End of the week musings….

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Some of the pretty fabrics up for consideration…….

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

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

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

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

Carolyne Roehm working her magic…again!

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

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

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


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

Here it is “doing its thing”…..

Ingredients-

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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






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

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

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

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

And equally gorgeous in antique brass..


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

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

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

End of the week musings….

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Some of the pretty fabrics up for consideration…….

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

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

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

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

Carolyne Roehm working her magic…again!

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

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

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


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

Here it is “doing its thing”…..

Ingredients-

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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






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

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

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

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

And equally gorgeous in antique brass..


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

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

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

Which would you choose?

 Good morning! So nice to be back in blogland! I am well rested and will tell you tomorrow about my whereabouts for the last few days, in the meantime this was in my draftbox from over a month ago so thought it was a good time to post this…….hope you are well and hope everyone had a superb Mothers Day!

Hi there, well finally just yesterday I, being cautiously optimistic , put away my gloves, hats and scarves into my “winter bin” that I hope I will not have to open again for several months! The milder weather has me dreaming of beautiful crisp summer clothes in soft pleasing colors, light flowy fabrics against sun tanned skin! How about you?

Have you been thinking the same way? So today thought it would be fun to see which look sums up your summer style best. You know the drill….take a look at all these chic ensembles and tell me, if you had to choose just one look to represent your personal style….which would you choose? Which one best emulates your style? I cannot wait to hear! Cheers to warmer weather, pedicures, sun kissed skin and al fresco meals!

CHOICE 1

Tory Burch

CHOICE 2

J Crew

 CHOICE 3
Each X Other
 CHOICE 4
J Crew
 CHOICE 5
J Crew

CHOICE 6
Band of Outsiders
CHOICE 7
Willow
CHOICE 8
Net a Porter
CHOICE 9
James Perse
CHOICE 10
J Crew
 
 CHOICE 11
Etoile Isabel Marant
CHOICE 12
 Net a Porter  
CHOICE 13
James Perse
CHOICE 14
Tibi
 CHOICE 15
Tory Burch
CHOICE 16
Rag and Bone
So there you have it, 16 wonderful looks heading into the warmer months of summer, I look forward to hearing which you choose! As I always do I will kick off things with my own choices. So nice to be back, I look forward to catching up and going through all my favorite blogs today to see what  I missed! I hope you are well…..be back tomorrow:)

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Which would you choose?

?Good morning! So nice to be back in blogland! I am well rested and will tell you tomorrow about my whereabouts for the last few days, in the meantime this was in my draftbox from over a month ago so thought it was a good time to post this…….hope you are well and hope everyone had a superb Mothers Day!

Hi there, well finally just yesterday I, being cautiously optimistic , put away my gloves, hats and scarves into my “winter bin” that I hope I will not have to open again for several months! The milder weather has me dreaming of beautiful crisp summer clothes in soft pleasing colors, light flowy fabrics against sun tanned skin! How about you?

Have you been thinking the same way? So today thought it would be fun to see which look sums up your summer style best. You know the drill….take a look at all these chic ensembles and tell me, if you had to choose just one look to represent your personal style….which would you choose? Which one best emulates your style? I cannot wait to hear! Cheers to warmer weather, pedicures, sun kissed skin and al fresco meals!

CHOICE 1

Tory Burch

CHOICE 2

J Crew

?CHOICE 3
Each X Other
?CHOICE 4
J Crew
?CHOICE 5
J Crew

CHOICE 6
Band of Outsiders
CHOICE 7
Willow
CHOICE 8
Net a Porter
CHOICE 9
James Perse
CHOICE 10
J Crew
?
?CHOICE 11
Etoile Isabel Marant
CHOICE 12
?Net a Porter ?
CHOICE 13
James Perse
CHOICE 14
Tibi
?CHOICE 15
Tory Burch
CHOICE 16
Rag and Bone
So there you have it, 16 wonderful looks heading into the warmer months of summer, I look forward to hearing which you choose! As I always do I will kick off things with my own choices. So nice to be back, I look forward to catching up and going through all my favorite blogs today to see what? I missed! I hope you are well…..be back tomorrow:)

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Which would you choose?

Good morning and breaking news…..we finally got snow! Granted not much but enough to coat the ground and make everything look just a little more beautiful. Went out and snapped a few pics before its a thing of the past (and with the sun starting to show its pretty face, that will be sooner than later)! So went out in my robe and snow boots and snapped a few pics which I had to share before I begin my post……

 Mr. Teddy having a lazy morning…….hey its Saturday afterall and you know he has had a long work week:)

And then he finally decided to mosey on outside….and he perched himself like the Queen King of Sheeba…..

OK, getting back to my post …….here’s the scenario, you are invited to a really swanky cocktail party.  Truth is, that is the case with us…..we are invited to a really nice party in a few weeks and I am in a bit of a panic over what to wear. Think I am going to play it safe with a beautiful black lace dresss I have and I will dress it up with some pretty jewelry.

Getting back to this fantasy soiree…..Lets pretend in this case, the weather is not the icebox we are in right now, but lets say its spring-y weather…beautiful, mild weather.
You want something that best reflects your personal style….whatever that might be. Colors? Up to you. You want to make an impression and best part about this wonderful exercise….is that the bodies shown are included! Wouldn’t that be nice? So give no worry to arm issues, waist being too enhanced, a dress being short (because don’t forget you have the perfect legs)!! Yep you get the perfect body along with the dress, sound fair? Thought you might agree! So go ahead….tell me which one gets your vote!

CHOICE 1
Esteban Cortezar
CHOICE 2
Bottega Venetta
CHOICE 3
Milly
CHOICE 4
Notte by Marchesa
CHOICE 5
Notte by Marchesa
CHOICE 6
Oscar de la Renta
CHOICE 7
Roland Mouret

CHOICE 8
Herve Leger
CHOICE 9
Erdem

CHOICE 10
ISSA

CHOICE 11
Valentino

CHOICE 12
Preen
CHOICE 13
Valentino
CHOICE 14
Preen

CHOICE 15
Lela Rose
CHOICE 16
Tory Burch
Now to make it really fun….tell me once you have chosen your dress, how will you style it? Exactly as shown? Or will you add or take something away? How about shoes? Jewelry? Bag? Come on, we all know its in the details, give me the low down! What do you see? Inquiring minds want to know! So now its your turn to talk……wishing you a wonderful Saturday and weekend!

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Which would you choose?

Good morning and breaking news…..we finally got snow! Granted not much but enough to coat the ground and make everything look just a little more beautiful. Went out and snapped a few pics before its a thing of the past (and with the sun starting to show its pretty face, that will be sooner than later)! So went out in my robe and snow boots and snapped a few pics which I had to share before I begin my post……

?Mr. Teddy having a lazy morning…….hey its Saturday afterall and you know he has had a long work week:)

And then he finally decided to mosey on outside….and he perched himself like the Queen King of Sheeba…..

OK, getting back to my post …….here’s the scenario, you are invited to a really swanky cocktail party.? Truth is, that is the case with us…..we are invited to a really nice party in a few weeks and I am in a bit of a panic over what to wear. Think I am going to play it safe with a beautiful black lace dresss I have and I will dress it up with some pretty jewelry.

Getting back to this fantasy soiree…..Lets pretend in this case, the weather is not the icebox we are in right now, but lets say its spring-y weather…beautiful, mild weather.
You want something that best reflects your personal style….whatever that might be. Colors? Up to you. You want to make an impression and best part about this wonderful exercise….is that the bodies shown are included! Wouldn’t that be nice? So give no worry to arm issues, waist being too enhanced, a dress being short (because don’t forget you have the perfect legs)!! Yep you get the perfect body along with the dress, sound fair? Thought you might agree! So go ahead….tell me which one gets your vote!

CHOICE 1
Esteban Cortezar
CHOICE 2
Bottega Venetta
CHOICE 3
Milly
CHOICE 4
Notte by Marchesa
CHOICE 5
Notte by Marchesa
CHOICE 6
Oscar de la Renta
CHOICE 7
Roland Mouret

CHOICE 8
Herve Leger
CHOICE 9
Erdem

CHOICE 10
ISSA

CHOICE 11
Valentino

CHOICE 12
Preen
CHOICE 13
Valentino
CHOICE 14
Preen

CHOICE 15
Lela Rose
CHOICE 16
Tory Burch
Now to make it really fun….tell me once you have chosen your dress, how will you style it? Exactly as shown? Or will you add or take something away? How about shoes? Jewelry? Bag? Come on, we all know its in the details, give me the low down! What do you see? Inquiring minds want to know! So now its your turn to talk……wishing you a wonderful Saturday and weekend!

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Late week musings…..

Hi there! How has your week been? Mine, busy and very productive.  I still am trying to get used to writing down 2013! Anyone else with me here? No small talk, going to delve right into this weeks post. Lots to dish about, so let’s go. Call this my weekly newsletter.  Hope you have a splendid weekend…..
 
 
I have not showed much of the extensive landscaping/masonry work that is going on around here. For weeks on end, we have had a nonstop battalion of very talented workers completing much of the  masonry work on the patios/walkways/landscaping. It is still going on but the bulk is just about done. To say we are thrilled with how its turning out is a serious understatement. Now I cannot wait till spring! We have two small patios off of the kitchen/family room/breakfast room that are nearly done, here they are…..

So happy we were able to use the old planters from original home, we have 8 total so this was great

 We are going to have a built in BBQ done later in the spring to the side…much more to come soon!
 
Can you imagine losing your blog one morning? This, for bloggers is the ultimate nightmare.  Twice this past week I read about long term bloggers signing into their account only to find out their entire blogs were wiped out. That’s right..no longer there! Disappeared. Gone. Can you imagine? This freaked me out in a big way. I cannot imagine something I pour so much hard work, love and devotion to leaving me without any notice. That is beyond a bad breakup.
 So as I started prowling….it seems the thing to do and likely many of you seasoned bloggers know this is to regularly back up your blog. Did you know this? I found two really easy tutorials and have since done this. Great and priceless advice. Secondly it also really has me thinking maybe a switch to WordPress at some point in the near future is in order…any thoughts on that? Between other less significant problems with blogger and hearing this, I am feeling a bit nervous, hopefully undue stress on my part. So would love to know your thoughts on this matter! Click here if you want to learn how to back up your blog.
 
 
 
I visited my blogging friend, Sharons’ blog, one you all likely know, French Country Home (its like a mini vacation every time you click over there). Anyway one of her posts about having received small baking rounds totally intrigued me and prompted me  that very afternoon to visit Sur La Table, a phenomenal kitchen store (its highly addictive) and to buy my own little versions. I ended up with the cutest 4″ springform pans and came home and got busy. I started with mini Cherry cheesecake and ended with the most delicious potatoes au gratin! And it didn’t stop there…….
 
 The next night we were having friends for drinks then heading to dinner. I was brainstorming about a last minute appetizer to serve, and immediately thought of my heavenly good pesto cheese dip which is normally baked in a Pyrex then spooned onto crostinis. This time I decided to try out my “new little friend’ and lets just say he did not disappoint. The finished product was a perfectly rounded mold of the pesto cheese dip and I garnished with a few tomatoes that had been broiled and served with the costini. Thanks Sharon for unleashing a springform beast in me! I can’t stop thinking of ways to make all of our foods small and round:) My boys think I am seriously possessed. Tonight? Its individual eggplant parmigiana!!! Tomorrow…who knows!
 
 
(Don’t love the quality of these pics, taken with iPhone at night but you get the idea)

The innocent little springforms that fueled a cooking marathon with no end in sight!

“The helper” was my wonderful mandolin….love this thing!

 

Perfectly thin potatoes every time in seconds…….

 My mini cherry cheesecakes…..soooo good!

 The heavenly potatoes au gratin…….just so good and looked so pretty!

 Roasted chicken asparagus and the mini potato, healthy and pretty!
Coming out of the oven, let them sit a few minutes

My experiment, the pesto dip going in the oven…fingers crossed!

 Voila! It worked……added some extra grilled tomato on top.
 Added warmed crostinis with a drizzle of olive oil and its instant elegance!

 
 
I don’t know about you  but I am already looking forward to spring. Unless we get a serious big dose of the white stuff, I have serious ADD during the winter. If we are going to have to deal with the cold…lets make it pretty. Bring on the snow. I normally do not shop for spring clothes this early but couldn’t  resist these pretty accents that are classic and practically seasonless. So I put together this little mood board of some great recent finds/loves. Best part….some of them, most of them,  are really reasonable. Well not the Prada bag but……most of it:)

 
 
  One more thing I recently saw and immediately fell in love with, the new spring collection from Tory (yes we are on a first name basis:) LOOOVE these shoes. I want all three!! I cannot possibly narrow it down….they are all so great looking! The flats are a no brainer, as there is not heel height to have to mull over! But the wedges and heels are so darn cute too!

Finally tackling my dining room. Also planning on recovering my breakfast room chairs, I love my Pugsley fabric but its about 10 years old and quite faded so its time for a fresh change. The plaid chairs are temporary and I am excited to have finally made the time to select fabric for the chairs. I am also working simultaneously on the chinoiserie for the dining room and that has me incredibly excited. I will do a whole post on one of my favorite things, chinoiserie soon. . I want to keep it simple because I really want the chinoiserie to shine and not have much competition!  I am going to devote an entire post to the dining room next week, but here’s a sneak peek of the fabrics that have made it to the final round…….

 
And dining room contenders though its still in the early rounds…I am probably using two fabrics on the chairs

 
 
Its always fun to share the results from my Which would you Choose posts. So, I asked you out of 16 designers who you would hand your home to…and here are the top four. Several others vied for a close 5th place..what can I say, you have excellent taste!
 
1st place John Jacob

2nd place Phoebe Howard
3rd place Mcalpine, Ferrier and Booth
4th place Charles Faudree

I will share the results from this week’s coat edition next week.
I want to have a party with a blue and white theme (naturally) just so I can set a table that looks like this. This picture is enough to get my braincells working overtime just to think of an occasion to recreate this dream of a tablescape! Perfection…the green against the blue and white!

 
Store biz…so excited about adding this fabulous line of tole hand painted pieces to my online store. I am starting with a few pieces and will gradually add on. They are really special. LOVE them! All pieces will be added to “new arrivals” over the weekend. Feel free to contact me here with any questions.
 

 

Adore this black chinoiserie wastepaper basket, so classic!

And looooove these blk. chinoiserie brackets!

Also have this in a cream version which is also stunning!

How about this for a library/office or family room? Yes!

And you know I love this lamp. Already ordered one for my own office:)

 
  In addition to my beautiful French tea//bar towels, that are made in France, just got in greatest looking aprons. I LOVE these. They are so great looking, they are pretty enough to wear  even once your guests have arrived!! Just got added under new additions.
 

 
 
A few new silver items that are new additions to my very popular silver collection…..

 Stunning silver cake plate…14.5″ round
Beautiful scalloped decorative flower bowl/planter

 Large decorative ornate tray 28.5″ long by 14.5″ wide…..stunning for serving or display

 Wine cooler (holds 4-5 bottles) 14″ round by about 9.5″ tall
 
 
  And by popular demand I have just added this gorgeous crystal handcut etched dome cake plate/cloche. Talk about adding some serious beauty to your kitchen! And what a gorgeous gift too! Only getting in 6 pieces. Click here to see.

I own this and its a definite jewel in my kitchen.

Some other great things coming this way soon. Just to let you know, I am phasing out of the canvas art. I have about 5-6 pieces left. Unfortunately the vendor is not reliable and the containers often take much longer than initially promised, its too unpredictable, so when these are gone, I will no longer carry the canvas art. 
 
 
Also my monogrammed linens are going up about 20%, they will still be a bargain even with the price increase. Prices will be going up early next week. As always if you have any questions about any of my products, just email me here!
 
 
So that is about it over here in my tiny corner of the world. As always, thanks for stopping by and seeing whats new. Whats going on over there? Any exciting plans for the weekend ahead? Hope whatever you do is wonderful and relaxing…until Monday!
 
 
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Late week musings…..

Hi there! How has your week been? Mine, busy and very productive.? I still am trying to get used to writing down 2013! Anyone else with me here? No small talk, going to delve right into this weeks post. Lots to dish about, so let’s go. Call this my weekly newsletter.? Hope you have a splendid weekend…..

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I have not showed much of the extensive landscaping/masonry work that is going on around here. For weeks on end, we have had a nonstop battalion of very talented workers completing much of the? masonry work on the patios/walkways/landscaping. It is still going on but the bulk is just about done. To say we are thrilled with how its turning out is a serious understatement. Now I cannot wait till spring! We have two small patios off of the kitchen/family room/breakfast room that are nearly done, here they are…..

So happy we were able to use the old planters from original home, we have 8 total so this was great

?We are going to have a built in BBQ done later in the spring to the side…much more to come soon!

?



Can you imagine losing your blog one morning? This, for bloggers is the ultimate nightmare.? Twice this past week I read about long term bloggers signing into their account only to find out their entire blogs were wiped out. That’s right..no longer there! Disappeared. Gone. Can you imagine? This freaked me out in a big way. I cannot imagine something I pour so much hard work, love and devotion to leaving me without any notice. That is beyond a bad breakup.

?So as I started prowling….it seems the thing to do and likely many of you seasoned bloggers know this is to regularly back up your blog. Did you know this? I found two really easy tutorials and have since done this. Great and priceless advice. Secondly it also really has me thinking maybe a switch to WordPress at some point in the near future is in order…any thoughts on that? Between other less significant problems with blogger and hearing this, I am feeling a bit nervous, hopefully undue stress on my part. So would love to know your thoughts on this matter! Click here if you want to learn how to back up your blog.

?

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?


I visited my blogging friend, Sharons’ blog, one you all likely know, French Country Home (its like a mini vacation every time you click over there). Anyway one of her posts about having received small baking rounds totally intrigued me and prompted me? that very afternoon to visit Sur La Table, a phenomenal kitchen store (its highly addictive) and to buy my own little versions. I ended up with the cutest 4″ springform pans and came home and got busy. I started with mini Cherry cheesecake and ended with the most delicious potatoes au gratin! And it didn’t stop there…….

?

?The next night we were having friends for drinks then heading to dinner. I was brainstorming about a last minute appetizer to serve, and immediately thought of my heavenly good pesto cheese dip which is normally baked in a Pyrex then spooned onto crostinis. This time I decided to try out my “new little friend’ and lets just say he did not disappoint. The finished product was a perfectly rounded mold of the pesto cheese dip and I garnished with a few tomatoes that had been broiled and served with the costini. Thanks Sharon for unleashing a springform beast in me! I can’t stop thinking of ways to make all of our foods small and round:) My boys think I am seriously possessed. Tonight? Its individual eggplant parmigiana!!! Tomorrow…who knows!

?

?

(Don’t love the quality of these pics, taken with iPhone at night but you get the idea)

The innocent little springforms that fueled a cooking marathon with no end in sight!

“The helper” was my wonderful mandolin….love this thing!

?

Perfectly thin potatoes every time in seconds…….

?My mini cherry cheesecakes…..soooo good!

?The heavenly potatoes au gratin…….just so good and looked so pretty!

?Roasted chicken asparagus and the mini potato, healthy and pretty!
Coming out of the oven, let them sit a few minutes

My experiment, the pesto dip going in the oven…fingers crossed!

?Voila! It worked……added some extra grilled tomato on top.
?Added warmed crostinis with a drizzle of olive oil and its instant elegance!

?

?





I don’t know about you? but I am already looking forward to spring. Unless we get a serious big dose of the white stuff, I have serious ADD during the winter. If we are going to have to deal with the cold…lets make it pretty. Bring on the snow. I normally do not shop for spring clothes this early but couldn’t? resist these pretty accents that are classic and practically seasonless. So I put together this little mood board of some great recent finds/loves. Best part….some of them, most of them,? are really reasonable. Well not the Prada bag but……most of it:)

?

?

? One more thing I recently saw and immediately fell in love with, the new spring collection from Tory (yes we are on a first name basis:) LOOOVE these shoes. I want all three!! I cannot possibly narrow it down….they are all so great looking! The flats are a no brainer, as there is not heel height to have to mull over! But the wedges and heels are so darn cute too!



Finally tackling my dining room. Also planning on recovering my breakfast room chairs, I love my Pugsley fabric but its about 10 years old and quite faded so its time for a fresh change. The plaid chairs are temporary and I am excited to have finally made the time to select fabric for the chairs. I am also working simultaneously on the chinoiserie for the dining room and that has me incredibly excited. I will do a whole post on one of my favorite things, chinoiserie soon. . I want to keep it simple because I really want the chinoiserie to shine and not have much competition!? I am going to devote an entire post to the dining room next week, but here’s a sneak peek of the fabrics that have made it to the final round…….

?

And dining room contenders though its still in the early rounds…I am probably using two fabrics on the chairs

?

?


Its always fun to share the results from my Which would you Choose posts. So, I asked you out of 16 designers who you would hand your home to…and here are the top four. Several others vied for a close 5th place..what can I say, you have excellent taste!

?

1st place John Jacob

2nd place Phoebe Howard
3rd place Mcalpine, Ferrier and Booth
4th place Charles Faudree

I will share the results from this week’s coat edition next week.
I want to have a party with a blue and white theme (naturally) just so I can set a table that looks like this. This picture is enough to get my braincells working overtime just to think of an occasion to recreate this dream of a tablescape! Perfection…the green against the blue and white!


?


Store biz…so excited about adding this fabulous line of tole hand painted pieces to my online store. I am starting with a few pieces and will gradually add on. They are really special. LOVE them! All pieces will be added to “new arrivals” over the weekend. Feel free to contact me here with any questions.

?

?

Adore this black chinoiserie wastepaper basket, so classic!

And looooove these blk. chinoiserie brackets!

Also have this in a cream version which is also stunning!

How about this for a library/office or family room? Yes!

And you know I love this lamp. Already ordered one for my own office:)

?

? In addition to my beautiful French tea//bar towels, that are made in France, just got in greatest looking aprons. I LOVE these. They are so great looking, they are pretty enough to wear? even once your guests have arrived!! Just got added under new additions.

?

?

?

A few new silver items that are new additions to my very popular silver collection…..

?Stunning silver cake plate…14.5″ round
Beautiful scalloped decorative flower bowl/planter

?Large decorative ornate tray 28.5″ long by 14.5″ wide…..stunning for serving or display

?Wine cooler (holds 4-5 bottles) 14″ round by about 9.5″ tall

?

?



? And by popular demand I have just added this gorgeous crystal handcut etched dome cake plate/cloche. Talk about adding some serious beauty to your kitchen! And what a gorgeous gift too! Only getting in 6 pieces. Click here to see.

I own this and its a definite jewel in my kitchen.








Some other great things coming this way soon. Just to let you know, I am phasing out of the canvas art. I have about 5-6 pieces left. Unfortunately the vendor is not reliable and the containers often take much longer than initially promised, its too unpredictable, so when these are gone, I will no longer carry the canvas art.?

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Also my monogrammed linens are going up about 20%, they will still be a bargain even with the price increase. Prices will be going up early next week. As always if you have any questions about any of my products, just email me here!

?

?

So that is about it over here in my tiny corner of the world. As always, thanks for stopping by and seeing whats new. Whats going on over there? Any exciting plans for the weekend ahead? Hope whatever you do is wonderful and relaxing…until Monday!

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Which would you choose?

Good Monday morning to you! Can we deviate today (just for the day) from homes and interiors? ?You know I like to gab about things like fashion and pretty dresses and great boots and fabulous handbags and all that good stuff on occasion! Went to a fashion show luncheon a few days ago where I must say for once ?I wasn’t craving every single thing the models wore (except the bodies wearing the clothes….I always have serious body lust when I see the models and their rail thin bodies) however I did see a few handbags that sparked my handbag obsession which has been on a bit of a “hiatus” given that I have been so house obsessed these last few months. And what can I say……this got me to be “inspired” to talk handbags today.

I am glad to know my handbag radar is still alive, active and very “able and ready to do business”. As I do every fall, I treat myself to one special handbag or two, and I have my eye on several. Has to be something practical but smart looking, something that will go with most of what I wear (think neutrals) and not something very trendy. So here’s some of the contenders….play along. Pretend money is no object, you get to choose one bag, take a look and tell me which you choose! I look forward to hearing what you decide………

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

Chloe
CHOICE 2
Bottega Veneta
CHOICE 3
Tory Burch
CHOICE 4
Bottega Veneta
CHOICE 5
Gucci
CHOICE 6
Gucci?
CHOICE 7
Gucci
CHOICE 8
Fendi
CHOICE 9
Prada
CHOICE 10
Michael Kors
CHOICE 11
Chloe
CHOICE 12
Rebecca Minkoff
CHOICE 13
Yves St. Laurent
CHOICE 14
CHOICE 15

Rebecca Minkoff
CHOICE 16

Rebecca Minkoff
So many beauties….don’t you think? I love fall dressing, all the rich textural fabrics and materials, the warm colors, plus fall/winter is such a looooong season I can justify a little splurge on a fabulous bag! So which is it for you? Does one just jump out at you and say “take me home”? I can’t wait to hear…..wshing you a fabulous Monday!

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Which would you choose?

Good Monday morning to you! Can we deviate today (just for the day) from homes and interiors?  You know I like to gab about things like fashion and pretty dresses and great boots and fabulous handbags and all that good stuff on occasion! Went to a fashion show luncheon a few days ago where I must say for once  I wasn’t craving every single thing the models wore (except the bodies wearing the clothes….I always have serious body lust when I see the models and their rail thin bodies) however I did see a few handbags that sparked my handbag obsession which has been on a bit of a “hiatus” given that I have been so house obsessed these last few months. And what can I say……this got me to be “inspired” to talk handbags today.

I am glad to know my handbag radar is still alive, active and very “able and ready to do business”. As I do every fall, I treat myself to one special handbag or two, and I have my eye on several. Has to be something practical but smart looking, something that will go with most of what I wear (think neutrals) and not something very trendy. So here’s some of the contenders….play along. Pretend money is no object, you get to choose one bag, take a look and tell me which you choose! I look forward to hearing what you decide………

                                                                           CHOICE 1

Chloe
CHOICE 2
Bottega Veneta
CHOICE 3
Tory Burch
CHOICE 4
Bottega Veneta
CHOICE 5
Gucci
CHOICE 6
Gucci 
CHOICE 7
Gucci
CHOICE 8
Fendi
CHOICE 9
Prada
CHOICE 10
Michael Kors
CHOICE 11
Chloe
CHOICE 12
Rebecca Minkoff
CHOICE 13
Yves St. Laurent
CHOICE 14
CHOICE 15

Rebecca Minkoff
CHOICE 16

Rebecca Minkoff
So many beauties….don’t you think? I love fall dressing, all the rich textural fabrics and materials, the warm colors, plus fall/winter is such a looooong season I can justify a little splurge on a fabulous bag! So which is it for you? Does one just jump out at you and say “take me home”? I can’t wait to hear…..wshing you a fabulous Monday!

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