Another visit to my happy place aka “NY Flower market” and a winner!

Hello friends!  First order of business is to announce the lucky winner of the rug from Decor Market, congratulations goes to-

#92 MYLINDA

Please contact us at info@theenchantedhome.com to provide your shipping details.

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With spring officially here though it doesn’t totally feel like it, I have flowers on my mind. Make no mistake I am a huge fan of some of my faux, as they are really really good but fresh flowers are just something I cannot live without. So every now and then as I did a few weeks ago, I take a trip into the city to play florist for the day and delve into the hustle and bustle of the NY flower district. I have a few favorite stops, Associated Cut Florals, Dutchline and a few others.

This time around I didn’t pick up a lot as I had no occasion other than to convince myself spring is here and that is reason enough to bring flowers into the house. What can I say…they just make me really happy. I do have a luncheon coming up in about a month so plan on heading back to pick up flowers for that special day…of course will be sharing it with you. In the meantime, here is a recap on my recent visit with an equally flower obsessed friend….

Here are some of the quick pics I took while surveying the offerings that morning (the district opens super early around 5am and closes by about 11-12). It’s a very early and very short day. So many beautiful things to choose from……

Wouldn’t these make a fabulous arrangement in  blue and white jar?

Tulips of every variety and color over at Associated Cut Florals, they are always my go to for tulips

You can always count on major creativity and inspiration in the flower district as seen above

Love the way Dutch Flower Line always displays their daily selections

Greenery galore

Loved this elegant triple boxwoods standing like little soldiers outside one shop

Orchids for miles…..

These stunning hydrangeas took my breath away

I must say these beautiful sprigs of greenery got me dreaming, love the eucalyptus and variegated variety below…could make one gorgeous centerpiece!

 

Getting home is always the icing on the cake. I love going over what I bought and gathering all my little vases and pieces in which I will display them. Since there was no special occasion this time around, I just made up smaller arrangement’s and played around. Best kind of play as far as I am concerned:)

Then I give them each stem a nice little trim and start filling my vases with water, let the fun begin!

Tulips are one of my faves and these babies wasted no time in showing their spunk and going in every direction, which to me is the beauty of tulips

The white rannuculus is a very long lasting flower with a beautiful layered petal effect, such a pretty and romantic flower…..

 

TRICK OF THE TRADE- Hardly that I am in the floral trade but I have a trick or two up my sleeve and have used this little trick always very successfully. When the cherry blossoms started to dry up, I kept the stems and added about 8-10 stems (these jars are very large)  of my really good faux cherry blossoms and voila! my beautiful arrangement has had a rebirth. I have done this with orchids, hydrangeas,etc…and in fact going to do a designated post on this very subject in the near future. Left jar is the one that has been added to-

So here is a picture of them on their last leg but still looking pretty sans lots of flowers-

Then to the left I added about 8-10 of my faux pink cherry blossoms and voila! Look at the difference from left to right, my two week arrangement suddenly has had a rebirth!

Enjoy this post? Do flowers excite you as much as they do me? I am lucky to have a flower market so close, the only downside are the  inevitable traffic jams I always hit going to and from, so a quick jaunt quickly becomes almost an all day affair. But, it’s worth it, especially if one is having an event or party…..

Thanks for stopping in. Wishing you a wonderful day and hope spring has sprung wherever you might be:) Until next time…..

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Seven on Sunday

Hello friends! I prepared this ahead of time, hope it behaves and posts on Sunday morning as it is supposed to. By the time you are reading this I will have been in one my most favorite places, Palmetto Bluff,  then onto to see friends elsewhere for a birthday celebration.

Hope you are enjoying a great and hopefully springy like weekend. Though it was not a very harsh winter, it felt like a loooooong winter. I am so ready to welcome that warm spring air and fresh cut green grass! Here we go with my Seven on Sunday-

1 NEW PRODUCTS I AM EXCITED ABOUT! I had bought a flatware service similar to this below years ago and so love the set and regretting that I did not but more, was disappointed when I could not find them again. I cannot tell you how many people have emailed me on where to find them.

So……an idea was born, I would recreate them! And I did! Love this pattern and these along with the others I featured not long ago will all be in production by next week. With luck I will have them in early to mid May. Stay tuned as I will be doing an early presale to help me gauge my numbers…..

In addition to the other flatware styles I showed you, this one above will be offered as a five piece place setting along with salad servers and serving spoons/forks.

GORGEOUS new tole pieces coming in late April, can I say they are just getting better and better, and seeing how each piece is handpainted…..makes them really special:) Already plotting where I can use a few of these:)

Fabulous new blue/white lamps

More stunning bamboo lanterns coming this way soon!

2. AMAL CLOONEY…….ONE IMPRESSIVE LADY The more I read about her the more I like and respect her. You may have seen her making the rounds lately on her latest cause…she is a complete breath of fresh air in the sometimes ridiculous world of Hollywood, a wonderful humanitarian and an inspiration to all women.

She has taken on what many see as an epidemic, the genocide being inflicted upon countless innocent civilians on The Yazidis. It is unimaginable and reading this story gave me chills…..it is hard to imagine that just a plane ride away, lives such brutality, such evil.

I really respect the attention she is giving this plight and of course also love that as a women with tremendous reach and power, she is highlighting a dire situation beyond comprehension that simply should not be. Read the entire article here.

 

3. FUN EARRINGS FOR THE SUMMER . I love wearing fun earrings in the summer, they go with the easy breeze lighter clothes, and fun summery styles. The bon bon earrings have become such a huge hit, and the best part is they are as light as a feather. Found these at Bitz of Glitz…very very cute! Click here to see more

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4. CHICKEN THAT IS FINGER LICKING GOOD I made Ina Garten’s Tuscan Lemon Chicken and can attest to the fact that it’s one of the best chicken dishes I have ever eaten AND its diet friendly so big points for that.

I grilled vegetables on the side, had a big salad and the chicken…it was a very satisfying dinner with leftovers! This is honestly as good cold as it is off the grill and is a summer staple in my home. Click here for the recipe

 

5. INSTAGRAMS OF INTEREST Everything today is so pretty….very springy. And why not, we have waited a long long time to celebrate the arrival of spring.

These pictures make me want to go and open my windows and let the sunshine in, but then I look outside and still see dark, crusted, icy snow. A reminder that winter is still kinda here so these pictures will have to suffice for now:)

 

6. A VERY EXCITING PROJECT. I have a few really exciting projects going on…..makes me happy:) But this one in particular really makes is getting my creative party juices flowing.

I was hired to help someone with  a large scaled June rehearsal dinner in sunny Florida at a private club…and she chose wisely because she is doing an all blue and white theme!! Here is one of the concept boards we are came up with…going to be F A B U L O U S!!! We just finalized all the pieces for the tables and bar area (some are below) and now working on flowers. Silver lining here- she is going to have one stunning blue and white collection after this party!

Will be sure to share with you some of the “after” pictures when the party takes place in June!

 

7 SUNDAYS SURVEY I have a friend who is selling her home and buying a new one. She is considering going with a totally new look and I mean totally starting from scratch. Her old home was a bit old fashioned traditional, many beautiful things but some of it appeared dated. She is thinking she wants to go with a clean/crisp transitional aesthetic that is so big right now. Her husband is not so sure but is allowing her to make this decision. The thing is she wants to have a tag sale and get rid of everything and I mean everything. She wants to only leave with her personal possessions and start anew.

We have been talking a lot about this big change and it got me thinking….if you could would you totally redo everything you have? Can you imagine leaving every item you own (furniture wise) behind? I personally am very attached to a number of my things and many have a story that makes them extra sentimental.  I get it…these are just things however they are things that I love and have meaning to me. I know I could not leave it all behind but apparently many can and do.

So, could you and would you? Curious as to what you think…..

That wraps up my Seven on Sunday this week. How about you? Anything exciting happening on your end? I always love hearing from you, so feel free to chime into the conversation. Hope you are enjoying a fabulous weekend. Until next time…


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Random musings as seen through my iPhone….

Hello and happy Saturday. Woke up to no snow, that’s always a good thing.  I really hope that winter is finally done and spring can usher it’s way in once and for all. With a lot of snow presently on the ground it just doesn’t feel like spring is going to really be here on Monday. The daffodils a week ago when it was 60 started coming up and now are covered in frozen snow:(

Today is the last day of the porcelain presale so be sure to stop by and check it out if you haven’t already. Its been so well received and the response has been phenomenal, always so great to know there are so many fellow blue and white addicts:)  Plus there is a great giveaway and today is the last day to enter! Click here to view

As I periodically do,  I share with you snippets of my life from the last week or so..of course the good, pretty and inspiring only! So without further ado here we go…..

Went to one of my happy places aka “New York flower district” and came home with some beauties…..

Enjoyed a wonderful meal with a great friend at Le Coucou in NYC, fabulous!!

These black beauties are heading to a rooftop apartment in Boston where they are going to plant them with large boxwood balls, so classic

It might feel still very much like winter outside, but indoors it’s all about spring and flowers!!

Upstairs hall got a little sprcueup

A pretty corner in my bedroom….the soft colors are so soothing, it’s my private little sanctuary

So loving these beautiful trims and fabrics we just decided on for a clients family room…cannot wait to see it done!

Awwwh….Teddy got a special little friend as a gift and loves his new furry friend

LOVE working on gorgeous trims and for this client, her new pillows are going to be out of this world!

This is how we do St. Patty’s day in our office….green gorgeouness overload! How amazing are the pillows above that I had made for a client, is that ginger jar tape not the greatest thing ever!

So there you have it, all the good stuff from this past week. Hope you enjoyed, thank you as always for stopping in. Wishing you a wonderful Saturday and an enjoyable weekend! Until next time…..

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The Porcelain presale is on, a giveaway and a winner!

Hello everyone!! It is a very exciting day over here at Enchanted Home because I have a winner to announce and because it’s my second presale of 2017 and this is a biggie!

A big congratulations to David M. for his winning picture!!  A true testament to the love of blue and white…..

I will be in touch to get your information so your first month of Enchanted Home will be on it’s merry way.

And a congratulations to the runner up, Lee K for this beautiful runner up. I will also be in contact with you to arrange to send your prize.

Thanks to all who sent in their beautiful pictures and shared their homes with us…what fun it was to see. And many thanks to the  more than 5,000 votes! Onto the presale…..

Love blue and white? You have come to the right place. Loaded with many new gorgeous porcelains as well as bringing back some all time favorites. Lots to love here so prepare yourself:)

If you know prices of fine porcelain you will recognize the unbelievable values here today. I always offer the contents up in a 2-3 day presale where everything is approx. 20% less than it will be when it arrives. Some items sell out fast so be sure you don’t miss out on whatever is calling your name.

It’s a great time to buy, whether you are adding on to an existing collection or starting a new one. So if you too are a porcelain lover, sit back and enjoy the view:) As always a few rules before we start-

  • Call or email your order, call 1-800-804-9565 or email orders@enchantedhome.com
  • This is a PRESALE/advance purchase for the container due to arrive on or about April 14th
  • Please refer to item number only
  • Limited numbers available and subject to availability
  • Save more by getting an even deeper discount on pairs!
  • This sale is on for three days only, sorry no extensions
  • ALL orders must be paid for within 12 hours otherwise kindly do not place an order
  • Certain items can ship internationally, you must contact us for a shipping quote
  • Any order over $500 will receive an additional 10% off
  • Shipping is extra
  • Questions? Email or call us
  • SOMETHING NEW- A referral program. Many have asked if there is a referral program. We don’t have a formal one in place at this time however if you recommend the presale to someone and they make a porcelain presale purchase you get $25.00 off of your order (must be over $100 to qualify)!
  • So all you need to do is email or call us with who you referred. Once that is confirmed you will get $25.00 off of your own order

This shipment is due to arrive on or about April 14th *will be within a week or so of this date

ITEM 1. This formerly sold out beauty is back,  this is one spectacular jar. Measures 14″ x 20″ $165.00 or two for $315.00

ITEM 2. By popular demand, got chunky large ginger jars in solid white and a pale blue/gray crackled foo dog jar. Fabulous as a pair or mixed in with others. Measures 21″ x 13″  Choose white or gray/blue (specify color when ordering)  $115.00 or two for $210.00

ITEM 3. Fabulous new planter so love this and it is perfect for a large orchid plant or any flower plant for that matter. Hand painted on all sides, with braided handles. Measures 7.5″ x 18″ $115.00

ITEM 4. Wonderful low dish/bowl. This is a great dish and as pretty for display as serving, I could see serving vegetables or a cold pasta salad in this beautiful shallow dish, would be a beautiful accent on any table. Measures 15″ x 6″ $85.00

CHOICE 5 The long awaited bathroom accessories are on their way! Gorgeous tissue holder, toothbrush holder and matching hexagon wastepaper basket. Definitely  snagging a set for myself:)

Tissue holder, measures 5″ x 5.5″  $58.00

Toothbrush holder, measures 4″ x 3.5″  $40.00

Octagonal wastepaper basket, measures 14.5″ x 11″  -$65.00

OR BUY ALL THREE FOR $150.00

5A Toothbrush holder

5B Wastepaper basket

5C Tissue holder

CHOICE 6. The grand pagoda is coming back! Getting in 14 pair of these exquisite beauties. If you know the prices you will see they are more than half of what they are elsewhere. $355.00 each

6A. Incredible and very grand pagodas, just look at the work and detailing on this…so excited to get these! This is 47″ and comes in two parts (one sits on top of the other).Sold individually, wonderful alone or double the impact with a pair. $375 each, very special promo pricing (these retail for $1400 per pagoda) OR save on a pair and get two for $715.00

6B.The same pagoda is now available in a medium! A wonderful mid sized pagoda for  spaces that cannot accommodate the grand/larger pagoda. Measures 24″ x 5″ $225.00 each OR $435.00 for a pair

6C. This smaller pagoda is also coming back and is a stunner! 16″ $185.00 each or two for $350.00

ITEM 7. New spectacular hexagonal scalloped planters. The detailing is just exquisite on these beautifully pieces, hand painted on all sides and even on the rim. A perfect planter for orchids or any flowering plant. Measures 9″ x 14″ $170.00

7A. Village

7B.Figurine

 

ITEM 8. The beautiful best selling pair of bird jars are back! These beautiful duo features stunning pheasant scene on both front and back. Measures 17″ x 11″.  A great value at $290 for both!

ITEM 9.Mini foo dogs offered in blue and white and solid white.

9A. Mini foo dogs are back! Another best seller, these darling foo dogs are the ultimate accessory and also make very stylish bookends! 4″ x 6″ $80.00 for the pair

9B. Darling white foo dogs…so cute. Perfect for any vignette or as ultra stylish bookends. $45.00 for the pair

ITEM 10. My all time favorite large bowl, featuring a beautiful village scene. This large bowl is perfect for display, and great for a kitchen island or dining table. 9.5″ x 17″  $135.00

ITEM 11. Love this mini bud vase, perfect for a small bud or two, great for a nightstand or end tables. Just shy of 6″ tall. $30.00

 

ITEM 12. The wonderful mid sized dragon planter/fishbowl is a great size for your favorite indoor flowering plant. Also could be a great cooler with summer coming, with two or three bottles of wine…you have to think outside the box:) Measures 10.5″ x 6.5″ $95.00

ITEM 13. A gorgeous figurine and floral foo dog topped jar, I own a pair and adore these tall grand beauties. Measures 25″ x 12″ $135.00

ITEM 14. The mini trumpet jar is back, measures 8.5″ tall….this is the perfect jar for end tables and or a nightstand, holds a few stems and is a beauty. Measures 10″ x 4.5 $45.00

 

ITEM 15. The pretty songbird jar is back! Lovely bird and floral design with stylish foo dogs top. Measures 18″ x 11″ One for $135.00, or two for $255.00

ITEM 16. This wonderful hexagon planter is a continuous favorite, well priced and perfect for orchids, boxwoods or any flowering plant. Measures 9″ x 14″ $85.00

 

ITEM 17. The gorgeous large set of emperors are coming back. These are super decorative and look fantastic with an existing vignette or they are so grand they stand alone beautifully. Measures 17″H x 6″ Set of 3 $125.00

 

ITEM 18. This previously sold out fabulous planter is making a comeback. Gorgeous scalloped hexagon shape with beautiful scenery painted on all sides. Love the pierced bottom detailing. Measures 19.5″ x 14″ $205.00

ITEM 19. Great looking more transitional shaped mid sized planter, perfect size and beautiful figurine scenery. 8″ x 11″ $85.00

ITEM 20. These spectacular planters are coming back. Even prettier in person. Gorgeous to hang/display but really makes a statement for serving. I use mine to serve all the time.

ITEM 20A. 2.6″ x 17″ $120.00

 

ITEM 20B. 2.6″ x 16″ $115.00

Plate stands- $10.00 with purchase of plate or $14.00 without purchase of plate

ITEM 21. A favorite that I have and use for my myrtle and azalea topiaries,  this mid sized cherry blossoms jar is an all time fave. Measures 14′ round.  $110.00

ITEM 22. The darling pencil/brush holders are coming back, some use these for utenstil too. Multi functional and a great size. 6″ tall Two styles, figurine or lotus $22.00 either one

22A. Figurine

 

22B.

 

ITEM 23. This instant hit is coming back, love this mid sized vase, it is such a gorgeous piece even without flowers! 15″ tall $115.00

 

ITEM 24. This amazing square jar that is painted on all sides with a different scenery and charming foo dog top is finally coming back. The square shape makes it highly decorative. Measures 20″ x 6.5″ $135.00 or two for $255.00

ITEM 25. The wonderful super decorative flat tops are coming back, choice of pheasant or bird. These are triple what they are here elsewhere, today $85.00! They measure 8″ x 8.5″

25A. Bird

25B. Pheasant

ITEM 26. Chunky dragon ginger jar is also making a comeback. This wonderful chunky shape makes this a beauty, especially love it in pair. Also makes  great vase for a big spray of tall blossoms or branches, Wonderful foo dog top, measures 18″ x 11″ $140.00 or two for $265.00

ITEM 27. This super popular mid sized planter is such a great value. I have a few of these and often use them to add a plant or floral to and give it as a gift..always so well received. Measures 7″ x 10″ $80.00

ITEM 28. Fabulous pale green large scale blossom vase, this is a beauty and so regal. , so eye catching and grand. Just calling for a big spray of white blossoms! Measures 24″ tall by about 11″ at its widest. $105.00 or two for $195.00!

Phew….that’s a whole lot of blue and white. Does it sound crazy, that despite al the blue and white in my home, all the shipments I have gotten in, I still ant more!!! I just can’t get enough and with the warmer months THANKFULLY heading this way…I am already thinking of how to use it outdoors which I just love. Now onto the giveaway-

THE GIVEAWAY-

I always offer up one item for a giveaway to celebrate a new container. Just leave a comment on this post telling me your favorite item and how you would use it. I will announce a winner next Tuesday. The lucky winner will receive a pair this fabulous bowl!

This presale is one for 3 days. You know the drill, if you see something you just love and have to have email or call us-

Call 1-800-804-9565

Email orders@enchantedhome.com

Thank you everyone for stopping by, wishing you a wonderful day. Until next time…..

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Seven on Sunday

Happy Sunday morning! Hope you are all doing well and enjoying a nice weekend. Our weekend weather has been frigid, feels like the coldest air all winter long. Last week I was sure spring was arriving early. I am so over winter but to be fair, our winter has been quite mild so I will not complain plus spring is just a matter of weeks away,woo hoo!

Had a nice weekend, was in the city, had dinner with friends, today is my day of rest, my long awaited “lazy Sunday” where I pretty much get to do as I please….love Sundays, but only after having a little brunch today with a few out of town guests. Funny that I  now love Sundays,  ironic considering I used to consider them my least favorite day. Go figure. Here we go with Seven on Sunday….

 

1 MY CHINOISERIE TOLE IS IN! Oh my, so excited about getting this. It is in and the trucker was on his way to deliver on Friday but hit the motherload of traffic. So….he is coming Monday morning! Might I say they get better each time they come in.  For anyone who placed a website order for any of these items, your orders will be the first to ship, feel free to give us a call at 1-800-804-9565 with any questions or to check status.

I did not do a presale as I normally do since I did not have suitable pictures, so instead going to offer a 2 day arrival sale starting later Monday. Be on the lookout for it, plus a giveaway. Here is a sneak peek into what is arriving tomorrow-

 

2 A MOVIE I CANNOT WAIT TO SEE I must say these days I am not so impressed with what Hollywood is coming out with, and find myself watching older movies that I love over and over along with many foreign films and of course my favorite genre, documentaries.

But this one looks like a winner, called Gifted, it has a real life story with meaning, emotion and connection. I cannot wait to see it when it opens-

3 AN AMAZING BAKERY RIGHT IN NYC! There is a company in Korea who  makes cupcakes like this that I discovered on Instagram and I am just in awe everytime.Then I found this bakery right here n NYC,  which makes the same kinds of cupcakes/cakes. Love the name, Cream Blossoms and I cannot wait to visit on my next trip into the city!

These are sooo beautiful! I may just made a quick side excursion when I go to the city on Wed. How beautiful would these be for a luncheon, bridal or baby shower? Edible works of art indeed. Click here to learn more

 

4 INSTAGRAMS OF INTEREST Always look forward to sharing with you what have I found and loved on Instagram this week. amazingly I am never at a loss of having plenty to post. Often it’s hard to narrow it down. Here are this weeks picks along with my favorite.

My favorite has to be this, this is what I refer to as “house perfection” in pretty much every sense-

5 LEGACY BOX. Has anyone used them? If so please do share your experience!! I am excited about this little adventure. My most prized possessions are my pictures and videos of my kids/family….nothing else comes even close but I really need to do something about the boxes and boxes of stored videos and pictures I have.

I am dying to give this a try, as I have countless videos, VHS tapes, CD’s and a million pictures that I would love to be able put on a few convenient DVD’s. Love the idea that you can load up a box with all of the above and get everything transferred back in a few simple DVD’s….priceless really!!! I think I am going to make the leap and at least start with a few, I could keep them busy for many years to come:) Click here to learn more and use code SUPER for a whopping 50% off!

 

6.EAT ME GUILT FREE. A friend just gave me one of these heavenly brownies that she swears by for her occasional indulgence in something sweet. I could not believe these are anything but a super rich, decadent highly caloric indulgence. Eat Me Guilt Free was created by a nurse and nutritionist  who made a full line for her patients/customers wanting a healthy, high protein treat, these are super high in protein, have no flour and are gluten free.

Our family is watching what we eat and really concentrating on a healthier diet, which has had me rethinking a lot of food choices and we are both feeling better. However I will never stop loving an occasional sweet so to not feel like you are totally depriving yourself of something you love, I think is really important which is why these are a great find. Guilt free:)

Sure enough they are in fact diet friendly and super delicious!! Dieting can be fun after all…well maybe not quite fun but bearable! There is an entire line of amazing treats, including a wonderful little birthday cake. Click here for more information.

Apparently these “:crack cookies” are insanely delicious and next on my list to try

 

7 SUNDAY’S SURVEY OK this week is about quality. I could write a book on my feelings of how words like “customer service” has gone down the drain and how the notion of what makes something high quality is almost obsolete. Those might be separate polls! I find in general the quality of every day things to have really gone down.

We put in a pretty sophisticated smart system in our home, I personally did not want it but it was my husbands thing and I let him do it. To this day, I cannot stand it. It is a constant battle between me and the remote, and remote normally outsmarts me. But I cannot tell you how many small technical issues I have had…frustrating with a capital F!

If there is one brand that I would think is synonymous with the word quality it would be Apple. Well…..even Apple has let me down. Bought a few i macs for my office, one of them literally died after 2 months!!! They replaced the entire logic board, but still it was me having to deal with the hassle. Bought a new wireless keyboard, it will not hold a charge. It is 8 days old! What? This is Apple we are talking about, I always thought of them delivering a perfect, flawless product. What is happening!! Do you think in general quality of items has gone down? Curious if I am just on a malfunction streak or this is widespread?

PS My newest contest was announced a few days ago. Can take up to 75 pictures, already have about 25, the last day to send yours in is March 12th. A few rules-

THE ENCHANTED HOME LOVE CONTEST-

  • You can send in 1-2 pictures to theenchantedhome@gmail.com (please don’t submit two if they are of the same thing unless styled differently)
  • Please be sure the subject line says “contest” as we get a lot of email and this way it’s not missed
  • Picture(s) must feature an item purchased through Enchanted Home (shop, promo,etc…)
  • Size and clarity and brightness is very important, if we feel a picture is not proper clarity or the right size, we will contact you, pictures subject to approval based on those two things
  • Up to 75 pictures will be accepted, will close submissions once 75 are received
  • You can submit pictures up until March 12th.
  • The contest will begin March 14th
  • The prize(s) are listed at end, cannot wait to see what you send in!
  • If we cannot take your pictures because they lack focus or brightness, we will let you know

Take a look at previous entrants for great ideas, and examples of clarity, focus and brightness-

Thank you for stopping in and making me a part of your Sunday routine! Until next time…..

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The Enchanted Home Love contest and a wonderful prize!

Good morning, hope your week is off to a wonderful start. It’s flying by, can’t believe today is Thursday and its already March 2nd. Spring cannot be far away!  Mine is going well, and I am extra excited as my chinoiserie tole container is due in hopefully tomorrow:)  And you know I love when I get in new goodies.

I think it’s about time for a new contest….I hold a contest 3-4 times a year and they are not only such fun to see and share, but a great way to show off something you might be proud of.

This contest is open to anyone who has made a purchase through The Enchanted Home. Here is your chance to show it off:) Send 1-2 pictures which includes an item that you have purchased with us. There are some guidelines to keep in mind-

  • You can send in 1-2 pictures to theenchantedhome@gmail.com (please don’t submit two if they are of the same thing unless styled differently)
  • Please be sure the subject line says “contest” as we get a lot of email and this way it’s not missed
  • Picture(s) must feature an item purchased through Enchanted Home (shop, promo,etc…)
  • Size and clarity and brightness is very important, if we feel a picture is not proper clarity or the right size, we will contact you, pictures subject to approval based on those two things
  • Up to 75 pictures will be accepted, will close submissions once 75 are received
  • You can submit pictures up until March 12th.
  • The contest will begin March 14th
  • The prize(s) are listed at end, cannot wait to see what you send in!

 

Here are some fabulous past examples of other entrants whose pictures are a wonderful example of clarity, size, and might even give you a few ideas of your own. Dark, blurry or small  pictures don’t really give it a fighting chance.

Getting as much natural light as possible is ALWAYS optimal. It will allow for a bright and most natural picture. So daytime pictures almost always are  a good idea. So get that spot ready for it’s close up. Can’t wait to see what you send in!

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THE GRAND PRIZE-

One lucky winner will win 3 months of Enchanted Home. That means you will get 3 beautiful surprise items, one per month starting in March! Will it be porcelain, silver, tole, a monogrammed goody, who knows!

RUNNER UP

Will receive a beautiful blue and white porcelain planter

Seeing all of these exquisite pictures reminds me of just how talented my readers/customs are…wow! Cannot wait to start receiving your pictures. It is always such fun to see how you use and display things in your homes.

I am always astounded at how beautiful they are and they are such a beautiful validation to what I do (and why I love it).  So get those creative juices flowing and I look forward to getting your pictures. Thanks for stopping in and wishing you a wonderful day!!

PS Pillow promo ends today, some beautiful pillows are still up for grabs. Click here

 

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The porcelain container arrival one day sale is on and a giveaway!

THIS PROMO AS OF 2/15 IS NOW OVER. THANK YOU FOR MAKING IT OUR MOST SUCCESSFUL CONTAINER YET!

WE WILL BE HOLDING A NEW PRESALE IN ABOUT 2 WEEKS WITH CONTENTS OF THE NEW MARCH CONTAINER, AND THERE ARE SOME UNBELIEVABLE ITEMS COMING IN SO DO CHECK BACK!

Hello friends! If you are like me, love and cannot get enough of porcelains and blue and white (with some colored pieces)  you have come to the right place! On Friday my first porcelain container of 2017 arrived and might I say this is my favorite one yet. So many stunning new pieces as well as a return of some customer favorites, plus an accent by popular demand,  on smaller pieces, and let me tell you they are sooo cute!

It is a fun but fast and furious process here when a container arrives, a few days spent unpacking and doing inventory then we immediately start getting orders out the door in the order they were received. Here are a few pics from the scene over at the warehouse as things were getting opened up and sent out…..it’s a fast and furious process! Because it’s Valentines Day tomorrow, I am extending this until the afternoon of Feb 14th so it’s really a one and a half day sale!

I always offer up the contents for a one day sale at special pricing…kind of a celebration sale plus a fun giveaway. Just a few “rules” before we begin in case you are new to this-

  • Two easy ways to place your order
  • Email to orders@enchantedhome.com OR call in at 1-800-804-9565
  • Things go fast so calling might be a better option to ensure you get what you want
  • Please refer to item number only and color if applicable
  • Limited quantities subject to availability
  • Final sale
  • A few items are sold out or nearly sold out
  • All invoices must be paid within 12 hours no exceptions
  • Everything shown is in stock and will ship within 2-3 days
  • Shipping is extra
  • This is on until Tues evening Feb. 14th
  • This offer is only good for the U.S. (sorry to my international customers)
  • Questions? Email or call us

Ready to see all  of the amazing goodies? Here we go….

ITEM 1. Soon to be a new best seller, my new favorite jar…..how exquisite is this new jar, in love! Measures 22″ x 11″ $185.00

ITEM 2. Fabulous pale antiqued green vase with blue, so eye catching and grand. Just calling for a big spray of white blossoms! $110.00

ITEM 3. My new favorite garden seat…so LOVE this piece (there is a matching GORGEOUS ginger jar item 15) . I will have to snatch a pair for myself and have just the place in mind:) 18.5″ $175.00

ITEM 4.Stunning new village scene vase with beautiful detailed handles, sure to become a top seller. 16″ tall $115.00

 

ITEM 5. Great little pen/makeup brush/utensil holders, these are practical and so pretty! 7″ tall $24.00

ITEM 6.  Calling all orange and white lovers! This beautiful orange and white ginger jar is a stunner, and a great size. Measures 13.5″ x 8″ $75.00

ITEM 7. Another orange and white beauty, this flat top measures 12″ x 9″ $65.00

ITEM 8. This beautiful pagoda is a stunner, great size measures 16″ tall. Sold individually $160.00

ITEM 9. Pictures do not do this wonderful pierced footed dish justice, so much  prettier in person, immediately took one home! Wonderful for display or serving $ 35.00

ITEM 10. This wonderful cylinder small vase is such a pretty piece, perfect for your weekly flowers, 11″ x 4.5″ $40.00

ITEM 11. This smaller ginger jar is the perfect accent for a blue and white vignette or for smaller spaces, measures 12″ tall $55.00

 

ITEM 12. Wonderful pen holders, because every desk needs one! Measures 6″ tall $25.00

ITEM 13. So love this little jar…how darling is this new mini jar, measures 8″ tall, love it! $35.00

ITEM 14. Another wonderful sm/mid sized jar measures 16″, love the scene and the foo dog top $85.00

ITEM 15. I knew I had to find a place for two of these….another new favorite, just loving this fabulous ginger jar. Measures 21.5″ tall $175.00 (matches above garden seat)

ITEM 16. Loving this new jar, a smaller  garden seat jar with foo dog top, beautiful! Measures 14″ $65.00

ITEM 17. Another great mid sized foo dog topped jar, fabulous design and great size,  measures 15.5″  $75.00

ITEM 18. Fabulous new plate, love this scalloped shape 18″ x 2.5″  $95.00 . Solid wood stand $10.00 with purchase of plate of $15.00without

ITEM 19. Mini fishbowls are making a comeback, so excited. These are amazing for so many uses,  4.5″ x 4″ $35.00

ITEM 20. Fabulous Phoenix jar is back, this is a beautiful jar alone or as a pair, measures 18″ x 10″  $155.00

ITEM 21. My all time favorite garden seat, love the large size 20″ x 13.5″ $285.00

 ITEM 22 Incredible and very grand pagodas, just look at the work and detailing on this…so excited to get these! This is 47″ and comes in two parts (one sits on top of the other).

Sold individually, wonderful alone or double the impact with a pair. $375 each, very special promo pricing (these retail for $1400 per pagoda) OR save on a pair and get two for $715.00

ITEM 23. A favorite mini jar, this double happiness flat top mini is too cute! A great piece to add to any vignette. Measures 6″ x 5.5″ $30.00

ITEM 24. Solid pagodas coming back in  a new color- navy, plus bringing back the white and pale blue THESE ARE SOLD AS A PAIR

$45.00 for solid

$ 55.00 for blue and white

Navy

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ITEM 25.  The ever so popular large flat top jars are wonderful and make such a statement! Measure 12″ x 9″. Two styles, $80.00

25A Pheasant

25B Bird

ITEM 26. Another favorite village scene large jar 21″ x 14.5″,  have a pair in my own home and adore these jars! $185.00

ITEM 27. Very popular floral bowl is also coming back, perfect for chests/consoles or filled with fruit on a kitchen island. Measures 12″ wide by 6″ tall. Only $75.00

 

ITEM 28. The exquisite tall pheasant bird vase with butterfly handles is so incredible beautiful….perfect for a huge sprat of blossoms or branches, a true beauty. Measures 24″ x 10″ $120.00

ITEM 29. Incredible regal extra large flower vase is coming back, I own this and have it displayed with a huge spray of cherry blossoms. This is such a beauty and so very elegant, 24″ x 9″ $155.00

ITEM 30. SOLD OUT( taking orders for the March container)The super popular pair of bird jars are making a comeback! Sold as a pair, these are $315.00 for the pair!

ITEM 31. The ultra popular blue and white minis are coming back and I doubled my usual order to be sure there are plenty to go around. They don’t get prettier than this! Beautiful as decorative accents or a stylish pair of book ends. Pair is $85.00

ITEM 32. The beautiful and very regal large pair of blue and white foo dogs are also making a return, these are exquisite. Measure 16″ x 11″ $145.00 for the pair

ITEM 33. A best selling mid sized planter, this is a beauty and a fantastic price. Measures 10″x 7″ $65.00

ITEM 34. Another very popular hexagon planter is back and am getting plenty of them, this is such practical and pretty planter, I own a few and use them for seasonal flowers and planters. Measures 9″ x 14″ $ 85.00

ITEM 35.  My best selling large straight fishbowl, this is such a beautiful piece and looks incredible with a large topiary or large boxwood, a very elegant planter indeed! Gorgeous handpainted figurines are featured around entire perimeter of fishbowl.  Measures 18″ x 17.5″ $210.00

ITEM 36. Mini foo dogs are coming back along with the new popular color pink! Solid foo dogs available in white or pale pink $ 45.00 per pair (specify color)

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 ITEM 37. Darling bud vases are also making a return, and are the perfect little vase for end tables and nightstands. Also great hostess gift measures 8″x 4.5″ $40.00 (two styles)

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ITEM 38 The return of the minis! These darling little jars were a hit and are coming back for good. Perfect for  small bud or two of your favorite flowers. Two styles.

38A Covered mini ginger jar, 7″ tall $34.00

38B Small vase with butterfly handles, 6″ tall $28.00

Wow that’s a whole lot of porcelain!! I see way too many pieces I need to have and that is always a problem but somehow miraculously I find a place for them:) OK onto the giveaway…

THE GIVEAWAY-

One lucky winner will win this super popular planter, perfect for so many uses. All you need to do is leave a comment on this post telling us your favorite item here and how you would use it. I will announce a winner on Wednesday morning so do check back. Good luck!

Thank you for stopping in……see something you simply must have. Just email or call-

Email- orders@enchantedhome.com

Call -1-800-804-9565

Wishing you a wonderful day and great start to your week! PS If you missed my Seven on Sunday post, click here

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Seven on Sunday

Hello and Happy Superbowl Sunday! I have to give us Americans credit, we are so good at coming up with things to celebrate. Golden Globes, Grammys, Superbowl, Academy Awards, always a fun excuse to party!

Hope everyone is enjoying a nice weekend. It’s been quite mild weather wise lately…almost feeling like winter is about done but I somehow think there is more to come. I wouldn’t mind one great big snowfall and then breeze right into spring!

Here things are calm (calm is good) and relaxing….dinner with friends, a beautiful farewell luncheon for an old friend and some downtime (much needed)! Plus it’s Superbowl Sunday, not that I am your biggest football fan but even I get into this iconic American celebration! May the best team win……moving along to my Seven on Sunday.

 

1 ONE STUNNING TABLE! I found this table setting and it was love at first sight. I love the colors and of course the blue and white accents, it is elegant and even a bit whimsical. Plus I had considered the fabric used on the chairs for a bench I was reupholstering and now kind of hoping I can find another place for it.

This is such a beautiful set up, kind of has me in the mood for a party……..click here to see the entire setup over at Atlanta Homes

 

2 INSTAGRAMS OF INTEREST Love the round up this week, the best of the best!! I never cease to be amazed by the sheer beauty that I find on a weekly basis. Think of this as the Oscars of Instagram but on a weekly basis!

And my favorite this week is this one below because well….how perfectly amazing is this!

3 SHOP NEWS Always love to share with you what is happening or on the horizon with my shop. Got in the bamboo lanterns in the medium size which is a great size, I had to share this gorgeous picture of a clients beautiful kitchen with two of them…so fabulous! Click here to see them in the Chinoiserie tole.

My customer ordered the ivory/blue, this one is not yet online but we did just get them back in, in the  med and large

Super excited about the container coming in this week then another container arriving in March which will have all kind of gorgeous new pieces-

Loving the tissue holder and wastepaper basket in blue and white-

This can only mean one thing….I MUST have a blue and white bathroom in PB!! The wastepaper basket is below-

Love this fabulous square planterand already have a place for two of them-

Excited to get this wonderful oversized village scene bowl in as well…going to fill it with green apples!

The silver is also en route and I have about 20 new pieces coming in, a few of them are below

4 A PROSECCO FESTIVAL! Who knew!! This is so my kind of festival:) Sounds like a blast, if you ask me. It will take place in May in East London and is four chock full days of bubbly, Italian music, food and masterclasses…how FUN!!! In case you need an excuse for a vacation, here is your opportunity just waiting…… courtesy of Tina:) For more info on this fun event click here

5. SUPERBOWL IDEAS! Well today is the big day…..I will admit I am not a huge football fan (unless one of my sons is playing) but even I get into the whole Superbowl excitement, how can you not, it would almost feel anti American! We were supposed to be away this weekend but plans changed so having a few people over last minute.

We typically have a small group over,  I like to do small bites and normally that is what I do in place of an actual dinner (a non stop revolving door of small bites)  but today I am whipping out the big guns…making a big pot of my most favorite meal of all, Beef Bourguignon Recipe is below along with a few great appetizer ideas in case you need a last minute idea or two-

This is GOOD as in insanely delicious. A tried and true recipe that is a winner. It’s a lot of prep but sooooo worth it!

  • About 3-4 tablespoons light virgin olive oil
  • 8 ounces bacon, chopped (1/2 a package)
  • 2 teaspoons garlic cloves, large chopped pieces (not too fine)
  • 1/2 cup Cognac
  • 1 bottle of good full bodied red wine (ideally like Beaujolais, Cabernet or Burgundy)
  • ?2 cups beef broth (I used Emerils box of beef stock which is a 32 oz box)
  • 1-2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2-2 1/2 pounds beef cut into 1-inch cubes (I use top round london broil)
  • Sea salt to taste
  • Fresh pepper
  • 1 pound carrots, cut to 1 inch (don’t use baby carrots, they are too soft)
  • 2 med.onions- thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh, thyme leaves (1/2 teaspoon dried) I used a bit more than the recipe called for and always use fresh
  • 4 tablespoons butter at room temperature, melted
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 pound fresh mushrooms (cut off stems and discard) can use more if you are like me and love mushrooms
  • about 3-4 Yukon gold potatoes diced into 1 inch pieces (some also add turnips)

If you have a nice heavy dutch oven, that is preferable otherwise a good stock pot is fine. I used my Le Cruset “weighs a ton” pot but it was perfect for this dish plus its French! Heat the olive oil and add the bacon, cook on medium until fairly crispy. Remove and drain bacon. Add cubed beef (after they have been rinsed, patted dry and sprinkled with sea salt and pepper) one layer at a time and sear the meat, this will take about 4-5 minutes, make sure its seared on all sides. Set aside with the bacon.

Next, you will add carrots, onions, and either potatoes or turnips if you are using them along with salt and pepper to the fat in the pot and cook for about 15 minutes or until soft and onions are lightly browned. Then add garlic and cook for another minute or two. Next add Cognac…you then should take a match and light it right in the pot…STAND BACK while you do this and stare in awe at your budding creation! (This process burns off the alcohol)

Next add the meat and bacon into the pot with the juices already in. Add the bottle of wine and beef broth, this mixture should pretty much cover the meat. Next add tomato paste and thyme. Simmer and then cover…at this point you can either cook it on the stove or transfer to a preheated oven (300 degrees) I cooked mine on the stove.

After about an hour and a half, the meat will be fork tender. On the side, take 2 tbsp of butter and melt then mix with flour and add to stew. In a small saute  pan, melt additional 2 tbsp of butter and saute mushrooms for about 5-10 minutes or until soft. Add to stew, bring to a brief boil and then simmer and cook for an additional 30 minutes. Season to taste. At the end, I add a few additional stalks of fresh thyme…get that  crusty baguette (which I throw on the grill or broiler with olive oil for a minute or two) and wine ready and you are in for a divine treat!

If you want a few good appetizer ideas and want to skip the idea of a fussy meal then these are really good too…..can’t stop at just one! Made these mini taco bites last year and they were a huge hit! Click here for recipe ( I did not used the beans just the hamburger meat and toppings)

Looking forward to trying these crab bites, yummy! Click here for the recipe

And how good do these spinach artichoke bites look plus with the name spinach it automatically means you can eat them to your hearts contest, after all its a “health food:” lol, click here for recipe

6. DESIGNER STAMPS! Oscar de la Renta was one of the most talented and iconic designers ever to walk the fashion globe. I think of beautiful, romantic frocks when I hear  his name and am lucky to own a special dress from him which I will always treasure even if I cannot fit into it anymore:)

So……I was so excited to see his legacy is being honored with these incredible stamps coming out mid Feb. I will never have been so happy to go to the post office!!

7. SUNDAY’S SURVEY. This is all about the Superbowl. I will admit I am not a serious football fan, (though I was with the best of them when  my son played in high school) but come Superbowl day I perk up and get into it, however must say the halftime show, palatable excitement  and excuse to enjoy all kinds of great goodies makes the day extra sweet:) So….what best sums up your feelings on this iconic American day?

So friends, that’s whats cooking over there on this beautiful Sunday. Hope whatever you are up to is fun and mostly relaxing..we all need a day to unwind and do just as we please. May the best team win, I know, I know (easy to say when you are neutral)! Until next time…..

PS As of Monday afternoon, there is a new flash sale! The Statuary and Planters flash sale is on for two days only, so many exquisite pieces perfect for spring planting! Click here

 

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Are you a member of The blue and white club?

***UPDATE ON PORCELAIN CONTAINER- For anyone who placed a presale order, the ETA is Feb. 7th so with luck we will have the container in our warehouse next week (woo hoo)  and be sure to look out for a special one day sale as I always have, so  many incredible things coming in! ***

Want to announce the two winners of the darling Giddy Paperie desktop calendars. Congratulations goes to-

#44 BARB and #24 CHRIS

Please email me at theenchantedhome@gmail.com to provide your shipping details so they can be on their merry way

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Are you a member? If you own something in blue and white or are an admirer of blue and white, then you are automatically inducted into the blue and white club! I might even go  a step further and willingly commit myself to BWA, (blue and white anonymous) as my addiction to it sees no end in sight. And with good reason, it is beautiful, classically timeless and literally looks good with every color.

Being a direct importer of blue and white porcelain, you would think I would have a threshold where even for me, there is such a thing as too much. But nooooooo, if anything my passion and love for it has only intensified over time (my husband will attest to this)! I so missed doing a post on blue and white and am happy to be bringing you one today. In fact I am going to try to do one every month or so…..why not. It makes so many so happy. Enjoy….

Proof that blue and white goes with every color under the rainbow! (my place setting)

Pretty much love everything about this exquisite bedroom,Ashley Whitaker

Love this setting from Aerin Lauder

A mantle is one of my favorite places to use blue and white, I change mine up all the time

My bathroom, living proof that blue and white has a place in every room

Beautiful vignette from Verandah House

Love how blue and white looks in an all white room….amazing!

Could these dresses from Dolce and Gabanna be any prettier!

Posted on these before but they never get old….these stunning blue and white pumpkins from Karolyn of The Relished Roost

Magnificent entry by J. Wilson Fuqua

Never met a blue and white dinner service I am not smitten over and feel like I “need”, Mottahedeh

How spectacular is this setting! Summer, you cannot come soon enough House of Harper

No there is simply no such thing as too much blue and white, John Rosselli, NYC

This here is bedroom perfection in blue and white, Grammercy Home

A beautiful planter coming in soon to my shop (due here in about 3 weeks)

Christmas 2016 marked the first of many “blue and white” Christmas’s to come…..there is no turning back now:)

Perfect on a mantle, my own home

In love with these bunk beds from Urban Grace

I love my blue and white pillows from Studio Tullia fo the outdoors and am counting down the days until I can bring them out again!

Cannot wait to get these blue and white mirrors with my next shipment of chinoiesrie tole, have just the place!!

Love blue and white in a bathroom…..Decor Pad

Beautiful room in cream heavy on the blue and white accents, never seen a chandelier above a coffee table like that but it works! Glam Pad

Another day, another blue and white display:)

This spectacular space from Cathy Kincaid takes my breath away!

Are these not the cutest thing you have ever seen? They melt my heart:)  Bobka Baby

Loved the way this patio came out for a showhouse I did a few years ago

Fabulous space in blue and white by S.B. Long

Breathtaking loggia by Cathy Kincaid….perfection!

Beautiful blue and white tablescape by House of Harper

Isn’t this gorgeous? I am so in love with everything about this, Home Bunch

Simplicity….sometimes a single vase with fresh flowers is all you need (my own)

Fabulous loggia from the amazing book, Palm Beach Chic

Sometimes all you need are a few ginger jars for the “wow” effect, and I love it next to black! Ashley Whittaker

And perhaps saving the best for last…a blue and white Christmas tree!! Working on the new 2017 collection as we speak and can hardly wait!

Well if this doesn’t give you your blue and white fix, not sure what can. Does it ever get old or redundant? Not to me! I think it will be here until the end of time and there are few places in the world that wouldn’t be prettier with a sprinkling of blue and white.

So what’s your say on the matter? Have a favorite way you like to use it? Do tell! Thanks for stopping in…..cheers to a much smoother week this week! Until next time…..

PS Speaking of blue and white just this morning a onesie and twosie sale is starting! Many blue and white items of which there are only one or two  left of plus some silver and chinoiserie all at rockbottom prices…good opportunity to snag something you might have had your eye on. Click here to see the promo

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Seven on Sunday

Hello and Happy Sunday. Well this is one week I was happy to see end. The stress level was high and I really needed the weekend to “decompress”. Launching a new site is exciting but nerve wrecking. Thank you for all of your very kind comments and emails…..they were so great to read and very encouraging…happy you love the new site. But, remember we are still doing a lot of tweaking and updating as I mentioned in my previous post.

The shop site is not at all updated yet and things like seeing only half the picture on the home page, plus being able to search for previous posts plus more are still being fixed. The “window” that seem too small  where you view the actual post will be fixed as well asl the ability to be able to pin all the pictures, plus many more odds and ends- so as I had mentioned,  please be patient, knowing that we are on it:)

Putting the obvious blog maintenance aside, I am really starting to enjoy my new site and hope that within the week, it should be nearly fully updated. In the end, I know it will be well worth all of the frustration, impatience, screaming matches,temptations to drink wine at 9am, and annoyances. It was quite an undertaking, one I am happy to put behind me!

Hope your Sunday is off to a great start and that you are enjoying a wonderful weekend. Today is bittersweet as my sweet youngest soon is going back to college later today. He has been home almost a full month and it’s been so wonderful having him home…though he’s not home often, when he is, the house just feels “right”.

Plus hes my biggest fan of my cooking so it’s always a treat cooking for such an appreciative and complimentary patron:) He will be really missed…….look forward to a week of continued small improvements on the blog,shop updates, a great giveaway and a celebration discount in the coming week.

Moving along to my Seven on Sunday……

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1. BLUE AND WHITE GOODIES. Not only was this a Blue and white Christmas (and will be from here on in) I got so many beautiful blue and white gifts. I have to share  a few with you because they are worth knowing about!

I got this most exquisite planter/champagne bucket with my very own personalized cipher/monogram (in blue and white or course) from the one and only Sasha Nichols, given by  incredibly generous and stylish  Laurie of LB Originals. Absolutely love it!! Will treasure it forever. I am currently using it for my azalea topiary who seems quite happy in it:)

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Then this exquisite framed blue and white handpainted art just made my day and now happily has been placed in my office. Super stylish Bettie of My Private Newport so generously sent this to me, it is perfect in my office. The artists name is Kate Drenckhahn, you can see more of her beautiful pieces by clicking here

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Then a friend from Palmetto Bluff gave me this set of 8 cloth ginger jar napkins and these awesome ginger jar disposable placemats…does she know me well or what! These make me smile every time I use them,  then to have gotten the matching fabirc napkins was the icing on a very sweet cake. Needless to say we use them every day!

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2. KEANU REEVES. My husband actually gets the credit for this, showed me the video and I was so moved by this humble man. I have always thought he is a wonderful and talented actor and seemed humble on screen but had no idea how closely it mirrors his true persona.

He is regularly known to ride the subway and there are frequent accounts of him always offering up his seat to a nearby standing female passenger. Bravo! Very inspiring and so “un hollywood’. You rock Keanu!

3. NEW RECIPE Well actually this is not really a new recipe, in that I have made this before but haven’t made it in a while. Cassoluet is a classic traditional French dish, satisfying and layered with great flavors.

It is perfect and very hearty for the cold winter months. I have added chicken instead of the pork with a small amount of sausage, there are variations that you can experiment with, it is an exceptional tasty dish and cooking/serving it in a Le Cruset makes it feel so authentic, add a nice crusty loaf of bread and you are good to go!

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INGREDIENTS-

  • 2 lbs. Great Northern Beans
  • 6 cups Vegetable broth
  • 2 cups of red wine
  • 1 large onion cut into chunks
  • 1 28 oz. can of crushed tomatoes
  • 6 medium carrots sliced into ½” pieces
  • 1 lb. Italian sausage partially cooked and sliced
  • 2 lbs. pork shoulder cut into chunks
  • 1 lb. slab bacon cut into chunks
  • 10-12 sprigs of parsley
  • 10-12 sprigs of thyme
  • 1½ tsp. allspice
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. pepper

INSTRUCTIONS-

  • Preheat your oven to 250F.
  • Tie the thyme and parsley sprigs with butcher’s twine. (This will be added to the casserole)
  • Place all the cut meat in a large bowl and add the allspice, salt and pepper and coat well.
  • Rinse the beans and place in a large pot with enough water to cover on medium heat. Simmer for about 20 minutes and drain.
  • In a large oven safe casserole place the beans, vegetable broth, tomatoes, meats and tied herbs.
  • Cover and cook for about two hours.
  • Uncover and add the wine.
  • Continue to cook for an additional hour or until the beans and meat are fork tender.

4. INSTAGRAMS OF INTEREST. Always a highlight of these posts is getting to share with you what got my interest this past week.  Needless to say there was plenty!!

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And my favorite this week is this amazingly beautiful stationery from Nico and Lala, soooo fabulous! I love the navy with the peachy tones, has me thinking of creating an event just to use these:)

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5. A PRINCESS DIANA HOLIDAY. One of my all time favorite people, Princess Diana to me, was one of the kindest, most empathetic, humble and most misunderstood people. I so admired and was greatly  inspired by her. I was thrilled to learn that a holiday has been established in her honor, fittingly called National Kindness Day.

Also to mark the 20th anniversary of her death (I still remember the night it happened, being awake at around 11:30 and shockingly watching the breaking news come through) there will be a year long series of events organized by The Diana Award, an organization that keeps her spirit and charitable giving alive. For more info click here.

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6.NEEDLE AND THREAD. I have been a fan every since I discovered this affordable but so exquisite line of beaded dresses,tops and skirts. The detailing is so beautiful. Everyone one of these tops, I am in love with. They could be dressed up with a beautiful ballgown skirt or slightly dressed down with a pair of velvet pants. Every one of these is so gorgeous and some are even on sale!! Click here to see the entire collection of Needle and Thread.

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And if you have a dressy affair coming up, absolutely check out Net a Porters unbelievable sale on gowns, some are up to 70% off!! Click here to see them all…..

 

7. SUNDAY’S SURVEY. So we got another light snow yesterday (enough to make everything look pretty)  and I declared that I am pretty much over winter now. One big and one light snow, let’s move onto spring!

I used to love winter when we would go skiing and the kids were young but now I could happily skip over it. I LOVE fall and spring and summer are tied right behind it. The older I get the more I am feeling done with this frigid season that goes right to your bones and don’t get me started on it getting dark before 5pm! How about you…..what are your thoughts on old man winter?


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Well friends that’s a wrap! Hope you enjoyed this post, thanks for stopping by and of course so enjoy hearing from you. Please be patient as we continue to button up the site, knowing we will be working on things all week long….it will be improving one day at a time:) Wishing you a wonderful and hopefully relaxing Sunday, until next time…..

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