Another dough bowl finds its way to a happy home:)
Love this amazingly beautiful vignette….soooo pretty!



My silver planter with horn handles being used in all the gorgeous bathrooms in a super elegant new bed and breakfast (more on this next week)!
?How about this gorgeous gracious hallway/entrance with the floral etched lantern? Stunning!
OK, time to fess up. How many of you have gotten a new phone or were very tempted to get a new phone just because you totally fell in love with a phone case that is not made for your current phone? My hands way up in the air. I cannot wait to get my new phone…..all so I can order one of these amazingly cute, chic phone cases from the ever so talented The Pink Pagoda. I mean seriously, people…is this not the cutest phone EVER? Click here to visit and get one for yourself. Forewarning, she makes a boatload of other AMAZING items like stunning prints, pillows,etc……don’t say I didn’t warn you:)

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Well that’s about it over here. I will probably be back on Friday to wrap up the week. What’s new with you? Are you enjoying beautiful fall foliage where you are? Here, things are really starting to rev up and its looking spectacular. I will be sure to share some of my pictures next week. We are headed up north this weekend and I will be sure my camera is charged and ready for what I know will be plenty of photo ops, I think the further north we travel the more ” peak” the foliage will be…cannot wait! Wishing you a wonderful day!


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Midweek musings…..

Good morning to you! Ever feel like there simply are not enough hours in your day? Well, that’s how I have felt all week and I suspect its only going to get worse as we near the holiday craziness. Thank God for coffee!  This is another all over the map post but its a fun excuse for me to talk about this and that.  On the home front, I am awaiting pillows and a dust ruffle to be done for the guest room which I cannot wait for, its coming out so  pretty! Will share as soon as its all together! I have included a few pics taken with my camera this time of the loggia all done. (taken on a dreary morning…)

Just had the floor cleaned and grouted……cannot wait to furnish this space and light that fire!

I just have to say again how honored I am to have been chosen by Homegoods as their blog of choice for the classic look!! It was so exciting to partner with them for the wonderful giveaway from last week. More to come!! Seeing my name on their website gives me such a thrill and truly is a wonderful validation of what I am doing….thank you Homegoods. You rock!
Click here to take their Stylescope quiz and see what style you are!


Saw two movies this past weekend, both which I really really enjoyed. The first one, The Intouchables I was supposed to see two weekends ago but plans changed and we didn’t go, I was bummed. I was happy we got to see it and it did not disappoint. A wonderful typically European film that touches the heart and moves the soul. I so enjoyed it as I do many foreign films.
The second one, Arbitrage with Richard Gere and Susan Sarandon centered around a filthy rich but very corrupt wall street tycoon and the story rings true about what has gone on for so long, its well done, riveting and I also enjoyed it for different reasons.

There are two movies coming that I cannot wait to see! Besides Le Mis of course:) I have included the trailers because I am not sure they will be considered “mainstream movies’ that you will see in every theater, but the previews have me waiting in bated breath to see them! Here they are….

WAR OF THE BUTTONS…..

RUST AND BONE…..
 


 
Seen anything good on your end lately?
 
I have never talked about of all things,  a brush before,  but seriously this brush saved my hair:) I have the most sensitive scalp on the planet, ever since I was a little I cried and cried whenever my hair was brushed. To this day when I am getting my hair done I normally wash my hair at home before going to the salon just to avoid the dreadful shampoo/scrub  that so many crave. Well……..this little brush is a miracle, I am not kidding! I venture to say I even look forward to brushing my hair, crazy? No, its incredible and for anyone who has a sensitive scalp like me or possibly girls with one….cannot recommend this enough. I call this the miracle brush but its real name is the wet brush…..the link is included under the picture. Yes, its that good!
 
The Wet Brush
 http://www.mywetbrush.com/
 
 
I love to cook during the cozy season…..fall and winter. When its cold outside, nothing beats a warm something cooking away on the stove inside. I have posted about this soup before but its worth repeating, this is a very hearty soup for all you soup lovers. If could stand on its own as a meal, served with crusty french bread, yum! This is a staple in our home and it never disappoints on a cold wintry day. 
 
 

Pasta e Fagiole Soup

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons (2 turns around the pan) extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/8 pound (about 4 slices) pancetta, chopped (I do not chop it, it naturally falls apart while cooking)
  • 1 (4 to 6-inch) sprig thyme with several sprigs on it, left intact (use sparingly)
  • 1 large fresh bay leaf or 2 dried bay leaves (I use 3 fresh)
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 small carrot, finely chopped
  • 1 rib celery, finely chopped
  • 4 large cloves garlic, chopped
  • Coarse salt and pepper
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans cannellini beans
  • 1 cup canned tomato sauce or canned crushed tomatoes or fresh tomato sauce
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 quart chicken stock
  • 1 1/2 cups ditalini
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • Grated Parmigiano or Romano, for the table

Directions

Heat a deep pot over medium high heat and add oil and pancetta. Brown the pancetta bits lightly, and add herb stems, bay leaf, chopped vegetables, and garlic. Season vegetables with salt and pepper. Add beans, tomato sauce, water, and stock to pot and raise heat to high. Bring soup to a rapid boil and then simmer. Rosemary and thyme leaves will separate from stems as soup cooks. Remove herb stems and bay leaf from soup and place pot on table on a trivet. At this point, once you have removed your pot from heat, set aside and then put in your pasta. The heat will naturally cook the pasta but just perfectly, not too hot..and will result in a soup with al dente pasta as it should be. Is anything worse than a great soup with mushy pasta? Let soup rest and begin to cool for a few minutes. Ladle soup into bowls and top with lots of grated cheese. Serve with bread and enjoy……this is a real treat!

Its fun sharing the results of which Would you choose and this weeks was particularly fun, so want to know who took top prize? Well there were several who vied for top spot, and a few ties. I am happy to say everyone got at least one vote, I was feeling sorry for poor Steven Spielberg but finally he got two votes, so he can sleep tonight:) Here’s the top four………
 

Bill Clinton with 25 votes

 
Princess Diana with 23 votes

Thomas Jefferson (oh yea)  with 17 votes

Leonardo Da Vinci and Meryl with 15 votes
 
And Mother Teresa, Maya and Coco were right behind Leonardo in a dead tie.

A fascinating bunch to say the least!
 
Did you know Isaac Mizrahi came out with a shoe line? I fell in love with these darling pumps, am a sucker for anything with bows. Love the combinations…ordered them in two combinations and will likely keep just one unless I happen to fall in love with both. Aren’t  these so much fun?
 
Shop  news……a few of the planters/statuary items are being phased out and some beautiful new pieces added. Two of the new additions are pieces I already own and love!  All new ones will be added as of tomorrow. This is one of my favorite lines, so versatile and love that you can pick them up and carry them around, the look of real stone with the ease of fiberglass. These will all be offered in one of six finishes, so you can truly customize it to your liking! Click here to visit my shop. I cannot wait to fill mine with sprigs of holiday greenery and pinecones!
 

The popular white moss finish

Pinecone Topiary
Love this pine cone topiary….ordered a pair in the white moss finish, so perfect for a holiday console table! Stands about 22″ tall.
 Feast Of Bacchus VesselEgg & Dart Round Urn 14
 And one of mine filled with artichokes……

 
 
Napkin rings…oh those napkin rings are such a hit. It is so funny because as soon as people get them they want to order more. They are like a healthy addiction.  They are one of those things you have to see in person, to feel and touch, they are truly special. I got in a few new styles. I cannot wait to set my holiday table with these babies! Here’s a few of the new ones…….
 

One of the Santas holding a tree

Sly fox pulling a cart

The adorable whimsical conga line (can be made with virtually any animal or breed of dog)

The hare atop the tortoise

The owl and bunny on a moving see saw

Bunny pulling the cart

Bunny in the garden

Sly fox with pinecones
Another adorable version of an amimal conga line
A Basset Hound next to two birdies

Humm…is this a Scottish terrier with his dog bowl? I need to know all you dog experts!

A type of Terrier

The hare atop the tortoise
Pretty awesome aren’t they? They are soon going to have their own section on my online store but for now can be found under new additions, click here to visit.

 
 
You know I love showing off my customers homes that are featured in “Your enchanted homes” on my store site where I feature my customers homes and the items they bought from me, here’s a few new additions..pretty gorgeous! Click here if you want to see the rest of them. Keep em coming! 
 

Another dough bowl finds its way to a happy home:)
Love this amazingly beautiful vignette….soooo pretty!

My silver planter with horn handles being used in all the gorgeous bathrooms in a super elegant new bed and breakfast (more on this next week)!
 How about this gorgeous gracious hallway/entrance with the floral etched lantern? Stunning!
OK, time to fess up. How many of you have gotten a new phone or were very tempted to get a new phone just because you totally fell in love with a phone case that is not made for your current phone? My hands way up in the air. I cannot wait to get my new phone…..all so I can order one of these amazingly cute, chic phone cases from the ever so talented The Pink Pagoda. I mean seriously, people…is this not the cutest phone EVER? Click here to visit and get one for yourself. Forewarning, she makes a boatload of other AMAZING items like stunning prints, pillows,etc……don’t say I didn’t warn you:)

 

Well that’s about it over here. I will probably be back on Friday to wrap up the week. What’s new with you? Are you enjoying beautiful fall foliage where you are? Here, things are really starting to rev up and its looking spectacular. I will be sure to share some of my pictures next week. We are headed up north this weekend and I will be sure my camera is charged and ready for what I know will be plenty of photo ops, I think the further north we travel the more ” peak” the foliage will be…cannot wait! Wishing you a wonderful day!

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Guest posting at Pink Pagoda!

Hi there, hope you had a restful and happy weekend. Ours was pretty relaxing I must say…..and yesterday I got to spend the day doing very little which was a mega treat. I actually made spaghetti carbonara, a decadent ‘once in a while” treat and pistachio ice cream sandwiches which my family DEVOURS. So it was a good day…and when you have great food in the mix, that’s kind of the perfect finishing touch! I also want to say how very much I enjoyed reading over all your answers yesterday……fascinating!! I made a short list of movies that I haven’t seen that rank high on the list for you…..love those kinds of exercises! Thank you for participating.

?This morning I am so excited to be over at Jennifer’s super chic blog, The Pink Pagoda. If you love chinoiserie, all things blue and white and fabulous design then you are going to just loooooove The Pink Pagoda. She asked me to guest post for her popular “Blue and white Mondays” post and the subject had me tickled pink to step aboard. Here is just a sampling of her “beautiful with a capital B” work that is all available for sale…you go girl! Please do stop over to visit my post and say hello and discover a blog that you won’t be able to stay away from! See you over there and thanks Jennifer!

I mean can we just talk about fabulous this blog header is! Think that sets the tone…..(click on the header to head on over)

And some of her amazing prints, stationary and of course those totally fabulous iPhone cases…..talk about making a beautiful statement!



Lest regular stamps just not cut it….here you go!

All of her things are available through her Etsy shop and the iPhone cases and stamps are for sale over at Zazzle. You know you want something…..I mean her things are so much fun, elegant, stylish and best of all affordable! See you over there! Click here to visit. Have a fabulous day.

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Guest posting at Pink Pagoda!

Hi there, hope you had a restful and happy weekend. Ours was pretty relaxing I must say…..and yesterday I got to spend the day doing very little which was a mega treat. I actually made spaghetti carbonara, a decadent ‘once in a while” treat and pistachio ice cream sandwiches which my family DEVOURS. So it was a good day…and when you have great food in the mix, that’s kind of the perfect finishing touch! I also want to say how very much I enjoyed reading over all your answers yesterday……fascinating!! I made a short list of movies that I haven’t seen that rank high on the list for you…..love those kinds of exercises! Thank you for participating.

 This morning I am so excited to be over at Jennifer’s super chic blog, The Pink Pagoda. If you love chinoiserie, all things blue and white and fabulous design then you are going to just loooooove The Pink Pagoda. She asked me to guest post for her popular “Blue and white Mondays” post and the subject had me tickled pink to step aboard. Here is just a sampling of her “beautiful with a capital B” work that is all available for sale…you go girl! Please do stop over to visit my post and say hello and discover a blog that you won’t be able to stay away from! See you over there and thanks Jennifer!

I mean can we just talk about fabulous this blog header is! Think that sets the tone…..(click on the header to head on over)

And some of her amazing prints, stationary and of course those totally fabulous iPhone cases…..talk about making a beautiful statement!

Lest regular stamps just not cut it….here you go!

All of her things are available through her Etsy shop and the iPhone cases and stamps are for sale over at Zazzle. You know you want something…..I mean her things are so much fun, elegant, stylish and best of all affordable! See you over there! Click here to visit. Have a fabulous day.

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Bits and pieces I am loving……chapter 1

Good Saturday morning. As we continue to settle in, I am slowly thinking about furnishing this place! Right now I am concentrating on getting the kitchen, family room and breakfast room done. I have ordered bedding for my bedroom as well as my sons and will start working on window treatments. I am excited about the dining and living room and unlike my last house, where I took my time so much so that by the time we sold it after seven years after building it, I had just finished the dining room. I am determined this time to be much more expeditious in getting this house done! So in my travels, just some odds and ends that I am enjoying and liking very much. Thought I would share…..this will be a likely occurrence as I continue to scour the market for furnishings, fabrics and such hence the “chapter 1”.?



Also I was so happy to discover a simple button on my camera had not been set (auto light) and voila when I pressed it, I finally got the natural light in the pictures I had been wanting! Phew….I was starting to get annoyed as that meant I was going to have to read the manual and anyone who knows me knows how I hate reading manuals more than anything next to assembling something:) So here’s a picture of my kitchen with the new setting….much better!!

SO much better, right?



Now onto bits and pieces I am loving……..




Safavieh Home. Love their?new Dutch Collection. I absolutely love every single piece in this entire collection! What beauty, all made of reclaimed wood and then painted and antiqued, whats not to love. Talk about statement pieces!!! Click here to visit.




Williams Sonoma…I don’t think they have ever looked better. Love all their monogrammed goodies as much for myself as for gift giving. And they have some fabulous lighting as well as beautiful high thread count bedding, monogrammed of course! Click here to visit them.


Decorative Crafts Lighting.I have spoken often about how much I like Decorative Crafts lighting. Their things are very well made, most made in Italy and are simply stunning. We used many of their things in our old home and are using sconces and lanterns from them in our new home. Click here to visit them.

PINK PAGODA I showed a few from Thursdays post…but they are so darn cute!! I love the statement this chic little case makes! Click here to visit!

So thats my bits and pieces for today. Anything exciting over on your end? Hope everyone has a great weekend, we have dinner plans, son left for a ski trip to Utah early this morning and hopefully tomorrow is going to be that long awaited lazy Sunday I have been longing for!!

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Bits and pieces I am loving……chapter 1

Good Saturday morning. As we continue to settle in, I am slowly thinking about furnishing this place! Right now I am concentrating on getting the kitchen, family room and breakfast room done. I have ordered bedding for my bedroom as well as my sons and will start working on window treatments. I am excited about the dining and living room and unlike my last house, where I took my time so much so that by the time we sold it after seven years after building it, I had just finished the dining room. I am determined this time to be much more expeditious in getting this house done! So in my travels, just some odds and ends that I am enjoying and liking very much. Thought I would share…..this will be a likely occurrence as I continue to scour the market for furnishings, fabrics and such hence the “chapter 1”. 

Also I was so happy to discover a simple button on my camera had not been set (auto light) and voila when I pressed it, I finally got the natural light in the pictures I had been wanting! Phew….I was starting to get annoyed as that meant I was going to have to read the manual and anyone who knows me knows how I hate reading manuals more than anything next to assembling something:) So here’s a picture of my kitchen with the new setting….much better!!

SO much better, right?


Now onto bits and pieces I am loving……..

Safavieh Home. Love their new Dutch Collection. I absolutely love every single piece in this entire collection! What beauty, all made of reclaimed wood and then painted and antiqued, whats not to love. Talk about statement pieces!!! Click here to visit.

Williams Sonoma…I don’t think they have ever looked better. Love all their monogrammed goodies as much for myself as for gift giving. And they have some fabulous lighting as well as beautiful high thread count bedding, monogrammed of course! Click here to visit them.


Decorative Crafts Lighting.I have spoken often about how much I like Decorative Crafts lighting. Their things are very well made, most made in Italy and are simply stunning. We used many of their things in our old home and are using sconces and lanterns from them in our new home. Click here to visit them.

PINK PAGODA I showed a few from Thursdays post…but they are so darn cute!! I love the statement this chic little case makes! Click here to visit!

So thats my bits and pieces for today. Anything exciting over on your end? Hope everyone has a great weekend, we have dinner plans, son left for a ski trip to Utah early this morning and hopefully tomorrow is going to be that long awaited lazy Sunday I have been longing for!!

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