Bring on the green…..and a green thumb giveaway!

Good Thursday morning to you!? One of my favorite things, especially this time of year is gardening, watching everything turn from a pale dull brown to a rich vivid green. Of course normally in April, we are getting our gardening gloves out, and hitting our local nurseries on a weekly basis. Don’t know about you but over here we are still having winter like weather….mother nature are you listening? Assuming spring really is coming…….is anything more exciting than seeing a simple long stalk start to bloom into something wonderful, floral and fragrant? I think not! I love it and except for the potential poison ivy risk (for those of use who are allergic like me), nothing can keep me away.

I have a particular obsession with white flowers against manicured boxwood, have for years and my online album is chock full of reasons why this combination works. So today, we are taking a look at all the beautiful ways to grow a beautiful lawn/garden and then the lowdown on a wonderful gardening gloves giveaway courtesy of?? Angela’s Garden, home to some of the prettiest gardening items? I have ever come across.? So its a double treat today. How about you? Do you have a green thumb or maybe an “aspiring” green thumb?

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White against the green is always spectacular!

? This is total perfection!! Vicki Archer of French Essence

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Who said blue and white porcelain is just for the inside!

?Love the way the white flowers border this magnificent hydrangea garden! Dirt Simple

Love the idea of a pebble walkway bordering a lush green lawn, Grace Design

?Love the tulips with the topiaries…..Midway Nursery
Stunning white hydrangeas with the rich dark green…..so pretty! Deborah Cerbone

I love the idea of an arbor feel…and the white flowers against the green backdrop is breathtaking! Grace Design

I want to be sitting there right now with Teddy at my feet, a cold glass of lemonade and a great book! Care to join me? Statlie Todd

Adore the gorgeous roses flanking this stunning balustrade wall……I bet the scent is intoxicating!Grace Design
Totally dreamy! I love small courtyards and intimate enclosed spaces like this…..
YES to climbing ivy!!!!!!!!

?How beautiful and luscious this is! Lenk Design
You know my feelings on black doors, topiaries and ivy!

?Breathtaking! Proof that white and green are always a winning combination! Deborah Cerbone

This space is incredible!

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Love how the orbs have a “base” of beautiful white flowers…gorgeous! Deborah Silver

Another beautiful shot of s small enclosed courtyard, so inviting and lush….

? Love the orbs, statuary and the boxwood wreath


? Wow!! Isn’t this a stunner of a garden, Tuinadvise

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?Never has green, purple and white looked so spectacular together!

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And to get your green thumb on…..here is the giveaway lowdown from Angela’s Garden!


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GIVEAWAY!! A wonderful giveaway from my favorite gardening website, Angela’s garden. In honor of the spring and gardening season just arriving, they are offering a wonderful gardening giveaway of a gorgeous pair of gardening gloves and matching knee pads!! Such a great thing to win….and the perfect items to get your green thumb in motion!?

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To be eligible, just visit Angela’s Garden by clicking here, come back and tell me a favorite item or pattern. Want a second chance? Like them or leave a comment on their Facebook page,? click here to visit them at Facebook. I will announce? the lucky winner on Friday morning!

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All anonymous users…you MUST include your first name and last name initial in the body of the comment to be eligible.

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And the matching knee pads (all available in one of four colors)

On a totally different sidenote…..I just got 10 more of the navy trimmed raffia bag that sold out almost immediately. I promised to announce if I was able to get more. This is it for the season so if you were one of those who wanted to buy it but got there too late….they’re back for a short time! Its such a chic bag and only $75.00! Click here to purchase.
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Bring on the green…..and a green thumb giveaway!

Good Thursday morning to you!  One of my favorite things, especially this time of year is gardening, watching everything turn from a pale dull brown to a rich vivid green. Of course normally in April, we are getting our gardening gloves out, and hitting our local nurseries on a weekly basis. Don’t know about you but over here we are still having winter like weather….mother nature are you listening? Assuming spring really is coming…….is anything more exciting than seeing a simple long stalk start to bloom into something wonderful, floral and fragrant? I think not! I love it and except for the potential poison ivy risk (for those of use who are allergic like me), nothing can keep me away.

I have a particular obsession with white flowers against manicured boxwood, have for years and my online album is chock full of reasons why this combination works. So today, we are taking a look at all the beautiful ways to grow a beautiful lawn/garden and then the lowdown on a wonderful gardening gloves giveaway courtesy of   Angela’s Garden, home to some of the prettiest gardening items  I have ever come across.  So its a double treat today. How about you? Do you have a green thumb or maybe an “aspiring” green thumb?

 

White against the green is always spectacular!

  This is total perfection!! Vicki Archer of French Essence
 

Who said blue and white porcelain is just for the inside!

 Love the way the white flowers border this magnificent hydrangea garden! Dirt Simple

Love the idea of a pebble walkway bordering a lush green lawn, Grace Design

 Love the tulips with the topiaries…..Midway Nursery
Stunning white hydrangeas with the rich dark green…..so pretty! Deborah Cerbone

I love the idea of an arbor feel…and the white flowers against the green backdrop is breathtaking! Grace Design

I want to be sitting there right now with Teddy at my feet, a cold glass of lemonade and a great book! Care to join me? Statlie Todd

Adore the gorgeous roses flanking this stunning balustrade wall……I bet the scent is intoxicating!Grace Design
Totally dreamy! I love small courtyards and intimate enclosed spaces like this…..
YES to climbing ivy!!!!!!!!

 How beautiful and luscious this is! Lenk Design
You know my feelings on black doors, topiaries and ivy!

 Breathtaking! Proof that white and green are always a winning combination! Deborah Cerbone

This space is incredible!

 
Love how the orbs have a “base” of beautiful white flowers…gorgeous! Deborah Silver

Another beautiful shot of s small enclosed courtyard, so inviting and lush….

  Love the orbs, statuary and the boxwood wreath

  Wow!! Isn’t this a stunner of a garden, Tuinadvise
 

 Never has green, purple and white looked so spectacular together!
 
 
And to get your green thumb on…..here is the giveaway lowdown from Angela’s Garden!
 
 
GIVEAWAY!! A wonderful giveaway from my favorite gardening website, Angela’s garden. In honor of the spring and gardening season just arriving, they are offering a wonderful gardening giveaway of a gorgeous pair of gardening gloves and matching knee pads!! Such a great thing to win….and the perfect items to get your green thumb in motion! 
 
To be eligible, just visit Angela’s Garden by clicking here, come back and tell me a favorite item or pattern. Want a second chance? Like them or leave a comment on their Facebook page,  click here to visit them at Facebook. I will announce  the lucky winner on Friday morning!
 
All anonymous users…you MUST include your first name and last name initial in the body of the comment to be eligible.
 

 

And the matching knee pads (all available in one of four colors)

On a totally different sidenote…..I just got 10 more of the navy trimmed raffia bag that sold out almost immediately. I promised to announce if I was able to get more. This is it for the season so if you were one of those who wanted to buy it but got there too late….they’re back for a short time! Its such a chic bag and only $75.00! Click here to purchase.
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Things I am loving Thursday and house updates!

Good morning, hope everyone is having a good week, hard to believe we are practically in October! Don’t know about where you are, but around here, its been raining cats and dogs. Humidity off the charts, NOT a good hair day lately! My hats have been seeing lots of use. My week has been busy and overwhelming. Lots of decisions still being made, and now that we are at last starting to tackle the decorating end, I REALLY feel overwhelmed! There has been non stop work going on over at the house but I don’t feel the pictures of this weeks progress will fully reflect that so I am just enclosing less than the usual amount of pictures as well as a few things I am loving this week, next week promises to be a full mega packed post of things as many things are happening next week! We are still aiming to move in by late October, so we are forging ahead fast and furious! Here we go…….



HOUSE UPDATES. Though there has been a lot going on this week, the pictures might not fairly show the progress being made. Come next week however, there are going to be big changes on the horizon. For one the countertops start getting put in, the biggest though is that the limestone..yes that LONG awaited limestone for the front entrance that we have been waiting on for many months is coming!!! Due here on Tuesday and cannot wait! You can be sure I will be snapping away. So this round might appear a little light, I dont’ want to bore you with more repetitious pictures so just trying to capture whats new…..

Awaiting counterops coming in next week, and cannot wait to lift the covering on the floor!

Refrigerator/freezer handles…woo hoo!

This is the display cabinet that is between the kitchen and butlers
Breakfast room done!
TV unit above fireplace in family room done!
Vestibule leading from family room to dining room

Beautiful herringbone floors upstairs
Sons vanity done and countertop in place!

New finish for my bathroom cabinetry, think we are almost there, this is whiter, has less yellow
We are still tweaking it…..
Bathroom starting to shape up…..

The reeding detail under the chair rail

A little peek at the stair rail, the only part that’s not covered…..

The curved wall detailing is completed, waiting for paint (and not to worry that’s a temporary sconce)

TOPIARIES. Long been a fan of them, always have a few in the house and outside by my front door. There is no limit as to what you can do with?a topiary….you are only limited by your imagination as you will see here with some most unusual ones. I love green on black, don’t you? This first picture is so pretty, of this trio of topiaries on a black metal tray. Here are a few that I found particularly inspiring….





A topiary gazebo? WOW!



The Beatles? Imagine!
The circus has come to town…….

A GREAT BAKING ITEM. A baker I am not, but you hardly have to be a genius to figure out how to make a banana bread or pumpkin bread, and one of these warm out of the?oven is pretty hard to beat on a cool crisp fall day. The only thing that could make it any better is to have it look amazingly beautiful and thanks to this nifty and beautiful loaf pan I found from Crate and Barrel of all places, I will oohing and ahhing everyone! I have yet to use it but plan to next week as a trial run and then will make something for the Thanksgiving holidays. Isn’t it neat?

DARKER GROUT ON SUBWAYS. Now that I decided I am going with Calacutta Gold subways for the backsplash in kitchen and butlers pantry, ?I have been toying with the idea of giving it that old world touch by going darker with the grout. True, light grout gives it a fresh, clean feel which compliments the white marble beautifully but the darker grout gives it a certain presence, makes it feel instantly older and allows it to stand out a little more. I am going to experiment, but wondering what your thoughts are on using a darker grout with a lighter stone or tile? Here are some examples to show you…..

A MUCH ANTICIPATED BOOK COMING OUT. I LOVE Phoebe Howard, her style is very much like my own and I have yet to see a room of hers that I haven’t just drooled over. So needless to say, I am SUPER excited about her new book coming out spring of 2012. I will be one of the first to line up to get this book….I just know its going to be chock full of amazing interiors and inspiration. ?The cover is the ultimate tease to what I can only guess is one heck of a great design book! Are you a Phoebe fan?

CREATING LITTLE VIGNETTES. Oh how I miss doing this! I must be getting really desperate because my poor little overworked to the bone blue and whites are doing serious overtime! I am constantly changing out with seasonal flowers and greenery. I love them but ?cannot wait to unpack all my things so I can start “playing”. In the meantime, I played around with the little I do have…..

AN AWESOME GIVEAWAY. Down to the last two days to be eligible for this amazing French table!! Here is the lowdown…..

This giveaway is AMAZING with a capital A! Thanks to the generosity of





Safavieh Home?

It is for a stunning painted black French end table with an antiqued wood top! How beautiful is this? I cannot think of any room that wouldn’t look simply incredible with this wonderful side table!!

So…how to win this amazing giveaway? Simple!Safaviehs Facebook.?
FIRST…….Click?here?for their website and then?here?for theirFacebook?page. Good luck and thank you?Safavieh!
TO BE CLEAR……
?YOU MUST LEAVE A FACEBOOK COMMENT FOR SAFAVIEH TO BE ELIGIBLE. ONLY THOSE WHO LEAVE A COMMENT ON THEIR FACEBOOK PAGE SAYING THEY CAME FROM THE ENCHANTED HOME WILL BE ENTERED IN THE DRAWING.

So…how about you? Whats exciting you this week? Would love to know! Don’t forget to enter the giveaway from Safavieh by heading to their Facebook page, click here.
Enjoy your day!

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Things I am loving Thursday and house updates!

Good morning, hope everyone is having a good week, hard to believe we are practically in October! Don’t know about where you are, but around here, its been raining cats and dogs. Humidity off the charts, NOT a good hair day lately! My hats have been seeing lots of use. My week has been busy and overwhelming. Lots of decisions still being made, and now that we are at last starting to tackle the decorating end, I REALLY feel overwhelmed! There has been non stop work going on over at the house but I don’t feel the pictures of this weeks progress will fully reflect that so I am just enclosing less than the usual amount of pictures as well as a few things I am loving this week, next week promises to be a full mega packed post of things as many things are happening next week! We are still aiming to move in by late October, so we are forging ahead fast and furious! Here we go…….

HOUSE UPDATES. Though there has been a lot going on this week, the pictures might not fairly show the progress being made. Come next week however, there are going to be big changes on the horizon. For one the countertops start getting put in, the biggest though is that the limestone..yes that LONG awaited limestone for the front entrance that we have been waiting on for many months is coming!!! Due here on Tuesday and cannot wait! You can be sure I will be snapping away. So this round might appear a little light, I dont’ want to bore you with more repetitious pictures so just trying to capture whats new…..

Awaiting counterops coming in next week, and cannot wait to lift the covering on the floor!

Refrigerator/freezer handles…woo hoo!

This is the display cabinet that is between the kitchen and butlers
Breakfast room done!
TV unit above fireplace in family room done!
Vestibule leading from family room to dining room

Beautiful herringbone floors upstairs
Sons vanity done and countertop in place!

New finish for my bathroom cabinetry, think we are almost there, this is whiter, has less yellow
We are still tweaking it…..
Bathroom starting to shape up…..

The reeding detail under the chair rail

A little peek at the stair rail, the only part that’s not covered…..

The curved wall detailing is completed, waiting for paint (and not to worry that’s a temporary sconce)

TOPIARIES. Long been a fan of them, always have a few in the house and outside by my front door. There is no limit as to what you can do with a topiary….you are only limited by your imagination as you will see here with some most unusual ones. I love green on black, don’t you? This first picture is so pretty, of this trio of topiaries on a black metal tray. Here are a few that I found particularly inspiring….



A topiary gazebo? WOW!


The Beatles? Imagine!
The circus has come to town…….

A GREAT BAKING ITEM. A baker I am not, but you hardly have to be a genius to figure out how to make a banana bread or pumpkin bread, and one of these warm out of the oven is pretty hard to beat on a cool crisp fall day. The only thing that could make it any better is to have it look amazingly beautiful and thanks to this nifty and beautiful loaf pan I found from Crate and Barrel of all places, I will oohing and ahhing everyone! I have yet to use it but plan to next week as a trial run and then will make something for the Thanksgiving holidays. Isn’t it neat?

DARKER GROUT ON SUBWAYS. Now that I decided I am going with Calacutta Gold subways for the backsplash in kitchen and butlers pantry,  I have been toying with the idea of giving it that old world touch by going darker with the grout. True, light grout gives it a fresh, clean feel which compliments the white marble beautifully but the darker grout gives it a certain presence, makes it feel instantly older and allows it to stand out a little more. I am going to experiment, but wondering what your thoughts are on using a darker grout with a lighter stone or tile? Here are some examples to show you…..

A MUCH ANTICIPATED BOOK COMING OUT. I LOVE Phoebe Howard, her style is very much like my own and I have yet to see a room of hers that I haven’t just drooled over. So needless to say, I am SUPER excited about her new book coming out spring of 2012. I will be one of the first to line up to get this book….I just know its going to be chock full of amazing interiors and inspiration.  The cover is the ultimate tease to what I can only guess is one heck of a great design book! Are you a Phoebe fan?

CREATING LITTLE VIGNETTES. Oh how I miss doing this! I must be getting really desperate because my poor little overworked to the bone blue and whites are doing serious overtime! I am constantly changing out with seasonal flowers and greenery. I love them but  cannot wait to unpack all my things so I can start “playing”. In the meantime, I played around with the little I do have…..

AN AWESOME GIVEAWAY. Down to the last two days to be eligible for this amazing French table!! Here is the lowdown…..

This giveaway is AMAZING with a capital A! Thanks to the generosity of




Safavieh Home 

It is for a stunning painted black French end table with an antiqued wood top! How beautiful is this? I cannot think of any room that wouldn’t look simply incredible with this wonderful side table!!

So…how to win this amazing giveaway? Simple!Safaviehs Facebook
FIRST…….Click here for their website and then here for theirFacebook page. Good luck and thank you Safavieh!
TO BE CLEAR……
 YOU MUST LEAVE A FACEBOOK COMMENT FOR SAFAVIEH TO BE ELIGIBLE. ONLY THOSE WHO LEAVE A COMMENT ON THEIR FACEBOOK PAGE SAYING THEY CAME FROM THE ENCHANTED HOME WILL BE ENTERED IN THE DRAWING.

So…how about you? Whats exciting you this week? Would love to know! Don’t forget to enter the giveaway from Safavieh by heading to their Facebook page, click here.
Enjoy your day!

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